Defining SQL Server [Windows Small Business Server 2003 Best Practices book excerpt]

Good monring SBSers! This is my daily virtual book reading where I post up a passage or two. Today is a quickie on defining SQL Server.

SQL Server Defined

At its heart, SQL Server is a database, but you likely already knew that from the introductory discussion. Did you know, however, that it differs from other databases you might have worked with in the past in that SQL Server is a client/ server database? Perhaps you’ve worked with other databases, such as dBASE, which are relational databases (similar to SQL Server), but don’t exploit the power of the network’s server (the SBS server machine on an SBS network). Figure 14-1 shows how SQL Server works as a client/server database and how other databases (such as dBASE) work.


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Figure 14-1

SQL Server client/server versus other databases.


Harry Brelsford, CEO at smb nation

Microsoft Small Business Specialist SBSC, MBA, MCSE, MCT, MCP, CNE, CLSE, CNP

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