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Chapter 23. Administering Databases with... > In the Real World—Enterprise-Class M...

In the Real World—Enterprise-Class Management Tools

Two of the most important features that distinguish SQL Server from its RDBMS competitors are ease of installation and maintenance, and its enhanced graphical toolset—Enterprise Manager and Query Analyzer. Microsoft has a long marketing row to hoe before SQL Server achieves the status of IBM DB2 or Oracle as an enterprise-class RDBMS. There's no question, however, that SQL Enterprise Manager deserves its middle name.

It's unfortunate—but understandable—that Microsoft doesn't include the SQL Server Client Tools with Office XP. Access 2002's online help is missing the Transact-SQL and Microsoft SQL Server Error Message topics included with Access 2000 help, but you can read—and perhaps download—the entire set of SQL Server Books Online files from the link on the “About Getting Help for SQL Server” help topic. You're not likely to progress beyond apprentice database administrator status without SQL Server Books Online.


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