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Database Administrator Professional
Build skills equivalent to MCSA: SQL Server 2012 program
  • Credit Hours: 9 Days

  • Format: Virtual Classroom - Instructor-led, Online

  • Professional Certificate: MCSA: SQL Server 2012

  • Recommended for: IT professionals with at least two years of hands-on experience implementing and administering database systems, Database administrators, systems engineers, systems analysts, and technical consultants who want to prepare for their MCSA: SQL Server 2012 cr

The Database Administrator Professional course prepares students for employment in the Informational Technology industry. The theory based lectures and virtual labs teach a comprehensive understanding of MCSA SQL Server 2012 querying, administration, and implementation. Upon completion of these courses, the student will possess the skills and knowledge necessary to obtain employment and will be employable by various companies within the industry, as well as the opportunity for career advancement.

This course prepares students for employment as a Systems Analyst or Database Administrator. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment change between 2010 and 2020 will grow by 31% greater than the annual average.

What You'll Learn

  • The technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • The knowledge and skills to maintain Microsoft SQL Server 2012 databases
  • Create a data warehouse with SQL Server 2012
  • Implement ETL with SQL Server Integration Services
  • Validate and cleanse data with SQL Server Data Quality Services and SQL Server Master Data Services
  • Key topics and concepts addressed on the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 exams

Who Needs to Attend

  • IT professionals with at least two years of hands-on experience implementing and administering database systems
  • Database administrators, systems engineers, systems analysts, and technical consultants who want to prepare for their MCSA: SQL Server 2012 credential in an accelerated format


  • Working knowledge of relational databases
  • Two years of hands-on experience working in a SQL Server 2008 or SQL Server 2012 environment
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality

Course Outline

1. Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2012

  • Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Basics
  • Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio

2. Getting Started with SQL Azure

  • Overview
  • Working with SQL Azure

3. Introduction to T-SQL Querying

  • T-SQL
  • Sets
  • Predicate Logic
  • Logical Order of Operations in SELECT Statements

4. Writing SELECT Queries

  • Writing Simple SELECT Statements
  • Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
  • Using Column and Table Aliases
  • Writing Simple CASE Expressions

5. Querying Multiple Tables

  • Joins
  • Querying with Inner Joins
  • Querying with Outer Joins
  • Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins

6. Sorting and Filtering Data

  • Sorting Data
  • Filtering Data with a WHERE Clause
  • Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH Options
  • Working with Unknown and Missing Values

7. Working with SQL Server 2012 Data Types

  • SQL Server 2012 Data Types
  • Working with Character Data
  • Working with Date and Time Data

8.Using Built-In Functions

  • Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
  • Using Conversion Functions
  • Using Logical Functions
  • Using Functions to Work with NULL

9. Grouping and Aggregating Data

  • Using Aggregate Functions
  • Using the GROUP BY Clause
  • Filtering Groups with HAVING

10. Using Subqueries

  • Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
  • Writing Correlated Subqueries
  • Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries

11. Using Table Expressions

  • Using Derived Tables
  • Using Common Table Expressions
  • Using Views
  • Using Inline Table-Valued Functions

12. Using Set Operators

  • Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
  • Using APPLY

13. Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions

  • Creating Windows with OVER
  • Exploring Window Functions

14. Pivoting and Grouping Sets

  • Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
  • Working with Grouping Sets

15. Querying SQL Server Metadata

  • Querying System Catalog Views and Functions
  • Executing System Stored Procedures
  • Querying Dynamic Management Objects

16. Executing Stored Procedures

  • Querying Data with Stored Procedures
  • Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
  • Creating Simple Stored Procedures
  • Working with Dynamic SQL

17. Programming with T-SQL

  • T-SQL Programming Elements
  • Controlling Program Flow

18. Implementing Error Handling

  • Using TRY/CATCH Blocks
  • Working with Error Information

19. Implementing Transactions

  • Transactions and the Database Engine
  • Controlling Transactions

20. Improving Query Performance

  • Factors in Query Performance
  • Displaying Query Performance Data

1. Introduction to SQL Server 2012 and its Toolset

  • SQL Server Platform
  • Working with SQL Server Tools
  • Configuring SQL Server Services

2. Preparing Systems for SQL Server 2012

  • SQL Server Architecture
  • Planning Server Resource Requirements
  • Pre-Installation Testing for SQL Server

3. Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2012

  • Preparing to Install SQL Server
  • Installing SQL Server
  • Upgrading and Automating Installation

4. Working with Databases

  • SQL Server Databases
  • Working with Files and Filegroups
  • Moving Database Files

5. SQL Server 2012 Recovery Models

  • Backup Strategies
  • SQL Server Transaction Logging
  • Planning a SQL Server Backup Strategy

6. Backup of SQL Server 2012 Databases

  • Backing Up Databases and Transaction Logs
  • Managing Database Backups
  • Working with Backup Options

7. Restoring SQL Server 2012 Databases

  • The Restore Process
  • Restoring Databases
  • Working with Point-in-Time Recovery
  • Restoring System Databases and Individual Files

8. Importing and Exporting Data

  • Transferring Data to/from SQL Server
  • Importing and Exporting Table Data
  • Inserting Data in Bulk

9. Authenticating and Authorizing Users

  • Authenticating Connections to SQL Server
  • Authorizing Logins to Access Databases
  • Authorization Across Servers

10.Assigning Server and Database Roles

  • Working with Server Roles
  • Working with Fixed Database Roles
  • Creating User-Defined Database Roles

11. Authorizing Users to Access Resources

  • Authorizing User Access to Objects
  • Authorizing Users to Execute Code
  • Configuring Permissions at the Schema Level

