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Microsoft® SQL Server 2005 Unleashed by John Kane, Tudor Trufinescu, Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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Chapter 1. SQL Server 2005 Overview

IN THIS CHAPTER

Exactly what is SQL Server 2005? When you first install the product, what are all the pieces you get, what do they do, and which of them do you need?

At its core, SQL Server 2005 is an enterprise-class database management system (DBMS) that is capable of running anything from a personal database only a few megabytes in size on a handheld Windows Mobile device up to a multiserver database system managing terabytes of information. However, SQL Server 2005 is much more than just a database engine.

The SQL Server product is made up of a number of different components. This chapter describes each of the pieces that make ...

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