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  • SQL Server Level 1
  • SQL Server Level 2

SQL Server Level 1

Learn SQL Server - one step at a time. Get the practical guidance you need to build database solutions that solve real-world business problems. Learn to integrate SQL Server data in your applications.

SQL Server Level 1

Module 1: Designing an Administrative Solution for SQL Server 2008

This module provides an overview of an administrative solution and how it helps the administrator. It also describes the general process of designing and deploying an administrative solution in their environment.

  • Overview of SQL Server 2008
  • Designing an Administrative Solution
  • Developing and Deploying an Administrative Solution for SQL Server 2008
  • Implementing an Administrative Solution in SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS)


Module 2: Deploying SQL Server 2008

This module describes the considerations for implementing a new version of SQL Server 2008. This module also describes the steps for upgrading an existing installation to SQL Server 2008.

  • System Requirements for SQL Server 2008
  • Upgrading and Migrating to SQL Server 2008
  • Configuring Instances in SQL Server 2008


Module 3: Designing the Physical Structure of SQL Server 2008

This module describes file placement considerations for different functionalities in SQL Server 2008, which helps to improve performance and availability. This module covers the use of partitioning to improve database performance. This module also describes the importance of full-text indexing.

  • Introduction to the Physical Structure of a Database
  • Planning for Partitioning
  • Planning for Full-Text Indexing


Module 4: Designing a Strategy for Maintaining a Database in SQL Server 2008

This module describes the importance of keeping the database up-to-date and the database performing in optimal state. This includes keeping statistics updated and ensuring that a proper index is deployed and implemented. This module also covers the use of database compression to save the disk consumption and to improve the overall performance of a database.

  • Designing a Strategy for Maintaining Statistics for a Database
  • Designing a Strategy for Maintaining Indexes
  • Designing a Strategy for Database Compression


Module 5: Designing Solutions for Managing SQL Server 2008

This module describes the new approach of managing SQL Servers that has been introduced in SQL Server 2008. It also describes the importance of having a centralized administrative model in your organization by implementing policy-based management. This module also describes how to prevent accidental database changes by using DDL triggers and how to use Change Data Capture (CDC) to monitor data changes in the database for compliance reasons.

  • Designing a Policy-Based Management Strategy
  • Controlling Resource Usage by using Resource Governor
  • Auditing Database Changes


Module 6: Automating the Database Management Strategy for SQL Server 2008

This module describes the use of SQL Server Agent and scripts, such as VBScripts and SQL PowerShell, to automate some routine jobs which administrators perform often. This module also covers the use of event notification that helps you to monitor your database for specific events and notify the administrator when the event occurs.

  • Managing SQL Server Agent
  • Automating Administrative Tasks in SQL Server
  • Monitoring Events in SQL Server


Module 7: Designing a Strategy for Securing SQL Server 2008

This module presents information related to database access control and how SQL Server manages keys and certificates. This module also covers the use of database encryptions to prevent application data from being accessed by unauthorized users, including administrators.

  • Securing SQL Server 2008 Instances
  • Planning Database Security
  • Managing Certificate and Keys in SQL Server 2008
  • Implementing Database Encryption


Module 8: Designing a Strategy for Monitoring SQL Server 2008

This module describes the information on monitoring a SQL Server 2008 server to ensure that it is performing properly and is in a healthy state. This module also presents information on how to determine if there are any potential problems on the server.

  • Overview of Monitoring SQL Server 2008
  • Monitoring SQL Server Instances
  • Monitoring SQL Server Databases
  • Monitoring Multiple SQL Servers by Using Data Collection


Module 9: Designing a Strategy for Content Distribution in SQL Server 2008

This module describes the different methods of distributing data to multiple servers. This module describes how to use remote query with linked server and the considerations of using distributed transactions on query span across multiple servers. This module also discusses the use of SSIS to perform data transportation between servers and it covers the method for troubleshooting SSIS packages.

  • Distributing Data in SQL Server 2008
  • Working with Distributed Queries
  • Managing Distributed Content by Using Distributed Transactions
  • Managing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) Packages
  • Setting Up Scalable Shared Databases


Module 10: Designing a Strategy for Replication in SQL Server 2008

This module provides more in-depth discussions on using replication. This module also talks about using replication, specifically snapshot and transactional replication, which is one-way replication, to replicate data to other servers. Finally, this module describes the way to set up merge and peer-to-peer replication, which should be used for multi-update origin scenarios.

  • Designing a Database Replication Strategy
  • Implementing Content Distribution by using Replication
  • Configuring a High-Availability Solution by Using Replication


Module 11: Designing a High-Availability Solution for SQL Server 2008

This module describes the different high-availability features available in SQL Server 2008. The module then covers the scenarios of using them in an organization. This module also covers the considerations for choosing the right high-availability solution for an organization.

  • Introduction to High Availability
  • Implementing Log Shipping
  • Implementing Database Mirroring
  • Implementing Failover Clustering
  • Designing a High-Availability Strategy


Module 12: Designing a Backup and Recovery Strategy for SQL Server 2008

This module describes the importance of having a backup of your database. In case of a disaster, backing up the database helps to recover data that cannot be protected by using HA solutions mentioned in the previous module. This module also describes different online operations supported by SQL Server 2008, which helps to minimize the downtime when data restore is required. This module also describes the steps to repair system databases that are corrupted.

  • Planning a Backup Strategy
  • Planning a Recovery strategy
  • Designing a Backup and Recovery Strategy
  • Implementing a Repair Strategy

SQL Server Level 2

This comprehensive introduction to SQL Server begins with an overview of database design basics and the SQL query language along with an in-depth look at SQL Server itself. It progresses on to a clear explanation of how to implement fundamental concepts with the new 2008 version of SQL Server. It discusses creating and changing tables, managing keys, writing scripts, working with stored procedures, programming with XML, using SQL Server Reporting and Integration Services, and more. It also features updated and new material, including new examples using Microsoft's AdventureWorks sample database. Prerequisites Microsoft SQL Server Beginners course or equivalent knowledge

SQL Server Level 2


Chapter 1: RDBMS Basics: What Makes Up a SQL Server Database?

Chapter 2: Tools of the Trade.

Chapter 3: The Foundation Statements of T-.

Chapter 4: JOINs.

Chapter 5: Creating and Altering Tables.

Chapter 6: Constraints.

Chapter 7: Adding More to Our Queries.

Chapter 8: Being Normal: Normalization and Other Basic Design Issues.

Chapter 9: SQL Server Storage and Index Structures.

Chapter 10: Views.

Chapter 11: Writing Scripts and Batches.

Chapter 12: Stored Procedures.

Chapter 13: User-Defined Functions.

Chapter 14: Transactions and Locks.

Chapter 15: Triggers.

Chapter 16: A Brief XML Primer.

Chapter 17: Reporting for Duty, Sir! A Look At Reporting Services.

Chapter 18: Getting Integrated with Integration Services.

Chapter 19: Playing Administrator.

Appendix A: System Functions.

Appendix B: Very Simple Connectivity Examples