Practical Microsoft SQL Server 7.0
by Brad M. McGehee and others
Unlike the other books that have been reviewed on this web site, this book is not geared toward performance tuning, but instead is a beginner’s guide for the new DBA. I have included on this web site because not everyone who is interested in performance tuning is an experienced DBA, and because I am the lead author of the book.
If you are new to SQL Server, I feel this is the best book on the market you can find to learn the basics. Learning to become a DBA is not for the faint of heart, and reading this book will not teach you everything you need to know, although it will be a good first step.
Topics covered in this book include:
SQL Server Basics
Installing and Configuring SQL Server
Administering SQL Server
SQL Server Security
Preventing Data Loss
Advanced SQL Server Administration