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SQL Server® 2008 Administration: Real World Skills for MCITP Certification and Beyond by Tom Carpenter

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SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio

The SQL Server Business Intelligence Development Studio (lovingly known as BIDS to reduce the mouthful) is used for Reporting Services, Analysis Services, and Integration Services projects. In this book, you will focus on core administration of SQL Server so most of the content will be related to Integration Services. However, Chapter 12, "Implementing Advanced Features," will introduce you to Reporting Services and Analysis Services. Integration Services will be covered in detail in Chapters 12, 13 and 21. For now, let's look at the basic features and interface provided by the BIDS application.

Overview of BIDS

BIDS is used to create projects of different types. BIDS is basically a slimmed-down ...

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