Administering a SQL database infrastructure

Live Classroom
Duration: 5 days
Live Virtual Classroom
Duration: 5 days
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This five day course equips participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to administer a SQL server database infrastructure. It also aims to help participants who develop applications to deliver the content from SQL server databases. Targeted towards participants who administer and maintain SQL server databases as their primary area of responsibility, this course will provide a thorough discussion of the best practices and processes involved.


What You'll Learn

  • 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


  • Authenticating Connections to SQL Server
  • Authorizing Logins to Connect to databases
  • Authorization Across Servers
  • Partially Contained Databases
  • Lab: Authenticating users
    • Create Logins
    • Create Database Users
    • Correct Application Login Issues
  • Configure Security for Restored Databases

  • Working with server roles
  • Working with fixed database roles
  • Assigning user-defined database roles
  • Lab: Assigning server and database roles
    • Assigning user roles
    • Assigning fixed database roles
    • Assigning user-defined database roles
    • Verifying security

  • Authorizing users access to objects
  • Authorizing users to execute code
  • Configuring permissions at the schema level
  • Lab: Authorizing users to access resources
    • Granting, denying and revoking permissions on objects
    • Granting EXECUTE permissions on code
    • Granting permissions at the schema level

  • 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
    • Working with SQL server audit
    • Encrypt a column as always encrypted
    • Encrypt a database using TDE

  • Understanding backup strategies
  • SQL server transaction logs
  • Planning backup strategies
  • Lab: Understanding SQL server recovery models
    • Plan a backup strategy
    • Configure databases recovery models

  • Backing up databases and transaction logs
  • Managing database backups
  • Advanced database options
  • Lab: Backing up databases
    • Backing up databases
    • Performing database, differential and transaction log back ups
    • Performing a partial backup

  • Understanding the restore process
  • Restoring databases
  • Advanced restore scenarios
  • Point-in time recovery
  • Lab: Restoring SQL server databases
    • Restoring a database backup
    • Restring database, differential and transaction log backups
    • Performing a piecemeal restore

  • Automating SQL server management
  • Working with SQL server agent
  • Managing SQL server agent jobs
  • Lab: Automating SQL server management
    • Create a SQL server agent job
    • Test a job
    • Schedule a job
    • Configure master and target servers

  • Understanding SQL server agent security
  • Configuring credentials
  • Configuring proxy accounts
  • Lab: Configuring security for SQL server agent
    • Analyzing problems in SQL server agent
    • Configuring a credential
    • Configuring a proxy account
    • Configuring and testing the security context of a job

  • Monitoring SQL server errors
  • Configuring database mail
  • Operators, alerts and notifications
  • Alerts in Azure SQL database
  • Lab: Monitoring SQL server with alerts and notifications
    • Configuring database mail
    • Configuring operators
    • Configuring alerts and notifications
    • Testing alerts and notifications

  • Getting started with Windows PowerShell
  • Configure SQL server using PowerShell
  • Administer and maintain SQL server with PowerShell
  • Managing Azure SQL databases using PowerShell
  • Lab: Using PowerShell to manage SQL server
    • Getting started with PowerShell
    • Using PowerShell to change SQL server settings

  • Extended events core concepts
  • Working with extended events
  • Lab: Extended events
    • Using the System_Health extended events session
    • Tracking page splits using extended events

  • Monitoring activity
  • Capturing and managing performance data
  • Analyzing collected performance data
  • SQL server utility
  • Lab: Monitoring SQL server

  • A trouble shooting methodology for SQL server
  • Resolving service related issues
  • Resolving connectivity and log-in issues
  • Lab: Troubleshooting common issues
    • Troubleshoot and resolve a SQL login issue
    • Troubleshoot and resolve a service issue
    • Troubleshoot and resolve a Windows login issue
    • Troubleshoot and resolve a job execution issue
    • Troubleshoot and resolve a performance issue

  • Transforming data to and from SQL server
  • Importing and exporting table data
  • Using bcp and BULK INSERT to import data
  • Deploying and upgrading data-tier application
  • Lab: Importing and exporting data
    • Import Excel data using the Import Wizard
    • Import a delimited text file using bcp
    • Import a delimited text file using BULK INSERT
    • Create and test an SSIS package to extract data
    • Deploy a data-tier application
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Who should attend

This course is designed for database professionals who perform installation, maintenance and configuration tasks. It is highly recommended for –
  • SQL developers
  • DBA professionals
  • Software engineers
  • DBA architects
  • SQB DBA administrator


In addition to requisite professional experience, participants need to have basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality, working knowledge of Transact-SQL, working knowledge of relational databases and some experience working with database designs.

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