The final version of Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 by Ross Mistry (@RossMistry) and Stacia Misner (@StaciaMisner), is now available.
Although this book expects readers to have an understanding of SQL Server from a database administrator and business-intelligence perspective, anyone who has an interest in SQL Server will find its content valuable as it provides insight into new and improved capabilities of 2012 as they apply to achieving mission-critical confidence, breakthrough insight, and using a cloud on your terms.
The PDF version of this book can be download from here (288 pages; 10.8 MB) and a hardcopy is also available for purchase from here (US$14.99).
PART I DATABASE ADMINISTRATION (by Ross Mistry)
1. SQL Server 2012 Editions and Engine Enhancements
2. High-Availability and Disaster-Recovery Enhancements
3. Performance and Scalability
4. Security Enhancements
5. Programmability and Beyond-Relational Enhancements
PART II BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE DEVELOPMENT (by Stacia Misner)
6. Integration Services
7. Data Quality Services
8. Master Data Services
9. Analysis Services and PowerPivot
10. Reporting Services