Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database

  • Overview
  • Prequisites
  • Course Details
  • 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.

    Audience Profile

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

    MS 6231

    5 Days

    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 DatabasesThis 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 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 DataThis 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 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 NotificationsThis 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
    • 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 R2This 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 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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