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Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Database - 6231 Course Outline

 (5 days)
Version 2008

This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 database. The course focuses on teaching individuals how to use SQL Server 2008 R2 product features and tools related to maintaining a database.

Audience Profile
The primary audience for this course is individuals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases. This course can also be helpful for individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.

At Course Completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:
Explain SQL Server 2008 R2 architecture, resources requirements and perform pre-checks of I/O subsystems
Plan, install and configure SQL Server 2008 R2
Backup and restore databases
Import and export wizards and explain how they relate to SSIS
Use BCP and BULK INSERT to import data
Manage security
Assign, configure fixed database roles and create and assign user defined database roles
Configure and assign permissions
Implement SQL Server 2008 R2 Audits
Manage SQL Server 2008 R2 Agent and Jobs
Configure database mails, alerts and notifications
Maintain databases
Configure SQL Profiler Traces and Use the Database Tuning Advisor
Monitor data by using Dynamic Management Views
Execute multi-server queries and configure a central management server
Deploy a data-tier-application
Troubleshoot common issues


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.
Completed Course 2778: Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to SQL Server 2008 R2 and its Toolset
This module introduces you to the entire SQL Server platform and its major tools. This module also covers editions, versions, basics of network listeners, and concepts of services and service accounts.
Introduction to SQL Server Platform
Working with SQL Server Tools
Configuring SQL Server Services
Lab : Introduction to SQL Server 2008 R2 and its Toolset
Verify SQL Server Component Installation
Alter Service Accounts for New Instance
Enable Named Pipes Protocol for Both Instances
Create Aliases for AdventureWorks and Proseware
Ensure SQL Browser is Disabled and Configure a Fixed TCP/IP Port
Describe the SQL Server Platform
Work with SQL Server Tools
Configure SQL Server Services

Module 2: Preparing Systems for SQL Server 2008 R2
This module covers planning for an installation related to SQL Server I/O requirements, 32 bit vs 64 bit, memory configuration options and I/O subsystem pre-installation checks using SQLIOSim and SQLIO.
Overview of SQL Server 2008 R2 Architecture
Planning Server Resource Requirements
Pre-installation Testing for SQL Server 2008 R2
Lab : Preparing Systems for SQL Server 2008 R2
Adjust memory configuration
Perform Pre-installation Stress Testing
Check Specific I/O Operations
Describe the SQL Server architecture
Plan for server resource requirements
Conduct pre-installation stress testing for SQL Server

Module 3: Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2008 R2
This module details installing and configuring SQL Server 2008 R2.
Preparing to Install SQL Server 2008 R2
Installing SQL Server 2008 R2
Upgrading and Automating Installation
Lab : Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2008 R2
Review installation requirements
Install the SQL Server instance
Perform Post-installation Setup and Checks
Configure Server Memory
Prepare to install SQL Server
Install SQL Server
Upgrade and automate the installation of SQL Server

Module 4: Working with Databases
This module describes the system databases, the physical structure of databases and the most common configuration options related to them.
Overview of SQL Server Databases
Working with Files and Filegroups
Moving Database Files
Lab : Working with Databases
Adjust tempdb configuration
Create the RateTracking database
Attach the OldProspects database
Add multiple files to tempdb
Describe the role and structure of SQL Server databases
Work with files and filegroups
Move database files within servers and between servers

Module 5: Understanding SQL Server 2008 R2 Recovery Models
This module describes the concept of the transaction log and SQL Server recovery models. It introduces the different backup strategies available with SQL Server 2008 R2.
Backup Strategies
Understanding SQL Server Transaction Logging
Planning a SQL Server Backup Strategy
Lab : Understanding SQL Server 2008 R2 Recovery Models
Plan a backup strategy
Configure recovery models
Review recovery models and strategy
Describe the critical concepts surrounding backup strategies
Explain the transaction logging capabilities within the SQL Server database engine
Plan a SQL Server backup strategy

Module 6: Backup of SQL Server 2008 R2 Databases
This module describes SQL Server 2008 R2 Backup and the backup types.
Backing up Databases and Transaction Logs
Managing Database Backups
Working with Backup Options
Lab : Backup of SQL Server 2008 R2 Databases
Investigate backup compression
Transaction log backup
Differential backup
Copy only backup
Partial backup
Back up databases and transaction logs
Manage database backups
Work with more advanced backup options

Module 7: Restoring SQL Server 2008 R2 Databases
This module describes the restoration of databases.
Understanding the Restore Process
Restoring Databases
Working with Point-in-time Recovery
Restoring System Databases and Individual Files
Lab : Restoring SQL Server 2008 R2 Databases
Determine a restore strategy
Restore the database
Using STANDBY mode
Understand the restore process
Restore databases
Work with Point-in-time Recovery
Restore system databases and individual files

Module 8: Importing and Exporting Data
This module covers the use of the import/export wizards and explains how they relate to SSIS. Also introduces BCP.
Transferring Data To/From SQL Server 2008 R2
Importing & Exporting Table Data
Inserting Data in Bulk
Lab : Importing and Exporting Data
Import the Excel spreadsheet
Import the CSV file
Create and test an extraction package
Compare loading performance
Transfer data to and from SQL Server
Import and export table data
Insert data in bulk and optimize the bulk insert process

