Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database

Vendor: Microsoft Certified Partners for Learning Solutions (CPLS) - SQL Server 2008
Course # 6231
Course Starts On: January 27, 2014 - February 24, 2014 - April 7, 2014 - June 16, 2014 -
Length of the Course: 5 Days
Price: $2,625 – Click Here to Pre Register

Course Description

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

Course Objectives:

After completing this course, students will be able to:


Install and configure SQL Server 2008.
Manage database files.
Backup and restore databases.
Manage security.
Transfer data into and out of SQL Server.
Automate administrative tasks.
Replicate data between SQL Server instances.
Maintain high availability.
Monitor SQL Server.

Course Audience:

This course is intended for IT Professionals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases.

Course PreRequisites:

Before attending this course, students must have:

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.

Course Outline:

Module 1: Installing and Configuring SQL Server

The students will be introduced to planning for a SQL Server installation. The students will then be introduced to installing, configuring, and managing SQL Server.


Lesson 1: Preparing to Install SQL Server
Lesson 2: Installing SQL Server
Lesson 3: Configuring a SQL Server Installation

Lab: Installing and Configuring SQL Server

Exercise 1: (Level 200) Installing SQL Server
Exercise 2: (Level 200) Configuring SQL Server

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Explain how to prepare the hardware and other resources necessary to install SQL Server.
Install SQL Server.
Manage and configure SQL Server.

Module 2: Managing Databases and Files

The students will be introduced to database planning and creation, and using database options to control database behavior.


Lesson 1: Planning Databases
Lesson 2: Creating Databases
Lesson 3: Using Policy-Based Management

Lab: Managing Databases and Files

Exercise 1: (Level 200): Creating a Database
Exercise 2: (Level 200): Monitoring and Managing Filegroup Usage
Exercise 3: (Level 200) Creating a Policy

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Plan a database implementation that meets an organization’s requirements.
Create a SQL Server database.
Manage a SQL Server database.

Module 3: Disaster Recovery

The students will be introduced to disaster recovery techniques for SQL Server. They will learn how to perform different types of backup and restore operations, including online restores and backup and restores of system databases.


Lesson 1: Planning a Backup Strategy
Lesson 2: Backing Up User Databases
Lesson 3: Restoring User Databases
Lesson 4: Performing Online Restore Operations
Lesson 5: Recovering Data from Database Snapshots
Lesson 6: System Databases and Disaster Recovery

Lab: Disaster Recovery

Exercise 1: (Level 200) Designing a Backup Strategy
Exercise 2: (Level 200) Implementing a Backup Strategy
Exercise 3: (Level 200) Restoring and Recovering a Database
Exercise 4: (Level 300) Performing Piecemeal Backup and Restore Operations
Exercise 5: (Level 200) Restoring the master Database

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Plan a backup strategy for a database.
Back up user databases.
Restore user databases from backups.
Restore data in a user database while it is online.
Recover data for a user database from a database snapshot.
Restore and recover system databases.

Module 4: Managing Security

The students will be introduced to protecting SQL Server. Students will learn about the SQL Server security model and how to use SQL Server security features to control access to databases and their contents.


Lesson 1: Overview of SQL Server Security
Lesson 2: Protecting the Server Scope
Lesson 3: Protecting the Database Scope
Lesson 4: Protecting the Server Scope
Lesson 5: Auditing Security

Lab: Managing Security

Exercise 1: (Level 200) Creating Logins and Assigning Server-Scope Permissions
Exercise 2: (Level 200) Creating and Managing Users
Exercise 3: (Level 300) Using a Certificate to Protect Data
Exercise 4: (Level 200) Implementing SQL Server Audit

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Describe how SQL Server manages security.
Protect SQL Server at the server level.
Protect SQL Server databases.
Use keys and certificates to protect SQL Server objects.
Audit SQL Server security.

Module 5: Transferring Data

The students will be introduced to transfer data to and from SQL Server using UI and command-line tools, and learn about transferring and transforming data with SQL Server Integration Services.


Lesson 1: Overview of Data Transfer
Lesson 2: Introduction to SQL Server Integration Services

Lab: Transferring Data

Exercise 1: (Level 200) Using the Import/Export Wizard
Exercise 2: (Level 200) Performing a Bulk Load
Exercise 3: (Level 200) Creating an SSIS Solution

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Use UI and command-line tools to import and export data.
Describe the features of SQL Server Integration Services.

