Microsoft SQL Server System Administration


5 Days


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


Microsoft SQL Server 2012


This 5 day course is intended for students who need to learn the skills necessary to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server system infrastructure. Being comprehensive and hands-on, it is aimed at quickly getting students familiar with the Microsoft SQL Server administration concepts, tools and utilities. 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 extensive treatment, as is the pivotal role of database transaction logs. Index creation and maintenance is also given in-depth analysis to facilitate better understanding of related performance issues arising from their use, and how to rectify problems that can often occur. Thorough coverage 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. Coverage of SQL Server high availability options is also provided, enabling students to better identify what choices are available and best suited to given scenarios. Finally, comprehensive treatment is given to the monitoring and troubleshooting of SQL Server performance and related issues.

This course is fully customisable and can be tailored to include only the material required.


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:

  • Install and Configure a SQL Server Instance
  • Create, Configure and Manage Databases
  • Implement and Manage Indexes
  • Create and Manage Table and Index Partitions
  • Understand and Implement SQL Server Security
  • Understand Data Transfer Utilities
  • Backup and Restore Databases
  • Automate Tasks in SQL Server
  • Understand the Concepts of Maintaining High Availability
  • Monitor and Troubleshoot SQL Server

1. Installing SQL Server

  • Preparing for an Installation
  • Installing SQL Server

2. Configuring and Managing SQL Server Instances

  • Configuring Instance-Level Settings
  • Configuring Database Mail
  • Installing Additional SQL Server Instances
  • Managing Software Updates

3. Configuring and Managing Databases

  • Designing the Storage for New Databases
  • Managing Files and Filegroups
  • Configuring Databases
  • Shrinking and Growing Databases
  • Contained Databases
  • Data Compression
  • Encrypting Databases (TDE)
  • Managing Log Files
  • Using Database Console Commands

4. Creating and Managing Tables

  • Native SQL Server Data Types
  • Creating a Table
  • Column Properties and Constraints

5. Creating and Managing Indexes

  • SQL Server Index Architecture
  • Designing Indexes for Efficient Data Retrieval
  • Index Creation Options
  • Creating and Modifying Indexes
  • Tracking Missing Indexes
  • Reviewing Unused Indexes
  • Managing Index Fragmentation
  • Understanding and Managing Statistics

6. Partitioning Indexes and Tables

  • Partition Functions
  • Partition Schemes
  • Partitioning Tables and Indexes
  • Query Data in Partitions
  • Managing Partitions

7. SQL Server 2012 Security

  • Managing Logins and Server Roles
  • Credentials
  • Managing Users and Database Roles
  • Contained Users
  • Application Roles
  • Understanding Securables
  • Assigning and Managing Permissions
  • Using Schemas
  • Troubleshooting SQL Server Security
  • Using Security Catalog Views
  • Auditing SQL Server Instances
  • Policy-Based Management

8. Upgrading an Instance to SQL Server

  • Upgrading to SQL Server
  • Migrating a Database to a SQL Server Instance
  • Copying Databases to Other Servers
  • Migrating SQL Logins

9. 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)

10. 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
  • Performing File Restores
  • Performing Page Restores
  • Restoring System Databases

11. Database Snapshots

  • How Database Snapshots Work
  • Benefits of Database Snapshots
  • Implementing Database Snapshots
  • Revert a Database to a Database Snapshot

12. 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
  • Managing Multiple Servers
  • Maintenance Plans

13. SQL Server High Availability

  • Overview of SQL Server High Availability Options
  • Implementing Database Mirroring
  • Implementing Log Shipping
  • Introducing Clustering on SQL Server 2012
  • Introducing AlwaysOn Availability Groups

14. Introduction to Replication

  • Replication Architecture
  • Replication Types
  • Snapshot Replication
  • Transactional Replication
  • Peer-to-Peer Transactional Replication
  • Merge Replication
  • The Replication Monitor
  • Managing Replication

15. Monitoring and Troubleshooting SQL Server

  • Introduction to Monitoring SQL Server
  • Using DMVs and DMFs
  • Activity Monitor
  • Performance Monitor
  • SQL Server Profiler
  • Extended Events
  • DDL and Logon Triggers
  • Using the Database Engine Tuning Advisor
  • Using Resource Governor
  • The Data Collector and Management Data Warehouse
  • Monitoring Disk Usage
  • Monitoring Memory Usage
  • Monitoring CPU Usage
  • Understanding Transactions
  • Understanding SQL Server Lock Management
  • Monitoring Concurrency Issues
  • Detecting and Correcting Deadlocks
  • Diagnosing Bottlenecks


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

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