Microsoft SQL Server 2012 System Administration

5 days

Course Overview

This 5 day course is intended for students who need to learn the skills necessary to maintain a
Microsoft SQL Server 2012 system infrastructure. Being comprehensive and hands-on, it is aimed at
quickly getting students familiar with the Microsoft SQL Server 2012 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

Course Objectives

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

  • Install and Configure a SQL Server 2012 Instance
  • Create, Configure and Manage Databases
  • Implement and Manage Indexes
  • Create and Manage Table and Index Partitions
  • Understand and Implement SQL Server 2012 Security
  • Understand Data Transfer Utilities
  • Backup and Restore Databases
  • Automate Tasks in SQL Server 2012
  • Understand the Concepts of Maintaining High Availability
  • Monitor and Troubleshoot SQL Server 2012


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. Installing SQL Server 2012

  • Preparing for an Installation
  • Installing SQL Server 2012

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 2012

  • Upgrading to SQL Server 2012
  • Migrating a Database to a SQL Server 2012 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