Books Online for SQL Server 2012
Welcome to Microsoft® Books Online for Microsoft SQL Server 2012®. Books Online contains the task descriptions and reference documentation that describes how to perform data management and business intelligence work by using SQL Server.
SQL Server 2012 introduces two significant documentation changes; a new help viewer that changes the way that you install and view the documentation, and the documentation has been restructured to address issues with previous versions of Books Online. SQL Server 2012 Books Online contains a smaller set of foundation content optimized for users who are searching for information about how to complete a task. For more information, see SQL Server Documentation Restructure.
SQL Server 2012 Books Online uses the help viewer released with Microsoft® Visual Studio 2010 Service Pack 1 (SP1). Also, the SQL Server documentation is no longer included in the installation media, but must be either viewed online, or downloaded as a local help collection. For more information, see Use Product Documentation for SQL Server.
SQL Server includes several data management and analysis technologies. Click on the links in the following table to find the feature, task, and reference documentation for each technology.