Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

This instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 database. The course focuses on teaching individuals how to use SQL Server 2012 product features and tools related to maintaining a database. All the labs for this course can be performed using the provided virtual machines. However, if you have a Microsoft Windows Azure account and the classroom virtual machines connect to the internet you may be able to connect to your Azure server and database from the classroom. Many of the labs in this course are enabled for you to perform the lab while connected to your own Azure database in the cloud. Your instructor should be able to provide a current list of Azure enabled labs.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Plan and install SQL Server.
  • Describes the system databases, the physical structure of databases and the most common configuration options related to them.
  • Explain the concept of the transaction log and SQL Server recovery models and implement different backup strategies available with SQL Server.
  • Create SQL Server Backups.
  • Restore SQL Server databases.
  • Use the import/export wizards and explain how they relate to SSIS.
  • Work with SQL Server security models, logins and users.
  • Work with fixed server roles, user-defined server roles, fixed database roles and user-defined database roles.
  • Work with permissions and the assignment of permissions.
  • Work with SQL Server Audit.
  • Work with SQL Server Agent, jobs and job history.
  • Implement SQL Server agent security, proxy accounts and credentials.
  • Configure database mail, alerts and notifications.
  • Create database maintenance plans.
  • Work with SQL Profiler and SQL Trace stored procedures.
  • Introduce DMVs and the configuration of data collection.
  • Work with Central Management Servers and Multi-Server queries, Virtualization of SQL Server and Data-Tier Applications.
  • Troubleshoot SQL Server databases.

Prerequisites

In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Some experience with database design.

Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by attending the following courses, or obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills:

  • Writing T-SQL Queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Course Track

Module 1: Introduction to SQL Server 2012 and its Toolset

  • Introduction to the SQL Server Platform
  • Working with SQL Server Tools
  • Configuring SQL Server Services

Module 2: Preparing Systems for SQL Server 2012

  • Overview of SQL Server Architecture
  • Planning Server Resource Requirements
  • Pre-installation Testing for SQL Server

Module 3: Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2012

  • Preparing to Install SQL Server
  • Installing SQL Server
  • Upgrading and Automating Installation

Module 4: Working with Databases

  • Overview of SQL Server Databases
  • Working with Files and Filegroups
  • Moving Database Files

Module 5: Understanding SQL Server 2012 Recovery Models

  • Backup Strategies
  • Understanding SQL Server Transaction Logging
  • Planning a SQL Server Backup Strategy

Module 6: Backup of SQL Server 2012 Databases

  • Backing up Databases and Transaction Logs
  • Managing Database Backups
  • Working with Backup Options

Module 7: Restoring SQL Server 2012 Databases

  • Understanding the Restore Process
  • Restoring Databases
  • Working with Point-in-time recovery
  • Restoring System Databases and Individual Files
  • Work with Point-in-time Recovery.
  • Restore system databases and individual files.

Module 8: Importing and Exporting Data

  • Transferring Data To/From SQL Server
  • Importing and Exporting Table Data
  • Inserting Data in Bulk

Module 9: Authenticating and Authorizing Users

  • Authenticating Connections to SQL Server
  • Authorizing Logins to Access Databases
  • Authorization Across Servers

Module 10: Assigning Server and Database Roles

  • Working with Server Roles
  • Working with Fixed Database Roles
  • Creating User-defined Database Roles

Module 11: Authorizing Users to Access Resources

  • Authorizing User Access to Objects
  • Authorizing Users to Execute Code
  • Configuring Permissions at the Schema Level

Module 12: Auditing SQL Server Environments

  • Options for Auditing Data Access in SQL
  • Implementing SQL Server Audit
  • Managing SQL Server Audit

Module 13: Automating SQL Server 2012 Management

  • Automating SQL Server Management
  • Working with SQL Server Agent
  • Managing SQL Server Agent Jobs

Module 14: Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent

  • Understanding SQL Server Agent Security
  • Configuring Credentials
  • Configuring Proxy Accounts

Course Benefits

This course will prepare students to pass the Microsoft Exam 70-462 which will earn them credits towards the MCSA / MCSE SQL Data Platform track.

The primary audience for this course is individuals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases. These individuals perform database administration and maintenance as their primary area of responsibility, or work in environments where databases play a key role in their primary job.

The secondary audiences for this course are individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.

Course Duration

This course is completed in 40 hours of Hands-on instructor-led classes.

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