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This two-day instructor-led course provides database administrators working in enterprise environments with the knowledge and skills to design a Microsoft SQL ServerT 2005 database infrastructure.

Course Outline

This two-day instructor-led course provides database administrators working in enterprise environments with the knowledge and skills to design a Microsoft SQL ServerT 2005 database infrastructure. The course focuses on the development of strategies for data archiving, consolidation, distribution, and recovery. The course also stresses the importance of capacity analysis and emphasizes the tradeoffs that need to be made during design.

This is the first course in the database administration curriculum and will serve as the entry point for other courses in the curriculum.

This course is intended for current professional database administrators who have three or more years of on-the-job experience administering SQL Server database solutions in an enterprise environment.



Course Outline

Module 1: Analyzing Capacity Needs

This module explains how to gather data about the current capacity of key system resources such as storage, CPU, memory, and network bandwidth. It also explains how the resulting data can be used to estimate future capacity needs.


• Estimating Storage Requirements

• Estimating CPU Requirements

• Estimating Memory Requirements

• Estimating Network Requirements

Lab 1: Analyzing Capacity Needs

• Gathering Requirements that Impact or Affect Capacity Needs

• Estimating Capacity Needs

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Estimate disk storage requirements.

• Estimate CPU requirements.

• Estimate memory requirements.

• Estimate network bandwidth requirements.

Module 2: Designing a Strategy for Data Archiving

This module explains how to identify the requirements that affect data archiving, determine the structure of archival data, select an appropriate storage format, and develop a data movement strategy. It also describes the key elements of a data archival plan and the process of creating it.


• Identifying Requirements that Affect Data Archiving

• Determining the Structure of Archival Data

• Creating a Data Archival Plan

Lab 2: Designing a Strategy for Data Archiving

• Designing an Archiving Solution

• Defending Your Archiving Solution

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Identify the requirements that affect data archiving.

• Determine the structure of archival data.

• Create a data archival plan.

Module 3: Designing a Strategy for Database Server Consolidation

This module describes the benefits of consolidating database servers in various ways and explains how to use multiple SQL Server instances to optimize the design of a database server infrastructure. It also details the process of designing a database server consolidation plan.


• Overview of Database Server Consolidation

• Designing a Strategy for SQL Server Instances

• Designing a Database Server Consolidation Plan

Lab 3: Designing a Database Server Consolidation Strategy

• Designing a Consolidation Strategy

• Defending Your Consolidation Strategy

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Identify the benefits of different ways to consolidate database servers.

• Design a strategy for SQL Server instances.

• Design a database server consolidation plan.

Module 4: Designing a Strategy for Data Distribution

This module describes the various tools that are provided by SQL Server 2005 for data distribution and explains how to select an appropriate tool based on the requirements of an organization. It also details the process of creating a data distribution plan specifically for replication.


• Overview of Data Distribution

• Creating a Data Distribution Plan Using Replication

Lab 4: Designing a Data Distribution Strategy Using Replication

• Designing a Data Distribution Strategy

• Defending Your Data Distribution Strategy

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Select an appropriate tool for data distribution.

• Create a data distribution plan using replication.

Module 5: Designing a Database Server Infrastructure

This module explains how to evaluate the current database server infrastructure of an organization and gather requirements for modifying it. It also provides guidelines and best practices for designing modifications to the current infrastructure and describes the hardware and software tradeoffs involved in the design process.


• Evaluating the Current Database Server Infrastructure

• Gathering Requirements for Changing a Database Server Infrastructure

• Designing Modifications to a Database Server Infrastructure

Lab 5: Designing a Database Server Infrastructure

• Choosing a Database Server Hardware and Software

• Defending Your Database Server Hardware and Software Choices

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Evaluate the current database server infrastructure.

• Gather requirements for changing a database server infrastructure.

• Design modifications to a database server infrastructure.

Module 6: Designing a Strategy for Data Recovery

This module explains how to create a backup and recovery strategy. It also describes the key components of a database disaster recovery plan and the process of creating it.


• Creating a Backup and Restore Strategy

• Creating a Database Disaster Recovery Plan

Lab 6: Designing a Data Recovery Solution

• Devising a Recovery Strategy

• Sharing Lessons Learned from Disaster Recovery

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Create a backup and restore strategy.

• Create a database disaster recovery plan.

Module 7: Establishing Database Conventions and Standards

This module describes how well a database naming convention simplifies administration, and provides guidelines for establishing such a convention. It also explains how to define Transact-SQL coding, database access, and deployment process standards.


• Establishing Database Naming Conventions

• Defining Database Standards

Lab 7: Establishing Database Conventions and Standards

• Proposing Improved Object Naming Conventions

• Proposing Improved Coding Standards

After completing this module, students will be able to:

• Create database naming conventions.

• Define database infrastructure standards
Prerequisites & Certificates

Before attending this course, students must: • 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. In addition, it is recommended, but not required, that students have completed: • Course 2778: Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Transact-SQL. • Course 2779: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database. • Course 2780: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database

Certificates offered

Certificate of Completion

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations or postponements received more than ten business days prior to the first day of the course, will be subject to a 15% administration fee, and course ware fees where applicable. The cost of the course is payable, in full, for any cancellations or postponements received within ten business days, or less, prior to the first day of the course.