Module 9: Authenticating and Authorizing Users
This module covers SQL Server 2008 R2 security models, logins and users.
Authenticating Connections to SQL Server
Authorizing Logins to Access Databases
Authorization Across Servers
Lab : Authenticating and Authorizing Users
Create Logins
Correct an Application Login Issue
Create Database Users
Correct Access to Restored Database
Describe how SQL Server authenticates connections
Describe how logins are authorized to access databases
Explain the requirements for authorization across servers

Module 10: Assigning Server and Database Roles
This module covers fixed server roles, fixed database roles and user-defined database roles.
Working with Server Roles
Working with Fixed Database Roles
Creating User-defined Database Roles
Lab : Assigning Server and Database Roles
Assign Server Roles
Assign Fixed Database Roles
Create and Assign User-defined Database Roles
Check Role Assignments
Work with server roles
Work with fixed database roles
Create user-defined database roles

Module 11: Authorizing Users to Access Resources
This module covers permissions and the assignment of permissions.
Authorizing User Access to Objects
Authorizing Users to Execute Code
Configuring Permissions at the Schema Level
Lab : Authorizing Users to Access Resources
Assign Schema-level Permissions
Assign Object-level Permissions
Test Permissions
Authorize user access to objects
Authorize users to execute code
Configure permissions at the schema level

Module 12: Auditing SQL Server Environments
This module covers SQL Server Audit.
Options for Auditing Data Access in SQL Server
Implementing SQL Server Audit
Managing SQL Server Audit
Lab : Auditing SQL Server Environments
Determine audit configuration and create auditCreate server audit specificationsCreate database audit specificationsTest audit functionality
Describe the options for auditing data access in SQL Server
Implement SQL Server Audit
Manage SQL Server Audit

Module 13: Automating SQL Server 2008 R2 Management
This module covers SQL Server Agent, jobs and job history.
Automating SQL Server Management
Working with SQL Server Agent
Managing SQL Server Agent Jobs
Lab : Automating SQL Server 2008 R2 Management
Create a Data Extraction Job
Schedule the Data Extraction Job
Troubleshoot a Failing Job
Automate SQL Server Management
Work with SQL Server Agent
Manage SQL Server Agent jobs

Module 14: Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent
This module covers SQL Server agent security, proxy accounts and credentials.
Understanding SQL Server Agent Security
Configuring Credentials
Configuring Proxy Accounts
Lab : Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent
Troubleshoot job execution failure
Resolve the security issue
Perform further troubleshooting
Explain SQL Server Agent security
Configure credentials
Configure Proxy accounts

Module 15: Monitoring SQL Server 2008 R2 with Alerts and Notifications
This module covers the configuration of database mail, alerts and notifications.
Configuration of Database Mail
Monitoring SQL Server Errors
Configuring Operators, Alerts and Notifications
Lab : Monitoring SQL Agent Jobs with Alerts and Notifications
Configure Database Mail
Implement Notifications
Implement Alerts
Configure database mail
Monitor SQL Server errors
Configure operators, alerts and notifications

Module 16: Performing Ongoing Database Maintenance
This module covers database maintenance plans.
Ensuring Database Integrity
Maintaining Indexes
Automating Routine Database Maintenance
Lab : Ongoing Database Maintenance
Check database integrity using DBCC CHECKDB
Correct index fragmentation
Create a database maintenance plan
Investigate table lock performance
Ensure database integrity
Maintain indexes
Automate routine database maintenance

Module 17: Tracing Access to SQL Server 2008 R2
This module covers SQL Profiler and SQL Trace stored procedures.
Capturing Activity using SQL Server Profiler
Improving Performance with the Database Engine Tuning Advisor
Working with Tracing Options
Lab : Tracing Access to SQL Server 2008 R2
Capture a trace using SQL Server Profiler
Analyze a trace using Database Engine Tuning Advisor
Configure SQL Trace
Capture activity using SQL Server Profiler
Improve performance with the Database Engine Tuning Advisor
Work with tracing options

Module 18: Monitoring SQL Server 2008 R2
This module introduces DMVs and the configuration of data collection.
Monitoring Activity
Capturing and Managing Performance Data
Analyzing Collected Performance Data
Lab : Monitoring SQL Server 2008 R2
Investigating DMVs
Configure Management Data Warehouse
Configure Instances for Data Collection
Work with Data Collector Reports
Monitor current activity
Capture and manage performance data
Analyze collected performance data

Module 19: Managing Multiple Servers
This module covers Central Management Servers and Multi-Server queries, Virtualization of SQL Server and Data-Tier Applications.
Working with Multiple Servers
Virtualizing SQL Server
Deploying and Upgrading Data-Tier Applications
Lab : Managing Multiple Servers
Configure CMS and execute multi-server queries
Deploy a data-tier application
Register and extract a data-tier application
Upgrade a data-tier application
Work with multiple servers
Describe options for virtualizing SQL Server
Deploy and upgrade Data-Tier Applications

Module 20: Troubleshooting Common SQL Server 2008 R2 Administrative Issues
This module covers common issues that require troubleshooting and gives guidance on where to start looking for solutions.
SQL Server Troubleshooting Methodology
Resolving Service-related Issues
Resolving Concurrency Issues
Resolving Login and Connectivity Issues
Lab : Troubleshooting Common Issues
Troubleshoot and resolve SQL Server administrative issues
Explain SQL Server troubleshooting methodology
Resolve service-related issues
Resolve concurrency issues
Resolve login and connectivity issues
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