SQL Server provides a set of command-line utilities that allow you to execute some of the SQL Server programs from the command prompt. Much of the functionality housed in these utilities is also available in other graphical tools such as the SQL Enterprise Manager. However, you will find the ability to initiate these programs from the command prompt is invaluable in certain scenarios.

The next chapter, "SQL Server Query Analyzer and SQL Debugger," covers two fundamental tools that you can use to create and test efficient SQL Server queries.

    Part III: SQL Server Administration
    Part IV: Transact-SQL
    Part V: SQL Server Internals and Performance Tuning
    Part VI: Additional SQL Server Features