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This course is one of five courses required to pass the MCSE: Data Platform exam.


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Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server (MS 20465)

Course Length: 5 Days

This course is one of five courses required to pass the MCSE: Data Platform exam.

This course describes how to design and monitor high performance, highly available data solutions with SQL Server 2012. This course focuses on creating plans and designs for database structure, storage, objects, and servers. Students will have the opportunity to practices hands-on skills and design tasks in a virtual lab environment and will learn about topics such as data compression, high availability, data migration, security, and scalability.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Design an appropriate database server infrastructure for a given business application scenario
  • Design a logical schema for a database based on application requirements
  • Design the physical implementation of a database for a given set of requirements
  • Evaluate options for including binary large object data in a database design
  • Plan and manage indexes to optimize performance
  • Describe the key considerations for designing security for SQL Server instances and databases
  • Plan policy-based management to manage server instances, databases, and other SQL Server 2012 objects more efficiently
  • Plan SQL Server health monitoring
  • Implement SQL Server health monitoring by using SQL Server Utility
  • Identify and implement the appropriate backup strategy for a given scenario
  • Plan and manage multi-server maintenance and automation
  • Understand the benefits of using PowerShell to manage SQL Server 2012
  • Design an optimal replication strategy from a given set of business and technical requirements
  • Plan and implement a high availability solution

Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server (MS 20465)

Module 1: Designing a Database Server

  • Introduction to Database Server Infrastructure
  • Planning a Database Server Infrastructure
  • Analyzing Capacity Requirements
  • Considerations for Database Server Consolidation
  • Migrating Resources in a Database Infrastructure
    Lab: Designing a Database Server Infrastructure
  • Exercise 1: Planning for Consolidation
  • Exercise 2: Managing Resources on a Single Instance
  • Exercise 3: Managing Resources for Multiple SQL Server Instances on a Single Windows Server
  • Exercise 4: Managing Resources on Virtual Servers

Module 2: Designing a Logical Database

  • Relational Database Design Techniques
  • Using Schemas
  • Designing Tables
  • Providing Users with a Denormalized View of a Database
    Lab: Designing a Logical Database Schema
  • Exercise 1: Designing a Database Schema
  • Exercise 2: Providing Denormalized Views of Data

Module 3: Designing a Physical Database

  • Files and Filegroups
  • Partitioning Data
  • Compressing Data
    Lab: Designing a Physical Database Implementation
  • Exercise 1: Designing Files and Filegroups
  • Exercise 2: Partitioning Data
  • Exercise 3: Compressing Data

Module 4: Designing a Database Solution for BLOB

  • Considerations for BLOB Data
  • Working with FileStream
  • Using Full-text Search
    Lab: Creating a Database Solution for BLOB Data
  • Exercise 1: Planning for BLOB Data
  • Exercise 2: Creating a FileTable
  • Exercise 3: Using Full-text Search
  • Exercise 4: Using Statistical Semantic Search

Module 5: Tuning Database

  • Optimizing Query Performance with Indexes
  • Managing Query Plans
  • Performance Monitoring and Tuning
    Lab: Planning for Database Performance
  • Exercise 1: Planning a Strategy for Improving Query Performance
  • Exercise 2: Assessing an Execution Plan
  • Exercise 3: Working with an Execution Plan

Module 6: Designing Database Security

  • Designing Server-Level Security
  • Designing Database-Level Security
  • Transparent Database Encryption
  • Auditing Database Activity
    Lab: Planning Database Security
  • Exercise 1: Planning Security for MIA-SQL Instance and the Human Resources Database
  • Exercise 2: Implementing Security for Data Access
  • Exercise 3: Implementing Security for SQL Server Agent
  • Exercise 4: Implementing Transparent Data Encryption

Module 7: Using Policy-Based

  • Introduction to Policy-Based Management
  • Implementing Policy-Based Management
  • Planning For Policy-Based Management
    Lab: Using Policy-Based Management
  • Exercise 1: Planning Policy-Based Management
  • Exercise 2: Implementing Policy-Based Management
  • Exercise 3: Applying a Policy

Module 8: Monitoring Server

  • Introduction to Health Monitoring
  • Options for Monitoring Health
  • Using the SQL Server Utility
    Lab: Monitoring Server Health
  • Exercise 1: Creating a Utility Control Point
  • Exercise 2: Configuring Health Policies
  • Exercise 3: Analyzing Server Health Issues

Module 9: Designing a Database Backup

  • SQL Server Backup and Restore
  • Planning a Recovery Strategy
    Lab: Designing a Database Backup Solution
  • Exercise 1: Planning a Backup and Restore Strategy
  • Exercise 2: Testing a DR Strategy

Module 10: Automating Multi-Server

  • Overview of Maintenance Automation
  • Managing Multiple Servers
    Lab: Automating Multi-Server Maintenance
  • Exercise 1: Planning and Implementing a Multi-Server Environment
  • Exercise 2: Planning Multi-Server Jobs

Module 11: Managing SQL Server

  • Introduction to PowerShell
    Lab: Managing SQL Server with PowerShell
  • Exercise 1: Using PowerShell interactively
  • Exercise 2: Backing up a Database by Using PowerShell
  • Exercise 3: Creating a PowerShell Script to Standardize Database Creation

Module 12: Replicating

  • SQL Server Replication
  • Planning Replication
    Lab: Planning and Implementing SQL Server Replication
  • Exercise 1: Planning a Replication Strategy
  • Exercise 2: Implementing Replication

Module 13: Designing for High

  • High Availability in SQL Server 2012
  • AlwaysOn Availability Groups
    Lab: Implementing High Availability
  • Exercise 1: Planning a High Availability Strategy
  • Exercise 2: Implementing an AlwaysOn Availability Group
  • Exercise 3: Testing an AlwaysOn Availability Group

MCSE: Data Platform 2014

MCSE: Data Platform 2014

The globally recognized standard for IT professionals

Demonstrate your broad skill sets in building and administrating enterprise-scale data solutions both on-premises and in cloud environments.

Earning an MCSE: Data Platform certification will qualify you for such jobs as database analyst and database designer.


Exam title

Optional training

Required exam


Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2014



Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Databases



Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2014
After successfully completing steps 1-3, you'll earn a Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA): SQL Server 2012 certification.



Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Databases



Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server


*At the Expert level, the MCSE: Data Platform (464/465) and MCSE: Business Intelligence (466/467) exams will not be updated with SQL Server 2014 content until April 2014.

If you earn your MCSE credential prior to the exam updates, you will not be tested on features of SQL Server 2014 or future releases until your recertification exam.


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