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Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases - 10775 Course Outline

 (5 days)
Version 2012

Important Update

Please note that course 10775 has been retired and has been replaced by course 20462.

20462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases - is a new, upgraded course that parallels the 10775, but now includes SQL 2014.

This new course has been designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

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Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases


Overview
This five-day 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. Also this course helps you prepare for the Exam 70-462

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.

Below are the some of the new features of SQL Server that has been discussed in this course
Discussion around servicing SQL Server (Service Packs, Cumulative Updates, Hotfixes)
Understanding the relationship between the different levels of updates to the SQL Server product is very important for those working with it. The course now covers details on how hotfixes, cumulative updates and service packs are related and when to apply each type of update.
SQL Server use of automated update
SQL Server can now utilize Windows Update for servicing. The course shows how to enable automated updates and when the use of these updates should and should not be used.
Partial database containment
A significant challenge when migrating databases between servers is the management of objects such as logins that are not contained within the database. The course now discusses the partial containment options that are provided by SQL Server 2012. In particular, authentication-related changes are discussed.
Users with passwords (contained users)
The course shows how SQL Server 2012 allows users to be authenticated at the database level, rather than at the server level. This is an important first step in for database containment.
User-defined server roles
In earlier versions of SQL Server, user-defined roles could be created at the database level but not at the server level. In SQL Server 2012, user-defined roles can also be defined at the server level. This can help to increase the security of systems. Having the ability to configure more fine-grained permissions lets logins be assigned only the permissions that they need to do their work.
In-place upgrades of data-tier applications
In earlier versions of SQL Server, an upgrade of a data-tier application involved migrating all the data within a database to a new database. In SQL Server 2012 this is no longer needed and the course shows how data-tier applications can be upgraded much more quickly, and using less system resources.
Appendix with intro to AlwaysOn, High Availability and Replication concepts
Students who will be attempting the certification exam that is relevant to this course require knowledge of high availability and replication. In earlier versions of this course, none of these details were covered. In this version of the course, an appendix that covers the core concepts for high availability (including SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn technologies) and replication is provided.

Audience Profile
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.

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:
10774A: Writing T-SQL Queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

At Course Completion
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.

Course Outline

Module 1: Introduction to SQL Server 2012 and its Toolset
This module introduces the entire SQL Server platform and its major tools. It covers editions, versions, basics of network listeners, and concepts of services and service accounts.
Lessons
Introduction to the SQL Server Platform
Working with SQL Server Tools
Configuring SQL Server Services
Lab : Introduction to SQL Server and its Toolset
Verifying SQL Server Component Installation
Altering Service Accounts for New Instance
Enabling Named Pipes Protocol for Both Instances
Creating an Alias for AdvDev
Ensuring SQL Browser is Disabled and Configure a Fixed TCP/IP Port (Only if time permits

Module 2: Preparing Systems for SQL Server 2012
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.
Lessons
Overview of SQL Server Architecture
Planning Server Resource Requirements
Pre-installation Testing for SQL Server
Lab : Preparing Systems for SQL Server
Adjust memory configuration
Pre-installation Stress Testing
Check Specific I/O Operations

Module 3: Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2012
This module details installing and configuring SQL Server.
Lessons
Preparing to Install SQL Server
Installing SQL Server
Upgrading and Automating Installation
Lab : Installing and Configuring SQL Server
Review installation requirements
Install the SQL Server instance
Perform Post-installation Setup and Checks
Configure Server Memory

Module 4: Working with Databases
This module describes how data is stored in databases, how to create databases, and how to move databases either within a server or between servers.
Lessons
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

Module 5: Understanding SQL Server 2012 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.
Lessons
Backup Strategies
Understanding SQL Server Transaction Logging
Planning a SQL Server Backup Strategy
Lab : Understanding SQL Server Recovery Models
Plan a backup strategy
Configure Recovery Models
Review recovery models and strategy

Module 6: Backup of SQL Server 2012 Databases
This module describes SQL Server Backup and the backup types.
Lessons
Backing up Databases and Transaction Logs
Managing Database Backups
Working with Backup Options
Lab : Backup of SQL Server Databases
Investigate backup compression
Transaction log backup
Differential backup
Copy-only backup
Partial backup

Module 7: Restoring SQL Server 2012 Databases
This module describes the restoration of databases.
Lessons
Understanding the Restore Process
Restoring Databases
Working with Point-in-time recovery
Restoring System Databases and Individual Files
Lab : Restoring SQL Server 2012 Databases
Determine a restore strategy
Restore the database
Using STANDBY mode

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.
Lessons
Transferring Data To/From SQL Server
Importing and 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

Module 9: Authenticating and Authorizing Users
This module covers SQL Server security models, logins and users.
Lessons
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

Module 10: Assigning Server and Database Roles
This module covers fixed server roles, user-defined server roles, fixed database roles and user-defined database roles.
Lessons
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

Module 11: Authorizing Users to Access Resources
This module covers permissions and the assignment of permissions.
Lessons
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

Module 12: Auditing SQL Server Environments
This module covers SQL Server Audit.
Lessons
Options for Auditing Data Access in SQL
Implementing SQL Server Audit
Managing SQL Server Audit
Lab : Auditing SQL Server Environments
Determine audit configuration and create audit
Create server audit specifications
Create database audit specifications
Test audit functionality

Module 13: Automating SQL Server 2012 Management
This module covers SQL Server Agent, jobs and job history.
Lessons
Automating SQL Server Management
Working with SQL Server Agent
Managing SQL Server Agent Jobs
Lab : Automating SQL Server Management
Create a Data Extraction Job
Schedule the Data Extraction Job
Troubleshoot a Failing Job

Module 14: Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent
This module covers SQL Server agent security, proxy accounts and credentials.
Lessons
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

Module 15: Monitoring SQL Server 2012 with Alerts and Notifications
This module covers the configuration of database mail, alerts and notifications.
Lessons
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

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

Module 17: Tracing Access to SQL Server 2012
This module covers SQL Profiler and SQL Trace stored procedures.
Lessons
Capturing Activity using SQL Server Profiler
Improving Performance with the Database Engine Tuning Advisor
Working with Tracing Options
Lab : Tracing Access to SQL Server 2012
Capture a trace using SQL Server Profiler
Analyze a trace using Database Engine Tuning Advisor
Configure SQL Trace

Module 18: Monitoring SQL Server 2012
This module introduces DMVs and the configuration of data collection.
Lessons
Monitoring Activity
Capturing and Managing Performance Data
Analyzing Collected Performance Data
Lab : Monitoring SQL Server 2012
Investigating DMVs
Configure Management Data Warehouse
Configure Instances for Data Collection
Work with Data Collector Reports

Module 19: Managing Multiple Servers
This module covers Central Management Servers and Multi-Server queries, Virtualization of SQL Server and Data-Tier Applications.
Lessons
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

Module 20: Troubleshooting Common SQL Server 2012 Administrative Issues
This module covers common issues that require troubleshooting and gives guidance on where to start looking for solutions.
Lessons
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

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