Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases

Once a SQL Server Database is developed on an SQL Server service, we then have to manage and control the environment that the business data will be manipulated in, both at a data and a meta data level. This course takes the databases that we have created and creates a safe environment for operating system users to log in and use the database within the server service.

To facilitate ‘Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases’, we will start by installing a SQL Server service instance and consider the different shapes the SQL Server service can take. This now includes SQL Server Azure, a means of having access to an offsite Server Service maintained by others, but administered from your own site. We will look at configuring the server, maintaining instances of databases within the instances of servers, optimising and troubleshooting the server environment, managing the data both during usage and during backup and restore, implementing security at various levels, and implementing high availability solutions to allow protection of the data and increase availability.

We recommend completing ‘Developing SQL Server Databases‘ to advance onto this course. Alternatively, if you have relevant experience, a member of our team will be happy to discuss this with you and determine which course would be most appropriate. Contact us today!

Duration: 5 days

Spaces: 5

Location: Newcastle-upon-Tyne

Next Date Available: August 21st – 25th 

Price: Speak to a member of our team for course details

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See detailed course content below

MODULES:

Introduction to SQL Server 2014 Database Administration

This module introduces the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 platform. It describes the components, editions, and versions of SQL Server 2014, and the tasks that a database administrator commonly performs for a SQL Server instance.

Lessons:

  • Database Administration Overview
  • Introduction to the SQL Server Platform
  • Database Management Tools and Techniques

Lab : Using SQL Server Administrative Tools

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe the SQL Server platform.
  • Describe common database administration tasks.
  • Use SQL Server administration tools.

Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2014

This module explains how to assess resource requirements for SQL Server 2014 and how to install it.

Lessons:

  • Planning SQL Server Installation
  • Installing SQL Server 2014
  • Post-Installation Configuration

Lab : Installing SQL Server 2014

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Plan a SQL Server 2014 installation.
  • Install SQL Server 2014.
  • Perform post-installation configuration tasks.

Working with Databases and Storage

This module describes how data is stored in databases, how to create databases, how to manage database files, and how to move them. Other tasks related to storage, include managing the tempdb database and using fast storage devices to extend the SQL Server buffer pool cache, are also discussed.

Lessons:

  • Introduction to Data Storage with SQL Server
  • Managing Storage for System Databases
  • Managing Storage for User Databases
  • Moving Database Files
  • Configuring the Buffer Pool Extension

Lab : Managing Database Storage

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe how SQL Server stores data.
  • Manage storage for system databases.
  • Manage storage for user databases.
  • Move database files.
  • Configure the buffer pool extension.

Planning and Implementing a Backup Strategy

In this module, you will consider how to create a backup strategy that is aligned with organizational needs, and learn how to perform the backup operations required by that strategy.

Lessons

  • Understanding SQL Server Recovery Models
  • Planning a Backup Strategy
  • Backing up Databases and Transaction Logs
  • Using Backup Options
  • Ensuring Backup Reliability

Lab : Backing Up SQL Server Databases

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe how database transaction logs function, and how they affect database recovery.
  • Plan a backup strategy for a SQL Server database.
  • Back up databases and transactions logs.
  • Perform copy-only, compressed, and encrypted backups.
  • Maximize backup reliability.

Restoring SQL Server 2014 Databases

In this module, you will see how to restore user and system databases and how to implement point-in-time recovery.

Lessons:

  • Understanding the Restore Process
  • Restoring Databases
  • Advanced Restore Scenarios
  • Working with Point-in-Time Recovery

Lab : Restoring SQL Server Databases

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Explain the restore process.
  • Restore databases.
  • Perform advanced restore operations.
  • Perform a point-in-time recovery.

Importing and Exporting Data

In this module, you will briefly explore tools and techniques so that you can import and export data to and from SQL Server.

Lessons

  • Introduction to Transferring Data
  • Importing and Exporting Table Data
  • Copying or Moving a Database

Lab : Importing and Exporting Data

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe tools and techniques for transferring data.
  • Import and export data.
  • Copy or move a database.

Monitoring SQL Server 2014

This module explains how to use three of the most commonly used tools: Activity Monitor, dynamic management views and functions (DMVs and DMFs), and Performance Monitor.

