M50400: Designing, Optimizing, and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution for Microsoft SQL Server 2008

5 Day Course
Hands On
Official Microsoft Curriculum
Code M50400

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Designing an Administrative Solution for SQL Server 2008 (4 topics)

  • Overview of SQL Server 2008
  • Designing an Administrative Solution
  • Developing and Deploying an Administrative Solution for SQL Server 2008
  • Implementing an Administrative Solution in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)

Deploying SQL Server 2008 (3 topics)

  • System Requirements for SQL Server 2008
  • Upgrading and Migrating to SQL Server 2008
  • Configuring Instances in SQL Server 2008

Designing the Physical Structure of SQL Server 2008 (3 topics)

  • Introduction to the Physical Structure of a Database
  • Planning for Partitioning
  • Planning for Full-Text Indexing

Designing a Strategy for Maintaining a Database in SQL Server 2008 (3 topics)

  • Designing a Strategy for Maintaining Statistics for a Database
  • Designing a Strategy for Maintaining Indexes
  • Designing a Strategy for Database Compression

Designing Solutions for Managing SQL Server 2008 (3 topics)

  • Designing a Policy-Based Management Strategy
  • Controlling Resource Usage by using Resource Governor
  • Auditing Database Changes

Automating the Database Management Strategy for SQL Server 2008 (3 topics)

  • Managing SQL Server Agent
  • Automating Administrative Tasks in SQL Server
  • Monitoring Events in SQL Server

Designing a Strategy for Securing SQL Server 2008 (4 topics)

  • Securing SQL Server 2008 Instances
  • Planning Database Security
  • Managing Certificate and Keys in SQL Server 2008
  • Implementing Database Encryption

Designing a Strategy for Monitoring SQL Server 2008 (4 topics)

  • Overview of Monitoring SQL Server 2008
  • Monitoring SQL Server Instances
  • Monitoring SQL Server Databases
  • Monitoring Multiple SQL Servers by Using Data Collection

Designing a Strategy for Content Distribution in SQL Server 2008 (5 topics)

  • Distributing Data in SQL Server 2008
  • Working with Distributed Queries
  • Managing Distributed Content by Using Distributed Transactions
  • Managing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) Packages
  • Setting Up Scalable Shared Databases

Designing a Strategy for Replication in SQL Server 2008 (3 topics)

  • Designing a Database Replication Strategy
  • Implementing Content Distribution by using Replication
  • Configuring a High-Availability Solution by Using Replication

Designing a High-Availability Solution for SQL Server 2008 (5 topics)

  • Introduction to High Availability
  • Implementing Log Shipping
  • Implementing Database Mirroring
  • Implementing Failover Clustering
  • Designing a High-Availability Strategy

Designing a Backup and Recovery Strategy for SQL Server 2008 (4 topics)

  • Planning a Backup Strategy
  • Planning a Recovery strategy
  • Designing a Backup and Recovery Strategy
  • Implementing a Repair Strategy


Before attending this course, students must: * Understand the tradeoffs among the different redundant storage types. For example, what RAID levels mean, and how they differ from Storage Area Networks (SAN). * Understand how replication works and how replication is implemented. * Be familiar with reading user requirements and business-need documents. For example, development project vision/mission statements or business analysis reports. * Have some knowledge of how queries execute. Must be able to read a query execution plan and understand what is happening. * Have basic knowledge of the dependencies between system components. * Be able to design a database to third normal form (3NF) and know the tradeoffs when backing out of the fully normalized design (denormalization) and designing for performance and business requirements in addition to being familiar with design models, such as Star and Snowflake schemas. * Have monitoring and troubleshooting skills. * Have knowledge of the operating system and platform. That is, how the operating system integrates with the database, what the platform or operating system can do, and how the interaction between the operating system and the database works. For example, how integrated authentication interacts with Active Directory directory service. * Have knowledge of application architecture. That is, how applications can be designed in three layers, what applications can do, interaction between applications and the database, interaction between the database and the platform or operating system. * Must already know how to use: A data modeling tool; Microsoft Office Visio (to create infrastructure diagrams) * Be familiar with SQL Server 2005 features, tools, and technologies. * Have a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 credential or equivalent experience.

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