M2781: Designing Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Server-side Solutions

3 Day Course
Official Microsoft Curriculum
Code M2781

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This three-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to design server-side solutions for Microsoft® SQL Server 2005T. The course focuses on teaching database developers who work in enterprise environments to identify and place database technologies during design to achieve a suitable solution that meets the needs of an organization. Students will also learn to consider the solution from a system-wide view instead of from a single database or server perspective.

Target Audience

This course is intended for current professional database developers who have three or more years of on-the-job experience developing SQL Server database solutions in an enterprise environment.

Elements of this syllabus are subject to change.

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Selecting SQL Server Services to Support Business Needs (2 topics)

  • Evaluating When to Use the New SQL Server Services
  • Evaluating the Use of Database Engine Enhancements

Designing a Security Strategy for Components of a SQL Server 2005 Solution (4 topics)

  • Designing a Security Strategy for Components of a SQL Server 2005 Solution
  • Designing Objects to Manage Application Access
  • Creating an Auditing Strategy
  • Managing Multiple Development Teams Using the SQL Server 2005 Security Features

Designing a Data Modeling Strategy (3 topics)

  • Defining Standards for Storing XML Data in a Solution
  • Designing a Database Solution Schema
  • Designing a Scale-Out Strategy

Designing a Transaction Strategy for a SQL Server 2005 Solution (3 topics)

  • Defining Data Behavior Requirement
  • Defining Isolation Levels
  • Designing a Resilient Transaction Strategy

Designing a Notification Services Solution (4 topics)

  • Defining Event Data
  • Designing a Subscription Strategy
  • Designing a Notification Strategy
  • Designing a Notification Delivery Strategy

Designing a Service Broker Solution (3 topics)

  • Designing a Service Broker Solution Architecture
  • Designing Service Broker Data Flow
  • Designing Service Broker Solution Availability

Planning for Source Control, Unit Testing, and Deployment (4 topics)

  • Designing a Source Control Strategy
  • Designing a Unit Test Plan
  • Creating a Performance Baseline and Benchmarking Strategy
  • Designing a Deployment Strategy

Evaluating Advanced Query Techniques (3 topics)

  • Evaluating Common Table Expressions
  • Evaluating Pivot Queries
  • Evaluating Ranking Queries

Evaluating Advanced XML Techniques (2 topics)

  • Evaluating the Use of XQuery
  • Creating a Strategy for Converting Data between XML and Relational Formats


Before attending this course, students must:

  • Have experience reading user requirements and business-need documents. For example, development project vision/mission statements or business analysis reports.
  • Understand Transact-SQL syntax and programming logic.
  • Understand XML. Specifically, they must be familiar with the syntax of XML, what elements and attributes are, and how to distinguish them.
  • Understand security requirements. Specifically, must understand how unauthorized users can gain access to sensitive information and be able to plan strategies to prevent access.
  • Be able to design a database to 3NF and know the trade offs 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 basic monitoring and troubleshooting skills.
  • Have basic 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 interaction between the operating system and the database works.
  • Have basic knowledge of application architecture. That is, how applications can be designed in three layers, what applications can do, how interaction between the application and the database works, and how the interaction between the database and the platform or operating system works.
  • Have some experience with a reporting tool.
  • Be familiar with SQL Server 2005 features, tools, and technologies.
  • Have a Microsoft® Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 credential - or equivalent experience.
  • In addition, it is recommended, but not required, that students have completed:
  • Course 2779, Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database.
  • Course 2780, Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database.

Prerequisite Certifications

  • Microsoft Certified Technology Specialists in Microsoft SQL Server 2005 (MCTS: SQL Server 2005)

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