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A quick note to say thanks very much for the information I garnered at the course. The training was very informative and practical; the handout material contains a lot of information that will be helpful in future.
Reviewed by 2014
I found the course to be useful and easy to follow. Would use their service again.
Reviewed by 2014
I really enjoyed this training session, I found it incredible helpful for our needs of customizing our CRM. The instructor was good
Reviewed by 2013
By choice, and as I didn't want to disturb the man next to me, I didn't ask to many questions of the instructor. I realize that taking the same course at the same time would have been ideal, but I understand why we were put in the same space. I had a few computer glitches which shuffled the course material around a bit which I eventually found a work around for. A lot of material for one day and I did find myself paying attention to the clock to make sure I finished at a reasonable time.
Reviewed by 2012
very well organized and flexible. Helped me with my specific needs. Steve was very helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
I thought that the course content was excellent, it covered a wide variety of new features in 2010 at a sufficeint level of detail. The video instructor was also very diliegent about highlighting the various ribbon features and showing alternate methods of completing a task. This teaching method may not be for everyone, but I enjoyed the ability to learn at my own pace, without being slowed down by questions that were not relevant to me. It would be nice to have better control over the video streaming in order to skip over/ahead on topics that are familiar to the user.
Reviewed by 2012
the instructor was very knowledgeable, and most importantly patient.
Reviewed by 2012
Found that the advance training was where my level was at already on most items (wishing there was a super advanced training). Found the β€˜instructor’ not to be conversant on the program I was being trained on (probably the same level as I was) which was frustrating. He did ask other personnel which did have more knowledge but did not give me a clear answer (said it was part of the limits of the program and what I was looking for was very customized, duh this is why I took the advanced) He was willing to go over the ideas of tables and relationships with me which was not covered in the course, which I was thankful for. The course did delivered though what it had said it would and it was good to get reinforcement on what I had learned on my own, that I was on the right track.
Reviewed by 2012
The course was really useful for me.
Reviewed by 2012
over all it is a good experience and I learnt something out of it.
Reviewed by 2012
Course content was not as comprehensive as I'd hoped. Would have liked more indepth lessons about macros.
Reviewed by 2012
It would be great to separate two different session for the topic. It was usufull and meantime it was too much information.
Reviewed by 2012
Hi, There was one problem with the flow. I'm not completely sure as to how best to describe it but basically, it didn't flow from one module to the next. Specifically, if I was in a particular module (say the introduction or first sub-module) and it completed, I was not automatically taken to the next sub-module within the overall module (a module being a section of the course). Feel free to give me a call to discuss at 416-686-3141.
Reviewed by 2012
The first hour of the course was difficult due to the noisy environment. There were 3 separate software platforms being mentored by 2 instructors simultaneously. As each required unique start up instructions, it was very difficult to concentrate on the video teaching for my session in spite of the headphones as there was a significant amount of background noise. I suggest that future sessions that are mentored rather than led be done as dedicated sessions (i.e. only 1 software platform being taught at a time) to minimize the impact of this situation. Additionally, the 2 instructors had side conversations that had nothing to do with teaching the sessions and needed to be asked not to do this as I found it was hindering my ability to listen to the video lesson. Unwilling to crank the volume on the headset, I could hear them clearly over the top of the lesson I was listening to.
Reviewed by 2012
Everyone was extremely laid back, kind and courteous. I felt very comfortable and no matter who you were in contact with, all employees were approachable.
Reviewed by 2012
While the instructor had a basic understanding of Project 2010, he did not have "advanced" knowledge which was the level of the course. He had not really used the software in "real life" so didn't have any context. Whenever I had questions, he looked for answers from microsoft.com (I could have done the same). I was hoping the instructor would provided added knowledge to what I was learning from the videos.
Reviewed by 2012
Fantastic and very relevant. The instructor was very pleasant and helpful.
Reviewed by 2012
Too many mistakes made in the videos, this made it confusing about what to follow and what to avoid. Seminar presenter got off-topic too much which made me pressed for time.
Reviewed by 2011
There really is not enough time in one day to do all the exersizes in the training manual, watch all the videos, take the quizzes, and discuss specifc issues with the instructor. I would suggest improving the video intruction to actual take you through some of the exersizes rather than leaving you to do it on your own, because you really only learn by doing.
Reviewed by 2011
Thought the directions in the book exercises exercises could be written a little clearer.
Reviewed by 2011
My second course with TekSource and it's always an enjoyable experience. It's a nice clean office environment close to the subway. And the staff is excellent and helpful.
Reviewed by 2011
Not instructor led hence one star rating
Reviewed by 2011
The only somewhat critical comment I have is that it can be difficult to concentrate when the mentor is explaining to another student. In a small classroom setting, I guess that is just a reality of mentor-assisted training.
Reviewed by 2011
Steve Meggenson understand French. He helped me a lot with my documents from work. Now I know how to use Access for my work. I should take this course 5 years ago! But, it's not too late! I want to take the monitored or coach course with Steve again because he can read and understand french!
Reviewed by 2011
I wish that there had been more examples and more exercises for pivot tables and vlook up. They are very valuable tools.
Reviewed by 2011
Very positive experience.
Reviewed by 2011

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