Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

5 Day Course
Code M20465

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 This course focuses on creating plans and designs for database structure, storage, objects, and servers. Students will have the opportunity to practices hands-on skills and design tasks in a virtual lab environment and will learn about topics such as data compression, high availability, data migration, security, and scalability.
This course maps to skills and knowledge measured by Microsoft Exam 70-465, and in conjunction with on-the-job experience, can help prepare your for the exam.
Note: The Beta version of this course utilizes pre-release software in the virtual machines for the labs. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 SP1 CTP4, Microsoft Office 2013 Preview, and Microsoft Visio 2013 Preview are used in this course.

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Module 1: Designing a Database Server Infrastructure (14 topics)

  • This module explains how to design an appropriate database server infrastructure for a given business application scenario - including how to decide between on-premise, cloud-based, and hybrid database servers, hardware capacity planning, considerations for storage hardware, and strategies for consolidating database server hardware.
  • Lessons
  • Introduction to Database Server Infrastructure
  • Planning a Database Server Infrastructure
  • Analyzing Capacity Requirements
  • Considerations for Database Server Consolidation
  • Migrating Resources in a Database Infrastructure
  • Lab : Designing a Database Server Infrastructure
  • Exercise 1: Planning for Consolidation
  • Exercise 2: Managing Resources on a Single Instance
  • Exercise 3: Managing Resources for Multiple SQL Server Instances on a Single Windows Server
  • Exercise 4: Managing Resources on Virtual Servers

Module 2: Designing a Logical Database Schema (11 topics)

  • This module explains how to design a logical schema for a database based on application requirements. This includes planning the level of normalization, and schema and table design, and the use of views.
  • Lessons
  • Relational Database Design Techniques
  • Using Schemas
  • Designing Tables
  • Providing Users with a Denormalized View of a Database
  • Lab : Designing a Logical Database Schema
  • Exercise 1: Designing a Database Schema
  • Exercise 2: Providing Denormalized Views of Data

Module 3: Designing a Physical Database Implementation (11 topics)

  • This modules explains how to design the physical implementation of a database for a given set of requirements. The design will include data files, log files, filegroups, and data partitioning, as well as whether or not to use data compression.
  • Lessons
  • Files and Filegroups
  • Partitioning Data
  • Compressing Data
  • Lab : Designing a Physical Database Implementation
  • Exercise 1: Designing Files and Filegroups
  • Exercise 2: Partitioning Data
  • Exercise 3: Compressing Data

Module 4: Designing a Database Solution for BLOB Data (12 topics)

  • This modules discusses how to consider options for including binary large object (BLOB) data in a database design.
  • Lessons
  • Considerations for BLOB Data
  • Working with FileStream
  • Using Full-text Search
  • Lab : Creating a Database Solution for BLOB Data
  • Exercise 1: Planning for BLOB Data
  • Exercise 2: Creating a FileTable
  • Exercise 3: Using Full-text Search
  • Exercise 4: Using Statistical Semantic Search

Module 5: Tuning Database Performance (11 topics)

  • This module explains how to plan and manage indexes to optimize database performance.
  • Lessons
  • Optimizing Query Performance with Indexes
  • Managing Query Plans
  • Performance Monitoring and Tuning
  • Lab : Planning for Database Performance
  • Exercise 1: Planning a Strategy for Improving Query Performance
  • Exercise 2: Assessing an Execution Plan
  • Exercise 3: Working with an Execution Plan

Module 6: Designing Database Security (13 topics)

  • This module explains the key considerations for designing security for SQL Server instances and databases.
  • Lessons
  • Designing Server-Level Security
  • Designing Database-Level Security
  • Transparent Database Encryption
  • Auditing Database Activity
  • Lab : Planning Database Security
  • Exercise 1: Planning Security for MIA-SQL Instance and the Human Resources Database
  • Exercise 2: Implementing Security for Data Access
  • Exercise 3: Implementing Security for SQL Server Agent
  • Exercise 4: Implementing Transparent Data Encryption

Module 7: Using Policy-Based Management (11 topics)

  • This module explains how to plan policy-based management to manage server instances, databases, and other SQL Server 2012 objects more efficiently.
  • Lessons
  • Introduction to Policy-Based Management
  • Implementing Policy-Based Management
  • Planning For Policy-Based Management
  • Lab : Using Policy-Based Management
  • Exercise 1: Planning Policy-Based Management
  • Exercise 2: Implementing Policy-Based Management
  • Exercise 3: Applying a Policy

Module 8: Monitoring Server Health (11 topics)

  • This module explains how to plan SQL Server health monitoring and to implement health monitoring by using SQL Server Utility.
  • Lessons
  • Introduction to Health Monitoring
  • Options for Monitoring Health
  • Using the SQL Server Utility
  • Lab : Monitoring Server Health
  • Exercise 1: Creating a Utility Control Point
  • Exercise 2: Configuring Health Policies
  • Exercise 3: Analyzing Server Health Issues

Module 9: Designing a Database Backup Solution (9 topics)

  • This module explains how to identify and implement the appropriate backup strategy for a given scenario.
  • Lessons
  • SQL Server Backup and Restore
  • Planning a Recovery Strategy
  • Lab : Designing a Database Backup Solution
  • Exercise 1: Planning a Backup and Restore Strategy
  • Exercise 2: Testing a DR Strategy

Module 10: Automating Multi-Server Maintenance (9 topics)

  • This module explains how to better plan and manage multi-server maintenance and automation.
  • Lessons
  • Overview of Maintenance Automation
  • Managing Multiple Servers
  • Lab : Automating Multi-Server Maintenance
  • Exercise 1: Planning and Implementing a Multi-Server Environment
  • Exercise 2: Planning Multi-Server Jobs

Module 11: Managing SQL Server with PowerShell (11 topics)

  • This module provides an overview of PowerShell and describes the benefits of using PowerShell to manage SQL Server 2012.
  • Lessons
  • Introduction to PowerShell
  • Lab : Managing SQL Server with PowerShell
  • Exercise 1: Using PowerShell interactively
  • Exercise 2: Backing up a Database by Using PowerShell
  • Exercise 3: Creating a PowerShell Script to Standardize Database Creation

Module 12: Replicating Data (9 topics)

  • This module explains how to design an optimal replication strategy from a given set of business and technical requirements.
  • Lessons
  • SQL Server Replication
  • Planning Replication
  • Lab : Planning and Implementing SQL Server Replication
  • Exercise 1: Planning a Replication Strategy
  • Exercise 2: Implementing Replication

Module 13: Designing for High Availability (10 topics)

  • This module explains how to plan and implement a high availability solution.
  • Lessons
  • High Availability in SQL Server 2012
  • AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • Lab : Implementing High Availability
  • Exercise 1: Planning a High Availability Strategy
  • Exercise 2: Implementing an AlwaysOn Availability Group
  • Exercise 3: Testing an AlwaysOn Availability Group


In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge: Experience with Transact-SQL Familiarity with SQL Server 2012 components and tools Familiarity with objects in a SQL Server database Familiarity with enterprise Windows network and security architecture Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by attending the following courses, or obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills: MCSA: SQL Server 2012 Or attend Course M10774: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Course M10775: Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Database Course M10776: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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