This five-day course provides a comprehensive understanding of SQL Server and its various components. Students will learn about the SQL Server platform, its architecture, and how to configure services, accounts, and networking. The course covers topics such as installation, upgrade strategies, and configuring databases and data files.
Students will gain knowledge about maintaining databases for long-term performance, using techniques like CHECKDB and index rebuilding. The course also delves into optimizing SQL Server performance through storage configuration, including options like fileshares, local storage, and cloud storage, along with the use of SQL Server Stretch Databases.
Additionally, the course explores cloud-based installations of SQL Server using Microsoft Azure, discussing database hosting options and migration. Students will learn how to move databases to Azure SQL Database and utilize Azure Virtual Machines for hosting SQL Server instances.
Furthermore, students will gain skills in administering databases hosted in Microsoft Azure, including security, Azure Storage setup, and automating administration tasks.
- Describe the components of SQL Server
- Provision a database server that runs SQL Server
- Upgrade a database server
- Configure a new database on SQL Server
- Maintain a database hosted on SQL Server
- Configure storage for a database
- Plan to deploy SQL Server on Microsoft Azure
- Move a database from SQL Server on premises to Microsoft Azure
- Provision SQL Server on an Azure virtual machine
- Manage databases and data files for SQL Server in the cloud
Module 1: Understand the components of SQL Server
This module explains how SQL Server products and editions are designed to address business data storage needs. It also gives the students an understanding of the SQL Server architecture and explains how to configure the Windows services that host SQL Server processes. Students also learn how to configure SQL Server accounts and networking.
- Overview of the SQL Server platform
- Understand the architecture of SQL Server
- Configure services, accounts, and networking
Lab 1: No Lab
- Choose the right SQL Server components, editions, and versions for a business requirement.
- Understand the architecture of SQL Server
- Set up SQL Server services and networking
Module 2: Install a SQL Server system
This module explains how to plan and install SQL Server on one or more on-premises servers in your organization. Students also learn how to set up the tempdb database and it files to perform well and how to automate an installation.
- Plan your SQL Server installation
- Plan the temporary database
- Install SQL Server manually
- Install SQL Server automatically
Lab 1: Install SQL Server
- Prepare for the installation
- Install the database server
- Check your installation
- Perform an unattended installation
- Design your installation of SQL Server.
- Set up the tempdb database to perform optimally.
- Perform an installation of SQL Server.
- Automate an installation of SQL Server.
Module 3: Upgrade your SQL Server
This module explains how to plan and execute an upgrade from an earlier version of SQL Server. Students learn about the various upgrade strategies so they can choose the best method to upgrade their SQL Server instances smoothly and with the least impact on user productivity.
- Satisfy the requirements for a SQL Server upgrade
- Plan to upgrade the SQL Server services you have installed
- Perform a side-by-side upgrade
Lab 1: Perform a SQL Server upgrade
- Set up database users
- Restore the database and transaction logs
- Complete post-upgrade tasks
- Choose the best way to upgrade a SQL Server installation.
- List the advantages and disadvantages of each SQL Server migration strategy.
- Upgrade a SQL Server instance.
Module 4: Configure your databases and data files
This module explains how SQL server uses hard disks to store database files, transaction logs, and other important files. Students will learn how to design disk storage to support a high-performance database and how to move databases from one storage location to another.
- Overview of SQL Server data storage
- Configure system database storage
- Configure user database storage
- Move databases
- Set up the buffer pool extension
Lab 1: Configure database storage
- Configure the temporary database
- Configure new databases
- Attach a database
- Design storage files for a database.
- Create databases.
- Set up database storage files and filegroups.
- Move a database from one storage location to another.
- Use the buffer pool extension.
Module 5: Maintain your databases
This module explains how to ensure that your databases continue to perform well in the long term by using CHECKDB and rebuilding indexes. The students also learn how to automate database maintenance tasks by using Database Maintenance Plans.
- Maintain the integrity of your databases
- Optimize performance by using indexes
- Use Database Maintenance Plans
Lab 1: Maintain your databases
- Check your data integrity
- Defragment databases by rebuilding indexes
- Manage database using Database Maintenance Plans
- Use CHECKDB to ensure the integrity of your database.
- Use indexes to optimize database performance.
- Automate database maintenance by using Database Maintenance Plans.
Module 6: Configure storage to support SQL Server databases
This module explains how to configure file storage for SQL Server to ensure high performance. Students learn how to choose from local storage, fileshares, and cloud storage locations. They also learn about SQL Server Stretch Databases and how to implement them.
- Optimize the performance of SQL Server by configuring storage
- Use a network fileshare to store files for SQL Server
- Store SQL Server files in the Cloud
- Use SQL Server Stretch Database
Lab 1: Set up Stretch Database
- Execute the Stretch Database Advisor
- Set up Stretch Database for a database table
- Describe how SQL Server performance depends on I/O performance.
- Use an SMB fileshare to store files for SQL Server.
- Use Microsoft Azure to store files for SQL Server.
- Use a Stretch Database.
Module 7: Design a cloud-based installation of SQL Server
This module explains how to decide whether you should migrate a database from an on-premises SQL Server to Microsoft Azure. Students learn about services in Azure that can host a database and how to choose the best one for their business needs. They also learn how to execute a migration.
- IaaS and PaaS database options in Microsoft Azure
- Use Azure Virtual Machines to host databases
- Azure SQL Database security
- Set up database in Azure SQL Database
Lab 1: Set up a database in Azure SQL Database
- Design a cloud database deployment
- Set up Azure SQL Database
- Configure firewall rules for a cloud database
- Describe the ways you can run SQL Server in Microsoft Azure.
- Decide whether an on-premises database is suitable for migration to Azure.
- Move a database to Azure SQL Database.
Module 8: Move databases into the cloud
This module explains how to move databases from on-premises SQL Server intances into Azure SQL Database. Students learn how to test their database and choose those that are suitable for a cloud migration. They also learn about, and use, the migration tools.
- Test your databases before a migration
- Database compatibility with Azure SQL Database
- Migrate a database into the cloud
Lab 1: Move a database to Azure SQL Database
- Ensure that the database is compatible with Azure SQL Database
- Move the database into the cloud
- Choose the best database migration test tool.
- Understand factors that prevent a database from migrating to Azure SQL Database.
- Move a database from on-premises SQL Server to Azure SQL Database.
Module 9: Use an Azure Virtual Machine to host SQL Server
This module explains how to migrate a database to a Virtual Machine hosted in Azure. Students also learn how to update, license, and administer databases that run as SQL Server instances on Azure Virtual Machines.
- Set up an instance of SQL Server on an Azure Virtual Machine
- Move a database to an Azure Virtual Machine
Lab 1: Set up a SQL Server instance in the cloud
- Create a Virtual Machine in Azure
- Move a database to the Virtual Machine
- Connect clients to the Virtual Machine
- Administer an instance of SQL Server that runs on an Azure Virtual Machine.
- Move an on-premises database to an instance of SQL Server on an Azure Virtual Machine
Module 10: Administer databases hosted in Microsoft Azure
This module explains how to run databases from day-to-day after you have completed a migration to the cloud. Students learn how to ensure good security, use Azure Storage accounts, and automate database administration tasks.
- Secure your deployment of Azure SQL Database
- Set up Azure Storage to support databases
- Automate administration tasks
Lab 1: Administer cloud databases in Azure
- Use data masks to protect personal data
- Automate an administration task
- Manage encryption, firewall rules, and data masking for databases in Azure.
- Use Azure Storage to support databases.
- Automate database tasks by using scripts and Azure Automation
- Basic understanding of relational databases
- Basic Windows knowledge