Module 6: Automating Administrative Tasks

The students will learn how to automate routine administrative tasks using jobs, operators, and alerts.


Lesson 1: Automating Administrative Tasks in SQL Server
Lesson 2: Using SQL Server Agent
Lesson 3: Creating Maintenance Plans
Lesson 4: Implementing Alerts
Lesson 5: Managing Multiple Servers
Lesson 6: Managing SQL Server Agent security

Lab: Automating Administrative Tasks

Exercise 1: (Level 200) Configuring SQL Server Agent
Exercise 2: (Level 200) Creating Operators and Jobs
Exercise 3: (Level 200) Creating Alerts

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Define SQL Server administrative tasks and schedule those tasks to run automatically.
Configure SQL Server Agent to support automatic task scheduling.
Script tasks by using SQL Server jobs, and define operators for managing those jobs.
Define alerts to warn operators about events raised by SQL Server.
Define and manage administrative tasks that span multiple servers.
Configure SQL Server Agent security.

Module 7: Implementing Replication

The students will be introduced to techniques for configuring SQL Server replication.


Lesson 1: Overview of Replication
Lesson 2: Managing Publications and Subscriptions
Lesson 3: Configuring Replication in Some Common Scenarios

Lab: Implementing Replication

Exercise 1: (Level 300) Implementing Snapshot Replication
Exercise 2: (Level 300) Implementing Peer-to-Peer Transactional Replication
Exercise 3: (Level 300) Implementing HTTP Merge Replication

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Describe replication and its components.
Configure and implement replication.
Use replication to meet the requirements of some common scenarios.

Module 8: Maintaining High Availability

The students will be introduced to concepts and methods for maintaining high availability with SQL Server.


Lesson 1: Introduction to High Availability
Lesson 2: Implementing Log Shipping
Lesson 3: Implementing Database Mirroring
Lesson 4: Implementing Server Clustering
Lesson 5: Using Distributed High Availability Solutions

Lab: Maintaining High Availability

Exercise 1: (Level 300) Configuring Log Shipping
Exercise 2: (Level 300) Configuring Database Mirroring
Exercise 3: (Level 300) Implementing SQL Server Clustering

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Describe the factors affecting database availability.
Describe how to implement log shipping to support fast recovery of a standby SQL Server database
Describe how to use SQL Server mirroring to implement a software solution for fast failover
Explain how to implement clustering to support fast failover of computers running SQL Server instances.
Describe how to implement distributed high availability solutions.

Module 9: Monitoring SQL Server

The students will be introduced to monitoring SQL Server performance and activity.


Lesson 1: Viewing Current Activity
Lesson 2: Using SQL Server Profiler
Lesson 3: Monitoring with DDL Triggers
Lesson 4: Using Event Notifications

Lab: Monitoring SQL Server

Exercise 1: (Level 200) Monitoring SQL Server Activity
Exercise 2: (Level 300) Tracing SQL Server Activity
Exercise 3: (Level 200) Using DDL Triggers
Exercise 4: (Level 200) Using Event Notifications

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Examine the current activity in a SQL Server instance.
Use SQL Server Profiler to trace server and database activity.
Use DDL triggers to monitor changes to the structure of database objects.
Use event notifications to capture and monitor significant events for a SQL Server instance.

Module 10: Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning

The students will learn how to troubleshoot a variety of common SQL Server problems. Students will also learn how to tune SQL Server for improved performance using a variety of tools.


Lesson 1: Troubleshooting SQL Server
Lesson 2: Performance Tuning in SQL Server
Lesson 3: Using Resource Governor
Lesson 4: Using Data Collector

Lab: Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning

Exercise 1: (Level 300) Troubleshooting Connectivity Problems
Exercise 2: (Level 300) Troubleshooting Concurrency Problems
Exercise 3: (Level 300) Using the Database Engine Tuning Advisor
Exercise 4: (Level 300) Implementing Resource Governor
Exercise 5: (Level 300) Implementing Data Collector

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Troubleshoot common SQL Server problems, such as connectivity, concurrency, and job and disk space problems.
Perform basic performance tuning tasks in SQL Server using the Database Engine Tuning Advisor, index tuning, and query tuning.
Use Resource Governor to manage SQL Server workloads and resources.
Use Data Collector to obtain performance data about your computer and the instances of SQL Server running on your computer.