Getting Started with SQL Server 2008 R2, begins with SQL Server 2008 R2 version's new features and enhancements such as master data services, data-tier applications, and adding the service pack features using Slipstream technology.
In this excerpt, Packt Enterprise will run through the designing best practice approach in upgrading to SQL Server 2008 R2 and take advantage of federated servers enhancements.
Also in this chapter, they will cover:
Adding SQL Server R2 Service Pack features using Slipstream Technology
Designing a best practice approach in upgrading to SQL Server 2008 R2
Working with Data-Tier applications
Designing and adopting SQL Server 2008 R2 solutions
Designing applications to use federated servers
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