IN THIS CHAPTER
Microsoft SQL Server was the first RDBMS to provide graphical management and diagnostic tools bundled with the product, in addition to several command-prompt utilities. Since then, the existing tools have evolved, and new tools have been introduced in every SQL Server release. The SQL Server 2005 release is no different. As a matter of fact, because it is the biggest SQL Server release to date, with hundreds of new features, it was very important for Microsoft to deliver a suite of integrated graphical tools, command-prompt utilities, and new management programming APIs that simplify database administration, management, authoring, and operations. This chapter provides an in-depth look at the new tools and utilities introduced in SQL Server 2005.