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Designing, Optimizing, and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution for Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (M50400)

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Who should attend

The primary audience of this course is IT professionals who design and maintain SQL Server databases. The audience can also comprise technical architects and consultants who design and implement SQL Server solutions. Students taking this course are expected to have three or more years of experience working on databases for two or more of the following phases in the product lifecycle - design, development, deployment, optimization, maintenance, or support.

Those intending to take the 70-452 PRO: Designing, optimising and maintaining a database administrative solution using Microsoft SQL Server 2008 exam will also benefit from attendance at this course.

The students should have experience in the following areas:

  • Administering databases
  • Designing logical database schema solutions
  • Defining high-availability solutions
  • Automating administrative tasks
  • Defining security solutions
  • Monitoring and troubleshooting the database server
  • Designing and executing deployments
  • Defining the infrastructure (storage, hardware, and number of servers or instances, etc.)


Before attending this course, students must have either attended the following courses or have gained the equivalent skills and knowledge contained within the courses:

  • Course M6232: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database (or course M2779)
  • Course M6231: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Database (or course M2780)
  • Understand the tradeoffs among the different redundant storage types. For example, what RAID levels mean, and how they differ from Storage Area Networks (SAN).
  • Understand how replication works and how replication is implemented.
  • Be familiar with reading user requirements and business-need documents. For example, development project vision/mission statements or business analysis reports.
  • Have some knowledge of how queries execute. Must be able to read a query execution plan and understand what is happening.
  • Have basic knowledge of the dependencies between system components.
  • Be able to design a database to third normal form (3NF) and know the tradeoffs 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 monitoring and troubleshooting skills.
  • Have 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 the interaction between the operating system and the database works. For example, how integrated authentication interacts with Active Directory directory service.
  • Have knowledge of application architecture. That is, how applications can be designed in three layers, what applications can do, interaction between applications and the database, interaction between the database and the platform or operating system.
  • Must already know how to use: A data modeling tool; Microsoft Office Visio (to create infrastructure diagrams)
  • Be familiar with SQL Server 2005 features, tools, and technologies.
  • Have a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 credential or equivalent experience.

Course Objectives

Delegates will learn how to

  • Implement an administrative solution for SQL Server 2008.
  • Deploy SQL Server 2008.
  • Design the physical structure for SQL Server 2008.
  • Design a strategy for maintaining SQL Server 2008.
  • Design a strategy for managing SQL Server 2008.
  • Automate the database managing strategy for SQL Server 2008.
  • Design a strategy for securing databases in SQL Server 2008.
  • Design a strategy for monitoring SQL Server 2008.
  • Design a strategy for content distribution in SQL Server 2008.
  • Design a strategy for replication in SQL Server 2008.
  • Design a high availability solution for SQL Server 2008.
  • Design a strategy for backup and recovery in SQL Server 2008.

Course Content

This five-day instructor-led course provides the knowledge and skills to design, optimize, and maintain a database administrative solution for Microsoft SQL Server 2008.

Classroom Training
Modality: G

Duration 5 days

Price (excl. VAT)
  • United Kingdom: £ 2,025.-
  • SA Voucher: 5
    hardcoded default SA
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