Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database

Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database


This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the
knowledge and skills to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server 2008
database. The course focuses on teaching individuals how to use SQL
Server 2008 product features and tools related to maintaining a

This course is intended for IT Professionals who administer and
maintain SQL Server databases.


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and
    its core functionality. (Use windows explorer / internet explorer
    (i.e. things like find web page , create a folder); Login
    (CTRL+ALT+DELETE); Start a service using services add-in.
    (administration tools); Use a mouse, start menu etc.)
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Some experience with database design.

In addition, delegates should have attended or have knowledge to
the level of either of the following courses:

  • Querying and Processing SQL Server 2005 Data with SQL
  • Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008


  • Exam 70-432


  • MCTS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and

 Delegates will learn how to

  • Install and configure SQL Server 2008.
  • Manage database files.
  • Backup and restore databases.
  • Manage security.
  • Transfer data into and out of SQL Server.
  • Automate administrative tasks.
  • Replicate data between SQL Server instances.
  • Maintain high availability.
  • Monitor SQL Server.

Course outline

Module 1: Installing and Configuring SQL Server
The students will be introduced to planning for a SQL
Server installation. The students will then be introduced to
installing, configuring, and managing SQL Server.


  • Preparing to Install SQL Server
  • Installing SQL Server
  • Configuring a SQL Server Installation

Lab : Installing and Configuring SQL Server

  • Installing SQL Server
  • Configuring SQL Server

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Explain how to prepare the hardware and other resources
    necessary to install SQL Server.
  • Install SQL Server.
  • Manage and configure SQL Server.

Module 2: Managing Databases and Files
The students will be introduced to database planning and
creation, and using database options to control database


  • Planning Databases
  • Creating Databases
  • Using Policy-Based Management

Lab : Managing Databases and Files

  • Creating a Database
  • Monitoring and Managing Filegroup Usage
  • Creating a Policy

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan a database implementation that meets an organization’s
  • Create a SQL Server database.
  • Manage a SQL Server database.

Module 3: Disaster Recovery
The students will be introduced to disaster recovery techniques for
SQL Server. They will learn how to perform different types of
backup and restore operations, including online restores and backup
and restores of system databases.


  • Planning a Backup Strategy
  • Backing Up User Databases
  • Restoring User Databases
  • Performing Online Restore Operations
  • Recovering Data from Database Snapshots
  • System Databases and Disaster Recovery

Lab : Disaster Recovery

  • Designing a Backup Strategy
  • Implementing a Backup Strategy
  • Restoring and Recovering a Database
  • Performing Piecemeal Backup and Restore Operations
  • Restoring the master Database

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Plan a backup strategy for a database.
  • Back up user databases.
  • Restore user databases from backups.
  • Restore data in a user database while it is online.
  • Recover data for a user database from a database snapshot.
  • Restore and recover system databases.

Module 4: Managing Security
The students will be introduced to protecting SQL Server.
Students will learn about the SQL Server security model and how to
use SQL Server security features to control access to databases and
their contents.


  • Overview of SQL Server Security
  • Protecting the Server Scope
  • Protecting the Database Scope
  • Protecting the Server Scope
  • Auditing Security

Lab : Managing Security

  • Creating Logins and Assigning Server-Scope Permissions
  • Creating and Managing Users
  • Using a Certificate to Protect Data
  • Implementing SQL Server Audit

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe how SQL Server manages security.
  • Protect SQL Server at the server level.
  • Protect SQL Server databases.
  • Use keys and certificates to protect SQL Server objects.
  • Audit SQL Server security.

Module 5: Transferring Data
The students will be introduced to transfer data to and
from SQL Server using UI and command-line tools, and learn about
transferring and transforming data with SQL Server Integration


  • Overview of Data Transfer
  • Introduction to SQL Server Integration Services

Lab : Transferring Data

  • Using the Import/Export Wizard
  • Performing a Bulk Load
  • Creating an SSIS Solution

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Use UI and command-line tools to import and export data.
  • Describe the features of SQL Server Integration Services.

Module 6: Automating Administrative Tasks
The students will learn how to automate routine administrative
tasks using jobs, operators, and alerts.


  • Automating Administrative Tasks in SQL Server
  • Using SQL Server Agent
  • Creating Maintenance Plans
  • Implementing Alerts
  • Managing Multiple Servers
  • Managing SQL Server Agent security

Lab : Automating Administrative Tasks

  • Configuring SQL Server Agent
  • Creating Operators and Jobs
  • Creating Alerts

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Define SQL Server administrative tasks and schedule those tasks
    to run automatically.
  • Configure SQL Server Agent to support automatic task
  • Script tasks by using SQL Server jobs, and define operators for
    managing those jobs.
  • Define alerts to warn operators about events raised by SQL
  • Define and manage administrative tasks that span multiple
  • Configure SQL Server Agent security.

Module 7: Implementing Replication
The students will be introduced to techniques for configuring SQL
Server replication.


  • Overview of Replication
  • Managing Publications and Subscriptions
  • Configuring Replication in Some Common Scenarios

Lab : Implementing Replication

  • Implementing Snapshot Replication
  • Implementing Peer-to-Peer Transactional Replication
  • Implementing HTTP Merge Replication

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe replication and its components.
  • Configure and implement replication.
  • Use replication to meet the requirements of some common

Module 8: Maintaining High Availability
The students will be introduced to concepts and methods
for maintaining high availability with SQL Server.


  • Introduction to High Availability
  • Implementing Log Shipping
  • Implementing Database Mirroring
  • Implementing Server Clustering
  • Using Distributed High Availability Solutions

Lab : Maintaining High Availability

  • Configuring Log Shipping
  • Configuring Database Mirroring
  • Implementing SQL Server Clustering

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe the factors affecting database availability.
  • Describe how to implement log shipping to support fast recovery
    of a standby SQL Server database
  • Describe how to use SQL Server mirroring to implement a
    software solution for fast failover
  • Explain how to implement clustering to support fast failover of
    computers running SQL Server instances.
  • Describe how to implement distributed high availability

Module 9: Monitoring SQL Server
The students will be introduced to monitoring SQL Server
performance and activity.


  • Viewing Current Activity
  • Using SQL Server Profiler
  • Monitoring with DDL Triggers
  • Using Event Notifications

Lab : Monitoring SQL Server

  • Monitoring SQL Server Activity
  • Tracing SQL Server Activity
  • Using DDL Triggers
  • Using Event Notifications

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Examine the current activity in a SQL Server instance.
  • Use SQL Server Profiler to trace server and database
  • Use DDL triggers to monitor changes to the structure of
    database objects.
  • Use event notifications to capture and monitor significant
    events for a SQL Server instance.

Module 10: Troubleshooting and Performance

The students will learn how to troubleshoot a variety of common SQL
Server problems. Students will also learn how to tune SQL Server
for improved performance using a variety of tools.


  • Troubleshooting SQL Server
  • Performance Tuning in SQL Server
  • Using Resource Governor
  • Using Data Collector

Lab : Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning

  • Troubleshooting Connectivity Problems
  • Troubleshooting Concurrency Problems
  • Using the Database Engine Tuning Advisor
  • Implementing Resource Governor
  • Implementing Data Collector

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Troubleshoot common SQL Server problems, such as connectivity,
    concurrency, and job and disk space problems.
  • Perform basic performance tuning tasks in SQL Server using the
    Database Engine Tuning Advisor, index tuning, and query
  • Use Resource Governor to manage SQL Server workloads and
  • Use Data Collector to obtain performance data about your
    computer and the instances of SQL Server running on your

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