Books Online for SQL Server 2014

Welcome to Microsoft® Books Online for Microsoft SQL Server 2014®. 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 2016, and later versions, are documented here. SQL Server 2012, and older versions, are documented here.

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Azure Virtual Machine small Have an Azure account? Then go Here to spin up a Virtual Machine with SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 (SP1) already installed. For more information on SQL Server 2014 (SP1), see SQL Server 2014 Service Pack 1 release information.

SQL Server Technologies

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.

Database Engine icon Database Engine

The Database Engine is the core service for storing, processing and securing data. The Database Engine provides controlled access and rapid transaction processing to meet the requirements of the most demanding data consuming applications within your enterprise. The Database Engine also provides rich support for sustaining high availability.
DQS Logo for BOL home topic Data Quality Services

SQL Server Data Quality Services (DQS) provides you with a knowledge-driven data cleansing solution. DQS enables you to build a knowledge base, and then use that knowledge base to perform data correction and deduplication on your data, using both computer-assisted and interactive means. You can use cloud-based reference data services, and you can build a data management solution that integrates DQS with SQL Server Integration Services and Master Data Services.
Analysis Services icon Analysis Services

Analysis Services is an analytical data platform and toolset for personal, team, and corporate business intelligence. Servers and client designers support traditional OLAP solutions, new tabular modeling solutions, as well as self-service analytics and collaboration using PowerPivot, Excel, and a SharePoint Server environment. Analysis Services also includes Data Mining so that you can uncover the patterns and relationships hidden inside large volumes of data.
Integration Services icon Integration Services

Integration Services is a platform for building high performance data integration solutions, including packages that provide extract, transform, and load (ETL) processing for data warehousing.
mds_cm_icon Master Data Services

Master Data Services is the SQL Server solution for master data management. A solution built on Master Data Services helps ensure that reporting and analysis is based on the right information. Using Master Data Services, you create a central repository for your master data and maintain an auditable, securable record of that data as it changes over time.
Replication icon Replication

Replication is a set of technologies for copying and distributing data and database objects from one database to another, and then synchronizing between databases to maintain consistency. By using replication, you can distribute data to different locations and to remote or mobile users by means of local and wide area networks, dial-up connections, wireless connections, and the Internet.
Reporting Services icon Reporting Services

Reporting Services delivers enterprise, Web-enabled reporting functionality so you can create reports that draw content from a variety of data sources, publish reports in various formats, and centrally manage security and subscriptions.

SQL Server Information on the Web

Microsoft publishes additional information about SQL Server in several Web sites.

SQL Server Web Sites

SQL Server 2005, 2008, 2012, 2016+

We accumulate and retain documentation for very old versions of SQL Server in a set of archive webpages. The archived webpages are not processed by search engines, such as and But you can see these archives at our Docs previous-versions/ address:

These archives include the documentation for at least the following older versions:

  • SQL Server 2012
  • SQL Server 2008 R2
  • SQL Server 2008
  • SQL Server 2005

SQL Server 2014 documentation is still processed by search engines.

SQL Server 2016, and later versions, are documented here.

See Also

SQL Server Configuration Manager Help