SQL the One: Microsoft SQL Server Interview Guide

Notion Press
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"Congratulations! You are going to WIN your next SQL Server interview. “SQL The One” book can guide you to achieve the success in your next interview. This book covers Microsoft SQL Server interview experiences, questions and answers for a range of SQL DBA’s and SQL Server Professionals. All of these questions have been collected from the people who attended interviews at various multinational companies across the world. It also covers “How to prepare for a SQL DBA interview?” and “How to become an expert in your career?”

Salient Features of Book

All interview questions are asked in various MNC
Covers 1090 real time questions and answers
254 questions on SQL Server Performance Tuning
Covers all SQL Server HA & DR features
316 questions on SQL Server HA & DR features
Lots of scenario based questions
Covers SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014 and 2016
Questions are categorized
In-depth explanations An Interview Experience with Microsoft
Useful as a reference guide for SQL DBA Interview preparation
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About the author

Uday Arumilli: Was born and brought up in a small village called “VENTURU” located in Andhra Pradesh, India. He is a post graduate in Computer Science from Andhra University College of Engineering. He is having a decade experience with Microsoft SQL Server in designing, developing, administrating, maintaining and optimizing enterprise database systems for the world class organizations. He is having a rich experience in building database applications using one of the finest platforms “SQL Server” with the lowest possible cost. He is also experienced in freelancing, blogging and consulting database solutions. Currently, he is associated with a database architect role and architecting Microsoft SQL Server database systems with specific focus on cloud. You can find more about the author and material related to these topics on his blog. He can be reached through his personal email, blog, Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn. Blog: www.udayarumilli.com Email: udayarumilli@gmail.com LinkedIn: http://in.linkedin.com/in/udayarumilli Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/udayarumilli Twitter: https://twitter.com/udayarumilli
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Notion Press
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Published on
Dec 17, 2016
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Pages
498
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ISBN
9781946390981
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English
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Computers / Programming Languages / SQL
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