Microsoft SQL Server System Administration Fundamentals


3 Days


Exeter – Devon, Bristol, Gloucester or onsite at your premise.


Microsoft SQL Server


This 3 day course is intended for students who need to learn the essential skills necessary to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server system infrastructure. Being concise and hands-on, it is aimed at quickly getting students familiar with the Microsoft SQL Server administration concepts, tools and utilities. This course is an abridged version of the full 5 day “Microsoft SQL Server System Administration” course. The installation of SQL Server, covered in the first module of the course, is optional and can be omitted to save time if applicable.

Attendees will gain insight into the infrastructure and architecture of SQL Server, enabling individuals to fully understand the product with which they are dealing. Configuration of server instances and databases is given full treatment, as are database transaction logs, and the creation and maintenance of indexes. Concise treatment is given to managing SQL Server security, including both at the server and database level. The focus then shifts to examining how best to move and protect data, such as when importing or exporting it between heterogeneous data sources, backing it up to external media, and restoring data from a backup. Many tasks involved in the day to day administration of a SQL Server instance can be performed automatically, making an administrators life potentially simpler, and such is the subject matter in the module dealing with SQL Server Automation. The final part of the course looks at monitoring and troubleshooting SQL Server performance and related issues.


Students should be familiar with working in a Microsoft Windows Server operating system environment. Additionally, you should also have an understanding of relational databases and design principles, coupled with a basic working experience of the SQL language (such as might be gained from the 2 day “SQL Server Introduction to Querying” course).


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Configure a SQL Server Instance
  • Create, Configure and Manage Databases
  • Implement and Manage Indexes
  • Understand and Implement SQL Server Security
  • Understand Data Transfer Utilities
  • Backup and Restore Databases
  • Automate Tasks in SQL Server
  • Monitor and Troubleshoot SQL Server
  • Understand SQL Server 2012 Transactions and Locking


1. Install and Configure a SQL Server Instance

  • Overview of SQL Server
  • Preparing for an Installation (optional)
  • Installing SQL Server (optional)
  • Configuring Instance-Level Settings

2. Configuring and Managing Databases

  • Creating and Managing Files and Filegroups
  • Configuring Databases
  • Managing Log Files

3. Creating and Managing Indexes

  • SQL Server Index Architecture
  • Creating and Modifying Indexes
  • Managing Index Fragmentation
  • Understanding and Managing Statistics

4. SQL Server 2012 Security

  • Managing Logins and Server Roles
  • Managing Users and Database Roles
  • Assigning and Managing Permissions
  • Using Schemas

5. Transferring Data

  • Overview of Copying and Exporting Data
  • Using BCP to Import and Export Data
  • Using the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard
  • Introducing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)

6. Backups and Recovery

  • Understanding Database Recovery Models
  • Understanding Backup Types
  • Backup Options
  • Performing Database and Log Backups
  • Backing Up System Databases
  • Viewing Backup History
  • Restoring Database and Log Backups
  • Restoring System Databases

7. SQL Server Automation

  • Overview of SQL Server Automation
  • The SQL Server Agent Service
  • Configuring Credentials and Proxy Accounts
  • Implementing Jobs
  • Implementing Operators and Notifications
  • Implementing Alerts
  • Maintenance Plans

8. Monitoring and Troubleshooting SQL Server

  • Introduction to Monitoring SQL Server
  • Using DMVs and DMFs
  • Activity Monitor
  • Performance Monitor
  • SQL Server Profiler
  • Diagnosing Common Issues

9. Transactions and Locking

  • Understanding Transactions
  • Understanding SQL Server Lock Management
  • Diagnosing Concurrency Issues


For more information or to book onto our Microsoft SQL Server 2012 System Administration Fundamentals training course please contact us on 01392 824 022 or email

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