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M20764 Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure

This five-day instructor-led course provides students who administer and maintain SQL Server databases with the knowledge and skills to administer a SQL server database infrastructure. Additionally, it will be of use to individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.

Target Audience

The primary audience for this course is individuals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases. These individuals perform database administration and maintenance as their primary area of responsibility, or work in environments where databases play a key role in their primary job.

The secondary audiences for this course are individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.

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Learning Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  •   Authenticate and authorize users
  •   Assign server and database roles
  •   Authorize users to access resources
  •   Protect data with encryption and auditing
  •   Describe recovery models and backup strategies
  •   Backup SQL Server databases
  •   Restore SQL Server databases
  •   Automate database management
  •   Configure security for the SQL Server agent
  •   Manage alerts and notifications
  •   Managing SQL Server using PowerShell
  •   Trace access to SQL Server
  •   Monitor a SQL Server infrastructure
  •   Troubleshoot a SQL Server infrastructure
  •   Import and export data


In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:

  •   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

Special Notices

Please note: for Attend from Anywhere customers an additional screen is required. The additional screen must have a minimum screen size of 19 inch and minimum resolution of 1280x1024, with the vertical resolution (1024) being the most critical.

Course Content

Module 1: Authenticating and Authorizing Users

This module covers SQL Server security models, logins, and users.


  •   Authenticating connections to SQL Server
  •   Authorizing logins to access databases
  •   Authorization across servers
  •   Partially contained databases

Lab : Authenticating Users

Module 2: Assigning Server and Database Roles

This module covers fixed server roles, user-defined 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

Module 3: 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

Module 4: Protecting Data with Encryption and Auditing

This module covers SQL Server Audit.


  •   Options for auditing data access in SQL Server
  •   Implementing SQL Server audit
  •   Managing SQL Server audit
  •   Protecting data with encryption

Lab : Using Auditing and Encryption

Module 5: SQL Server Recovery Models

This module describes the concept of the transaction log and SQL Server recovery models. It also introduces the different backup strategies available with SQL Server.


  •   Backup strategies
  •   Understanding SQL Server transaction login
  •   Planning a SQL Server backup strategy

Lab : Understanding SQL Server recovery models

Module 6: Backup of SQL Server Databases

This module describes SQL Server Backup and the backup types


  •   Backing up databases and transaction logs
  •   Managing database backups
  •   Working with backup options

Lab : Backing up SQL Server databases

Module 7: Restoring SQL Server 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 User Databases

Module 8: Automating SQL Server Management

This module describes how to use SQL Server Agent for automation. It also explains the benefits of using master and target servers to centralize the administration of automation.


  •   Automating SQL Server management
  •   Working with SQL Server agent
  •   Managing SQL Server agent jobs
  •   Multi-server management

Lab : Automating SQL Server Management

Module 9: Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent

This module describes the considerations for SQL Server Agent security, including proxy accounts and credentials.


  •   Understanding SQL Server Agent Security
  •   Configuring credentials
  •   Configuring proxy accounts

Lab : Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent

Module 10: Monitoring SQL Server 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
  •   Alerts in Azure SQL database

Lab : Monitoring SQL Server with Alerts and Notifications

Module 11: Introduction to Managing SQL Server by using PowerShell

This module introduces PowerShell for SQL Server.


  •   Configure SQL Server using PowerShell
  •   Administer SQL Server using PowerShell
  •   Maintain the SQL Server environment using PowerShell
  •   Managing Azure SQL Server databases using PowerShell

Lab : Administering SQL Server using PowerShell

Module 12: Tracing Access to SQL Server

This module describes how to use SQL Profiler and SQL Trace stored procedures to capture information about SQL Server. The module also describes how to use Distributed Replay to capture trace information from multiple servers, and how to monitor locking.


  •   Capturing activity using SQL Server profiler
  •   Improving performance with the database engine tuning advisor
  •   Working with tracing options
  •   Distributed replay
  •   Monitoring locks

Lab : Tracing Access to SQL Server

Module 13: Monitoring SQL Server

This module explains how to use Distributed Management Views to monitor SQL Server. It also describes configuration of data collection and the SQL Server Utility.


  •   Monitoring activity
  •   Capturing and managing performance data
  •   Analyzing collected performance data
  •   SQL Server utility

Lab : Monitoring SQL Server

Module 14: Troubleshooting SQL Server

This module explains the SQL Server troubleshooting methodology and discusses the most common issues that can arise when working with SQL Server systems.


  •   SQL Server troubleshooting methodology
  •   Resolving service related issues
  •   Resolving login and connectivity issues
  •   Troubleshooting common issues

Lab : Troubleshooting Common Issues

Module 15: Importing and Exporting Data

This module covers the use of the import/export wizards and explains how they relate to SSIS. The module also introduces BCP and BULK INSERT.


  •   Transferring data to/from SQL Server
  •   Importing and exporting table data
  •   Using BCP and BULK INSERT to import data
  •   Deploying and upgrading data-tier applications

Lab : Importing and Exporting Data

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