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Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases


Duration: 5 days

Method: Instructor led with hands-on.

Price: $3200.00

Course Code: SS3010


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.


This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server database. The course focuses on teaching individuals how to use SQL Server product features and tools related to maintaining a database.


Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  • Describe core database administration tasks and tools
  • Install and configure SQL Server
  • Configure SQL Server databases and storage
  • Plan and implement a backup strategy
  • Restore databases from backups
  • Import and export data
  • Monitor SQL Server
  • Trace SQL Server activity
  • Manage SQL Server security
  • Audit data access and encrypt data
  • Perform ongoing database maintenance
  • Automate SQL Server maintenance with SQL Server Agent Jobs
  • Configure Database alerts and notifications


This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites: Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality. Working knowledge of SQL and Transact-SQL. Working knowledge of relational databases. Some experience with database design.


  • I. Introduction to SQL Server Database Administration
    • Database Administration Overview
    • Introduction to the SQL Server Platform
    • Database Management Tools and Techniques
    • Using Windows PowerShell with SQL Server
  • II. Installing and Configuring SQL Server
    • Planning SQL Server Installation
    • Installing SQL Server
    • Post-Installation Configuration
  • III. Working with Databases and Storage
    • Introduction to Data Storage with SQL Server
    • Managing Storage for System Databases
    • Managing Storage for User Databases
    • Moving Database Files
    • Configuring the Buffer Pool Extension
    • Managing Database Storage
    • Configuring tempdb Storage
    • Creating Databases
    • Attaching a Database
  • IV. Planning and Implementing a Backup Strategy
    • Understanding SQL Server Recovery Models
    • Planning a Backup Strategy
    • Backing up Databases and Transaction Logs
    • Using Backup Options
    • Ensuring Backup Reliability
    • Performing Database, Differential, and Transaction Log Backups
    • Performing a Partial Backup
  • V. Restoring SQL Server Databases
    • Understanding the Restore Process
    • Restoring Databases
    • Advanced Restore Scenarios
    • Working with Point-in-Time Recovery
    • Restoring Database, Differential, and Transaction Log Backups
    • Performing a Piecemeal Restore
  • VI. Importing and Exporting Data
    • Introduction to Transferring Data
    • Importing and Exporting Table Data
    • Copying or Moving a Database
    • Using the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard
    • Using the bcp Utility
    • Using the BULK INSERT Statement
    • Using the OPENROWSET Function
  • VII. Monitoring SQL Server
    • Introduction to Monitoring SQL Server
    • Dynamic Management Views and Functions
    • Performance Monitor
    • Collecting Baseline Metrics
    • Monitoring a Workload
  • VIII. Tracing SQL Server Activity
    • Tracing SQL Server Workload Activity
    • Using Traces
    • Capturing a Trace in SQL Server Profiler
    • Generating Database Tuning Recommendations
    • Using SQL Trace
  • IX. Managing SQL Server Security
    • Introduction to SQL Server Security
    • Managing Server-Level Security
    • Managing Database-Level Principals
    • Managing Database Permissions
    • Testing Database Access
  • X. Auditing Data Access and Encrypting Data
    • Implementing SQL Server Audit
    • Encrypting Databases
    • Implementing Transparent Database Encryption
  • XI. Performing Ongoing Database Maintenance
    • Ensuring Database Integrity
    • Maintaining Indexes
    • Automating Routine Database Maintenance
    • Performing Ongoing Database Maintenance
    • Managing Index Fragmentation
    • Implementing a Maintenance Plan
  • XII. Automating SQL Server Management
    • Implementing SQL Server Agent Jobs
    • Managing SQL Server Agent Jobs
    • Creating a Job
    • Scheduling a Job
    • Configuring Job Step Security Contexts
  • XIII. Monitoring SQL Server by Using Alerts and Notifications
    • Monitoring SQL Server Errors
    • Monitoring SQL Server by Using Alerts and Notifications
    • Implementing Alerts and Notifications