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Microsoft 55316 - Administering a SQL Database

  • Length 5 days
  • Price  $4345 inc GST
  • Version A
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Why study this course

This course provides students who manage SQL Server and Azure SQL databases with the knowledge and skills needed to administer a SQL server database infrastructure. The material will also be useful to individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases. This material updates and replaces course 20764C.

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What you’ll learn

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Authenticate and authorise users

  • Assign server and database roles

  • Authorise users to access resources

  • Use encryption and auditing features to protect data

  • Describe recovery models and backup strategies

  • Backup and 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

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Who is the course for?

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.

Course subjects

Module 1: SQL Server Security
This module describes SQL Server security models, logins, users, partially contained databases, and cross-server authorisation.


  • Authenticating Connections to SQL Server

  • Authorising Logins to Connect to databases

  • Authorisation Across Servers

  • Partially Contained Databases

Lab 1: SQL Server Security

  • Authenticating Connections to SQL Server

  • Authorising Connections to databases

  • Authorisation across server instances

  • Authorising Connections to databases

Module 2: Assigning Server and Database Roles
This module explains how to use roles at the server and database level to manage user permissions.


  • Lesson 1: Working with Server Roles

  • Lesson 2: Working with Fixed Database Roles

  • Lesson 3: User-Defined Database Roles

Lab 1: Assigning Server and Database Roles

  • Using Server Roles

  • Using Database Roles

  • Using User-defined Database Roles & Application Roles

Module 3: Authorising Users to Access Resources
This module explains how to authorise users to access server and database roles. It also describes how to manage permissions at different levels in a SQL Server instance.


  • Authorising User Access to Objects

  • Authorising Users to Execute Code

  • Configuring Permissions at the Schema Level

Lab 1: Authorising Users to Access Resources

  • Assigning Fixed and User-Defined Server Roles

  • Managing Database Roles and Users

  • Configure Permissions at the Schema Level

Module 4: Protecting Data with Encryption and Auditing
This module describes the available options for auditing and how to manage audit features. It also describes how to configure and implement data encryption.


  • Options for auditing data access in SQL Server

  • Implementing SQL Server Audit

  • Managing SQL Server Audit

  • Protecting Data with Encryption

Lab 1: Using Auditing and Encryption

  • Auditing with Temporal Tables

  • Using SQL Server Audit

  • View Audit Output

  • Using Dynamic Data Masking

Module 5: Recovery Models and Backup Strategies
In this module, you will learn how to use the available backup features for databases and transaction logs to create backup strategies.


  • Understanding Backup Strategies

  • SQL Server Transaction Logs

  • Planning Backup Strategies

Lab 1: Understanding SQL Server Recovery Models

  • Backup Databases

  • Transaction Log Backups

  • Shrinking a database

Module 6: Backing Up SQL Server Databases
In this module, you will learn how to apply various backup strategies.


  • Backing Up Databases and Transaction Logs

  • Managing Database Backups

  • Advanced Database Options

Lab 1: Backing Up Databases

  • Backing Up Databases

  • Verifying Backups

  • Using Advanced Backup Features

Module 7: Restoring SQL Server Databases
In this module, you will see how to restore user and system databases and how to implement point-in-time recovery.


  • Understanding the Restore Process

  • Restoring Databases

  • Advanced Restore Scenarios

  • Point-in-Time Recovery

Lab 1: Restoring SQL Server Databases

  • Determining the order of restores

  • Restoring databases

  • Restore encrypted backup

  • Point-in-Time restore

Module 8: Automating SQL Server Management
This module describes how to use SQL Server Agent to automate jobs, how to configure security contexts for jobs, and how to implement multi-server jobs.


  • Automating SQL Server management

  • Working with SQL Server Agent

  • Managing SQL Server Agent Jobs

  • Multi-server Management

Lab 1: Automating SQL Server Management

  • Using SQL Server Agent

  • Scripting SQL Server Agent jobs

  • Viewing job history

  • Multimaster management

Module 9: Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent
This module explains how to configure SQL Server Agent to use a minimal privilege security environment and how to use credentials and proxy accounts to run jobs securely.


  • Understanding SQL Server Agent Security

  • Configuring Credentials

  • Configuring Proxy Accounts

Lab 1: Configuring SQL Server Agent

  • Assigning a security context to job steps

  • Create credentials

  • Create a proxy account

Module 10: Monitoring SQL Server with Alerts and Notifications
This module covers the configuration of Database Mail, alerts, and notifications for a SQL Server instance, and the configuration of alerts for Microsoft Azure SQL Database.


  • Monitoring SQL Server Errors

  • Configuring Database Mail

  • Operators, Alerts, and Notifications

  • Alerts in Azure SQL Database

Lab 1: Monitoring SQL Server with Alerts and Notifications

  • Working with Database Engine Error Logs

  • Configuring Database Mail

  • Configure Operators and Alerts

  • Configuring Alerts in Azure SQL Database (Optional)

Module 11: Introduction to Managing SQL Server by using PowerShell
This module explains how to use Windows PowerShell with Microsoft SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. It also describes how to improve efficiency and reliability by scripting tasks and jobs.


  • Getting Started with Windows PowerShell

  • Configure SQL Server using PowerShell

  • Administer and Maintain SQL Server with PowerShell

  • Managing Azure SQL Databases using PowerShell

Lab 1: Using PowerShell to Manage SQL Server

  • Exploring SQL Server Management Objects (SMOs)

  • Configure database and Instance features with PowerShell

  • Manage logins and backups with PowerShell

  • Create an Azure SQL Database with PowerShell

Module 12: Tracing Access to SQL Server with Extended Events
This module explains how to monitor performance metrics for SQL Server and Azure SQL Database. It also describes troubleshooting strategies and usage scenarios for working with Extended Events.


  • Extended Events Core Concepts

  • Working with Extended Events

Lab 1: Using SQL Server Extended Events

  • Create Extended Events sessions

  • Working with Extended Events sessions

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Describe Extended Events core concepts.

  • Create and query Extended Events sessions.

Module 13: Monitoring SQL Server
This module explains how to monitor databases with the goal of proactively dealing with potential issues. It also describes how to use the built-in tools provided to analyse instance and server activity.


  • Monitoring activity

  • Capturing and Managing Performance Data

  • Analysing Collected Performance Data

Lab 1: Monitoring SQL Server

  • Using Performance Monitor

  • Configuring Data Collection

  • Viewing the Reports

Module 14: Troubleshooting SQL Server
This module explains how to resolve common issues that may arise when working with SQL Server systems. It also describes a methodology for resolving general database server issues.


  • Applying a Troubleshooting Methodology

  • Resolving Service-Related Issues

  • Resolving Connectivity and Login issues

Lab 1: Troubleshooting SQL Server

  • Troubleshooting errors

  • Troubleshooting services

  • Troubleshooting logins

Module 15: Importing and Exporting Data
This module explains how to use SQL Server native tools to import and export data to and from SQL Server and Azure SQL Databases.


  • Transferring Data to and from SQL Server

  • Importing and Exporting Table Data

  • Using bcp and BULK INSERT to Import Data

  • Deploying Data-Tier Applications

Lab 1: Importing and Exporting data

  • Disabling and Enabling Constraints

  • Using the Import and Export Wizard

  • Import with bcp and BULK INSERT

  • Working with DACPACs and BACPACs


Before attending this course, students must have:

  • Experience using applications on Windows Servers

  • Experience working with SQL Server or another RDMS

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