Microsoft SQL Server 2012 System Administration Fundamentals

3 days

Course Overview

This 3 day course is intended for students who need to learn the essential skills necessary to maintain a
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 system infrastructure. Being concise and hands-on, it is aimed at quickly
getting students familiar with the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 administration concepts, tools and
utilities. This course is an abridged version of the full 5 day “Microsoft SQL Server 2012 System
Administration” course. The installation of SQL Server 2012, 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.

Course Objectives

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

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


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 2012 Introduction to Querying” course).

Course Outline

1. Install and Configure a SQL Server 2012 Instance

  • Overview of SQL Server 2012
  • Preparing for an Installation (optional)
  • Installing SQL Server 2012 (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