I try to let you know of every free eBook that Microsoft Press releases and I came across another one today in preparation for the release of SQL 2008 R2.
This book is for anyone who has an interest in SQL Server 2008 R2 and wants to understand its capabilities. In a book of this size, we cannot cover every feature that distinguishes SQL Server from other databases, and consequently we assume that you have some familiarity with SQL Server already. You might be a database administrator (DBA), an application developer, a power user, or a technical decision maker. Regardless of your role, we hope that you can use this book to discover the features in SQL Server 2008 R2 that are most beneficial to you.
PART I Database Administration CHAPTER 1 SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements CHAPTER 2 Multi-Server Administration CHAPTER 3 Data-Tier Applications CHAPTER 4 High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements CHAPTER 5 Consolidation and Monitoring PART II Business Intelligence Development CHAPTER 6 Scalable Data Warehousing CHAPTER 7 Master Data Services CHAPTER 8 Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight CHAPTER 9 Reporting Services Enhancements CHAPTER 10 Self-Service Analysis with PowerPivot