Microsoft Press publishes another free e-book: "Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2" by Ross Mistry and Stacia Misner.
The authors' purpose in "Introducing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2" is to point out both the new and the improved in the latest version of SQL Server. As you read this book, you will find that there are a lot of exciting enhancements and new capabilities engineered into SQL Server 2008 R2 that will have a positive impact on your applications, ranging from improvements in operation to those in management. It is definitely not a minor release!
This book is for anyone who has an interest in SQL Server 2008 R2 and wants to understand its capabilities. We assume that you have some familiarity with SQL Server already before reading this book.
PART I Database Administration
CHAPTER 1 SQL Server 2008 R2 Editions and Enhancements
CHAPTER 2 Multi-Server Administration
CHAPTER 3 Data-Tier Applications
CHAPTER 4 High Availability and Virtualization Enhancements
CHAPTER 5 Consolidation and Monitoring
PART II Business Intelligence Development
CHAPTER 6 Scalable Data Warehousing
CHAPTER 7 Master Data Services
CHAPTER 8 Complex Event Processing with StreamInsight
CHAPTER 9 Reporting Services Enhancements
CHAPTER 10 Self-Service Analysis with PowerPivot
Download the free e-books at the Microsoft Press blog post.