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You have a SQL Server 2005 sales database experiencing performance problems because of heavy I/O activity. You decide to create a snapshot of this database every hour, stored on a separate physical disk array and use that for reporting queries. However the queries still seem slow immediately after snapshot creation. Why?
The snapshot still queries the original database.
The snapshot of the production database will only reduce I/O for changed pages. Any data that has not been changed will be read from the source database, which is in this case is experiencing heavy I/O itself.

In Reporting Services 2005, how is Report Builder typically deployed to end users?
One click deployment launched from a menu on the Report Manager home page
One click deployment is fast and easy, users click the menu on the Report Manager page. It is not a web application, but rather a .Net Winform application.

Native Web Services require what type of endpoint in SQL Server 2005?
HTTP endpoints
Native XML Web Services in SQL Server 2005 require HTTP endpoints to communicate with clients.

If you have a replication scenario with one publisher, one distributor and one subscriber and the transaction isolation level is not set to serializable, what happens when a transaction fails on the publisher?
It is still sent to the distributor and executed on the subscriber.
A transaction that fails in the publication database is still sent to the distributor and subscriber. YUou can trap the error, but you would need to trap it on the subscriber as well.

When creating a full-text index on a BLOB column (image, binary or varbinary) where a file is stored, what happens if an incorrect file prefix is stored in the type column? (For instance: if a word document is stored in the image or a varbinary(MAX) column and the value of the type column is '.pdf'.
The row is not full-text indexed and an error message is written to the SQL Server Error Log
The answer is the row is not full-text indexed and an error message is written to the SQL Server Error Log. No columns in the row are full-text indexed and an error message is written to the SQL Server Error Log.

In SQL Server 2005 Full-Text Search, you set up a replacement set like this:
<pat>SS2K5 </pat>
<sub>SQL Server 2005 </sub>
<sub>SQL Server 2K5 </sub>
A search for "SS2K5" doesn't return results with fields that you know contain "SS2K5". What is wrong?

The replacement set does not return results with the search terms, only the specified replacements.

In the SQL Server 2005 thesaurus XML configuration file, what is the expansion set?
Expansion sets are synonyms for the search term and returned as results if they appear along with the search term.
The expansion set is the group of values that are synonyms and can be substituted for the search term. For example, an expansion set can be "SS2K5", "SQL Server 2005", "SQL2K5". In this case, fields with any of these 3 values would be returned as a result for searches on "SQL Server 2005".

You are initiating a new replication subscription for one of the remote offices, but don't want to transfer it across the network. The snapshot files are 725MB, too large for your CD burner and there is no tape drive at the remote office. What feature of SQL Server 2005 would help you get the snapshot transferred?
Compressed Snapshots
In SQL Server 2005, you can specify a snapshot to be compressed and it will be compressed using the CAB format. If it compresses enough, you should be able to burn it onto a CD.

The TRUSTWORTHY database property is by default?
The correct answer is off The TRUSTWORTHY database property indicates whether the installed instance of SQL Server trusts the database such that it can reach out and perform actions outside the database. By default it is OFF such that the database to reduce certain threats that can result from attaching a database that contains potentially harmful code

Where are Notification Services event messages logged in SQL Server 2005?
In the Windows Application Log
Event messages are logged in the Windows Application log.

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