12. Auditing SQL Server Environments

  • Options for Auditing Data Access in SQL
  • Implementing SQL Server Audit
  • Managing SQL Server Audit

13. Automating SQL Server 2012 Management

  • Working with SQL Server Agent
  • Managing SQL Server Agent Jobs

14. Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent

  • SQL Server Agent Security Basics
  • Configuring Credentials
  • Configuring Proxy Accounts

15.Monitoring SQL Server 2012 with Alerts and Notifications

  • Configuration of Database Mail
  • Monitoring SQL Server Errors
  • Configuring Operators, Alerts, and Notifications

16. Performing Ongoing Database Maintenance

  • Ensuring Database Integrity
  • Maintaining Indexes
  • Automating Routine Database Maintenance

17. Tracing Access to SQL Server 2012

  • Capturing Activity using SQL Server Profiler
  • Improving Performance with the Database Engine Tuning Advisor
  • Working with Tracing Options

18. Monitoring SQL Server 2012

  • Monitoring Activity
  • Capturing and Managing Performance Data
  • Analyzing Collected Performance Data

19. Managing Multiple Servers

  • Working with Multiple Servers
  • Virtualizing SQL Server
  • Deploying and Upgrading Data-Tier Applications

20. Troubleshooting Common SQL Server 2012 Administrative Issues

  • SQL Server Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Resolving Service-Related Issues
  • Resolving Concurrency Issues
  • Resolving Login and Connectivity Issues

1.Data Warehousing

  • Overview of Data Warehousing
  • Considerations for a Data Warehouse Solution

2. Data Warehouse Hardware

  • Considerations for Building a Data Warehouse
  • Data Warehouse Reference Architectures and Appliances

3. Designing and Implementing a Data Warehouse

  • Logical Design for a Data Warehouse
  • Physical Design for a Data Warehouse

4. Creating an ETL Solution with SSIS

  • ETL with SSIS
  • Exploring Source Data
  • Implementing Data Flow

5. Implementing Control Flow in an SSIS Package

  • Control Flow
  • Creating Dynamic Packages
  • Using Containers
  • Managing Consistency

6. Debugging and Troubleshooting SSIS Packages

  • Debugging an SSIS Package
  • Logging SSIS Package Events
  • Handling Errors in an SSIS Package

7. Implementing an Incremental ETL Process

  • Incremental ETL
  • Extracting Modified Data
  • Loading Modified Data

8. Incorporating Data from the Cloud into a Data Warehouse

  • Overview of Cloud Data Sources
  • SQL Server Database
  • The Windows Azure Marketplace

9. Enforcing Data Quality

  • Data Quality
  • Using Data Quality Services to Cleanse Data
  • Using Data Quality Services to Match Data

10. Using Master Data Services

  • Master Data Services
  • Implementing a Master Data Services Model
  • Using the Master Data Services Add-in for Excel

11. Extending SQL Server Integration Services

  • Using Custom Components in SSIS
  • Using Scripts in SSIS

12. Deploying and Configuring SSIS Packages

  • SSIS Deployment
  • Deploying SSIS Projects
  • Planning SSIS Package Execution

13. Consuming Data in a Data Warehouse


  • Business Intelligence
  • Reporting
  • Data Analysis



Lab 1: SQL Server 2012 Tools

Lab 2: Transact-SQL Querying

Lab 3: Write Basic SELECT statements

Lab 4: Query Multiple Tables

Lab 5: Filter and Sort Data

Lab 6: Work with SQL Server 2012 Data Types

Lab 7: Use Built-In Functions

Lab 8: Group and Aggregate Data

Lab 9: Use Subqueries

Lab 10: Use Table Expressions

Lab 11: Use Set Operators

Lab 12: Use Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions

Lab 13: Pivot and Group Sets

Lab 14: Query SQL Server Metadata

Lab 15: Execute Stored Procedures

Lab 16: Program with T-SQL

Lab 17: Implement Error Handling

Lab 18: Implement Transactions

Lab 19: Improve Query Performance

Lab 1: SQL Server and Toolset

Lab 2: Prepare Systems for SQL Server

Lab 3: Install and Configure SQL Server

Lab 4: Work with Databases

Lab 5: SQL Server Recovery Models

Lab 6: Back Up SQL Server Databases

Lab 7: Restore SQL Server 2012 Databases

Lab 8: Import and Exporting Data

Lab 9: Authenticate and Authorizing Users

Lab 10: Assign Server and Database Roles

Lab 11: Authorize Users to Access Resources

Lab 12: Audit SQL Server Environments

Lab 13: Automate SQL Server Management

Lab 14: Configure Security for SQL Server Agent

Lab 15: Monitor SQL Agent Jobs with Alerts and Notifications

Lab 16: Perform Ongoing Database Maintenance

Lab 17: Trace Access to SQL Server 2012

Lab 18: Monitor SQL Server 2012

Lab 19: Manage Multiple Servers

Lab 20: Troubleshoot Common Issues

Lab 1: Explore a Data Warehouse Solution

Lab 2: Implement a Data Warehouse Schema

Lab 3: Implement Data Flow in an SSIS Package

Lab 4A: Implement Control Flow in an SSIS Package

Lab 4B: Use Transactions and Checkpoints

Lab 5: Debug and Troubleshoot an SSIS Package

Lab 6A: Extract Modified Data

Lab 6B: Load Incremental Changes

Lab 7: Use Cloud Data in a Data Warehouse Solution

Lab 8A: Cleanse Data

Lab 8B: De-Duplication Data

Lab 9: Implement Master Data Services

Lab 10: Use Scripts and Custom Components

Lab 11: Deploy and Configure SSIS Packages

Lab 12: Business Intelligence Tools

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