Lessons:

  • Introduction to Monitoring SQL Server
  • Dynamic Management Views and Functions
  • Performance Monitor

Lab : Monitoring SQL Server 2014

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe considerations for monitoring SQL Server and use Activity Monitor.
  • Use dynamic management views and functions to monitor SQL Server.
  • Use Performance Monitor to monitor SQL Server.

Tracing SQL Server Activity

This module describes how to use SQL Server Profiler and SQL Trace stored procedures to capture information about SQL Server, and how to use that information to troubleshoot and optimize SQL Server workloads.

Lessons:

  • Tracing SQL Server Workload Activity
  • Using Traces

Lab : Tracing SQL Server Workload Activity

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Trace activity in SQL Server
  • Use captured traces to test, troubleshoot, and optimize database performance.

Managing SQL Server Security

In this module, you will be learn about the core concepts on which the SQL Server security architecture is based, and how to manage security at the server and database levels.

Lessons:

  • Introduction to SQL Server Security
  • Managing Server-Level Security
  • Managing Database-Level Principals
  • Managing Database Permissions

Lab : Managing SQL Server Security

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe core security concepts in the SQL Server security architecture.
  • Manage server-level security.
  • Manage database-level security principals.
  • Manage database permissions.

Auditing Data Access and Encrypting Data

This module describes the available options for auditing in SQL Server, how to use and manage the SQL Server audit feature, and how to implement encryption.

Lessons:

  • Auditing Data Access in SQL Server
  • Implementing SQL Server Audit
  • Implementing SQL Server Audit

Lab : Auditing Data Access and Encrypting Data

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe options for auditing data access.
  • Implement SQL Server audit.
  • Manage SQL Server audit.
  • Implement Transparent Data Encryption.

Performing Ongoing Database Maintenance

This module describes common database maintenance tasks that a DBA must perform, and demonstrates how to automate these tasks using maintenance plans.

Lessons:

  • Ensuring Database Integrity
  • Maintaining Indexes
  • Automating Routine Database Maintenance

Lab : Performing Ongoing Database Maintenance

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Ensure database integrity by using DBCC CHECKDB.
  • Maintain indexes.
  • Configure Database Maintenance Plans.

Automating SQL Server 2014 Management

This module describes how to use SQL Server Agent to automate jobs, how to configure security contexts for jobs, and how to implement multi-server jobs.

Lessons:

  • Automating SQL Server Management
  • Implementing SQL Server Agent Jobs
  • Managing SQL Server Agent Jobs
  • Managing Job Step Security Contexts
  • Managing Jobs on Multiple Servers

Lab : Automating SQL Server Management

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Describe methods for automating SQL Server management.
  • Create jobs, job step types, and schedules.
  • Manage SQL Server Agent jobs.
  • Configure job security contexts.
  • Configure master and target servers.

Monitoring SQL Server 2014 by Using Alerts and Notifications

This module covers the configuration of database mail, alerts, and notifications.

Lessons:

  • Monitoring SQL Server Errors
  • Configuring Database Mail
  • Configuring Operators, Alerts, and Notifications

Lab : Monitoring SQL Server by Using Alerts and Notifications

After completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Configure Database Mail.
  • Monitor SQL Server errors.
  • Configure operators, alerts, and notifications

Course Objectives:

  • Plan and install SQL Server.
  • Describe system databases, the physical structure of databases, and the most common configuration options related to them.
  • Explain the concept of the transaction log and the SQL Server recovery models and implement different backup strategies that are available with SQL Server.
  • Back up SQL Server databases.
  • Restore SQL Server databases.
  • Import and export data by using wizards, the bulk copy utility, and data-tier applications.
  • Work with SQL Server security models, logins, users, and contained databases.
  • Work with server roles and database roles.
  • Use permissions to secure resources.
  • Use SQL Server audit and Transparent Data Encryption.
  • Work with SQL Server Agent to configure and execute jobs.
  • Implement SQL Server Agent security, proxy accounts, and credentials.
  • Configure database mail, alerts, and notifications.
  • Create database maintenance plans.
  • Use SQL Server Profiler, SQL Trace, and Distributed Relay.
  • Use Distributed Management Views and configure data collection.

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.

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