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Features of SQL Native Client

In addition to exposing features contained in the most recent version of the Microsoft Data Access Components (MDAC), SQL Native Client also implements many other features to take advantage of new functionality provided by SQL Server 2005.

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Although MDAC supports SQL Server 2005, MDAC does not exploit certain features found in it. You must use SQL Native Client to take advantage of these new features.

Topic Description

Using Database Mirroring

Discusses how SQL Native Client supports the use of mirrored databases, which is the ability to keep a copy, or mirror, of a SQL Server 2005 database on a standby server.

Performing Asynchronous Operations

Discusses how SQL Native Client supports asynchronous operations, which is the ability to return immediately without blocking on the calling thread.

Using Multiple Active Result Sets (MARS)

Discusses how SQL Native Client supports multiple active result sets (MARS), which is the ability to execute and receive multiple result sets using a single database connection

Using XML Data Types

Discusses how SQL Native Client supports the XML data type, which is a SQL Server 2005 XML-based data type that can be used as a column type, variable type, parameter type, or function return type.

Using User-Defined Types

Discusses how SQL Native Client supports User-Defined Types (UDT), which extends the SQL type system by allowing you to store objects and custom data structures in a SQL Server 2005 database.

Using Large Value Types

Discusses how SQL Native Client supports large value data types, which are large object data types (LOB) that are supported in SQL Server 2005.

Changing Passwords Programmatically

Discusses how SQL Native Client supports the handling of expired passwords so that passwords can now be changed on the client without administrator involvement.

Working with Snapshot Isolation

Discusses how SQL Native Client supports the enhancement to row versioning that improves database performance by avoiding reader-writer blocking scenarios.

Working with Query Notifications

Discusses how SQL Native Client supports consumer notification on rowset modification.

Performing Bulk Copy Operations

Discusses how SQL Native Client supports bulk copy operations that allow the transfer of large amounts of data into or out of a SQL Server table or view.

Using Encryption Without Validation

Discusses how to use SQL Native Client to encrypt data sent to the server without validating the certificate.

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