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SQL Server 2008

Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 Database
(Microsoft Training Course: 6231) - 5 days - £1850 exc VAT

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> Target Audience
This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 database and focuses on teaching individuals how to use SQL Server 2008 R2 product features and tools related to maintaining a database. It is intended for IT Professionals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases.
> Course outline
  1. Introduction to SQL Server 2008 R2 and its Toolset
  2. Preparing Systems for SQL Server 2008 R2
  3. Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2008 R2
  4. Working with Databases
  5. Understanding SQL Server 2008 R2 Recovery Models
  6. Backup of SQL Server 2008 R2 Databases
  7. Restoring SQL Server 2008 R2 Databases
  8. Importing and Exporting Data
  9. Authenticating and Authorizing Users
  10. Assigning Server and Database Roles
  11. Authorizing Users to Access Resources
  12. Auditing SQL Server Environments
  13. Automating SQL Server 2008 R2 Management
  14. Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent
  15. Monitoring SQL Server 2008 R2 with Alerts and Notifications
  16. Performing Ongoing Database Maintenance
  17. Tracing Access to SQL Server 2008 R2
  18. Monitoring SQL Server 2008 R2
  19. Managing Multiple Servers
  20. Troubleshooting Common SQL Server 2008 R2 Administrative Issues

Supplementary InformationThis course is now running as a B version, which means that some of the content may have changed from the previous release. Please check the content for details.
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.
  • Introduction to SQL Server Platform
  • Working with SQL Server Tools
  • Configuring SQL Server Services
  • Lab: Introduction to SQL Server 2008 R2 and its Toolset
Skills
  • Describe the SQL Server Platform.
  • Work with SQL Server Tools.
  • Configure SQL Server Services.
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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
Skills
  • Describe the SQL Server architecture.
  • Plan for server resource requirements.
  • Conduct pre-installation stress testing for SQL Server.
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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
Skills
  • Prepare to install SQL Server.
  • Install SQL Server.
  • Upgrade and automate the installation of SQL Server.
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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
Skills
  • Describe the role and structure of SQL Server databases.
  • Work with files and filegroups.
  • Move database files within servers and between servers.
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Module 5: Understanding SQL Server 2008 R2 Recovery Models
  • This module describes the concept of the transaction log and SQL Server recovery models.
  • Backup Strategies
  • Understanding SQL Server Transaction Logging
  • Planning a SQL Server Backup Strategy
  • Lab: Understanding SQL Server 2008 R2 Recovery Models
Skills
  • Describe the critical concepts surrounding backup strategies.
  • Explain the transaction logging capabilities within the SQL Server database engine.
  • Plan a SQL Server backup strategy.
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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
Skills
  • Back up databases and transaction logs.
  • Manage database backups.
  • Work with more advanced backup options.
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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
Skills
  • Understand the restore process.
  • Restore databases.
  • Work with Point-in-time Recovery.
  • Restore system databases and individual files.
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Module 8: Importing and Exporting Data
  • This module covers the use of the import/export wizards and explains how they relate to SSIS.
  • Transferring Data To/From SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Importing & Exporting Table Data
  • Inserting Data in Bulk
  • Lab: Importing and Exporting Data
Skills
  • Transfer data to and from SQL Server.
  • Import and export table data.
  • Insert data in bulk and optimize the bulk insert process.
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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
Skills
  • Describe how SQL Server authenticates connections.
  • Describe how logins are authorized to access databases.
  • Explain the requirements for authorization across servers.
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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
Skills
  • Work with server roles.
  • Work with fixed database roles.
  • Create user-defined database roles.
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Module 11: Authorizing Users to Access Resources
  • This module covers permissions.
  • Authorizing User Access to Objects
  • Authorizing Users to Execute Code
  • Configuring Permissions at the Schema Level
  • Lab: Authorizing Users to Access Resources
Skills
  • Authorize user access to objects.
  • Authorize users to execute code.
  • Configure permissions at the schema level.
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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
Skills
  • Describe the options for auditing data access in SQL Server.
  • Implement SQL Server Audit.
  • Manage SQL Server Audit.
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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
Skills
  • Automate SQL Server Management.
  • Work with SQL Server Agent.
  • Manage SQL Server Agent jobs.
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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
Skills
  • Explain SQL Server Agent security.
  • Configure credentials.
  • Configure Proxy accounts.
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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
Skills
  • Configure database mail.
  • Monitor SQL Server errors.
  • Configure operators, alerts and notifications.
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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
Skills
  • Ensure database integrity.
  • Maintain indexes.
  • Automate routine database maintenance.
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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
Skills
  • Capture activity using SQL Server Profiler.
  • Improve performance with the Database Engine Tuning Advisor.
  • Work with tracing options.
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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
Skills
  • Monitor current activity.
  • Capture and manage performance data.
  • Analyze collected performance data.
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Module 19: Managing Multiple Servers
  • This module covers working with multiple servers and the virtualization of SQL Server.
  • Working with Multiple Servers
  • Virtualizing SQL Server
  • Deploying and Upgrading Data-Tier Applications
  • Lab: Managing Multiple Servers
Skills
  • Work with multiple servers.
  • Describe options for virtualizing SQL Server.
  • Deploy and upgrade Data-Tier Applications.
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Module 20: Troubleshooting Common SQL Server 2008 R2 Administrative Issues
  • This module covers common issues that require troubleshooting.
  • SQL Server Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Resolving Service-related Issues
  • Resolving Concurrency Issues
  • Resolving Login and Connectivity Issues
  • Lab: Troubleshooting Common Issues
Skills
  • Explain SQL Server troubleshooting methodology.
  • Resolve service-related issues.
  • Resolve concurrency issues.
  • Resolve login and connectivity issues.
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> Pre-Requisites
Before attending this course, students must have the following pre-requisites:
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL.
  • Working knowledge of Relational databases.
  • Database design skills.
  • Completed Course 2778: Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Transact-SQL.
> Purpose
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.
> Supplementary Information
This course is now running as a B version, which means that some of the content may have changed from the previous release. Please check the content for details.