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My thesis at university is studying about high availability database. Can you suggest me some good books on this field? I want to concentrate on SQL Server.

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Gray and Reuter's Transaction Processing: Concepts and Techniques is quite a good book on the underlying theory. It has quite a lot of background reading on fault tolerance (one of the authors used to work for Tandem) and other related items. Fairly dry and textbook-ish, but arguably the definitive work on the subject.

For material specific to SQL server, the Guru's Guide books, or SQL Server Internals are a good start.

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Allan Hirt is a notable person in SQL Server area specializing in High Availability and wrote an excellent book on this topic.

http://www.amazon.com/Server-2005-High-Availability-ebook/dp/B001U5VK08/ref=sr%5F1%5F2?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1261964956&sr=8-2

SQLPass.Org is a free website and you can find few videos from industry experts on this topic as well.

http://www.sqlpass.org/LearningCenter/SummitOnDemand.aspx

Paul Randal managed SQL Server team and he has some excellent posts on this topic as well. http://sqlskills.com/BLOGS/PAUL/category/High-Availability.aspx

And finally few good white papers on this topic at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee229552%28SQL.10%29.aspx

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I have most of Allan Hirt's books... very good stuff. The one you referenced for SQL 2005 as well as this one amazon.com/Server-Failover-Clustering-Experts-Voice/dp/… are staples on my desk at the office. –  tcnolan Jan 4 '10 at 22:27

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