This book has two goals, and which of these applies to you depends on your background.
For experienced DBAs, the goal is to introduce you to the new features of SQL
Server 2008 that will improve your administration routines. For new DBAs, or for those
who administer databases on a part-time basis, the goal is to fast-track your adherence
to best practices by avoiding common mistakes. In either case, the intention is not to
give you step-by-step instructions on how to do a particular task but to provide general
directions on best practices. You’ll need to do the hard yards yourself, but my hope is
that this book will steer you in the right direction and save you a lot of time and
energy by avoiding the mistakes that I’ve made myself—sometimes more than once!