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Microsoft Certified Training Offerings
  • Course #10977 A- Updating Your SQL Server Skills to Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014
  • Course #20461C – Querying Microsoft SQL Server®
  • Course #20462C – Administering Microsoft® SQL Server® Databases
  • Course #20463C – Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft® SQL Server®
  • Course #20464C – Developing Microsoft® SQL Server® Databases
  • Course #20465B – Designing a Data Solution with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012
Course #10977B – Updating Your SQL Server Skills to Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014

About this Course

This instructor-led course teaches students how to use the enhancements and new features that have been added to SQL Server and the Microsoft data platform since the release of SQL Server 2008. The course focuses on teaching individuals how to use SQL Server 2014 product features and other Microsoft data platform components.

The primary audience for this course is database and business intelligence (BI) professionals who are familiar with SQL Server 2008 and want to update their skills to SQL Server 2014, and become familiar with related Microsoft data technologies.

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

  • Describe key features and capabilities of SQL Server 2014.
  • Leverage new and enhanced features to develop database in SQL Server 2014.
  • Use in-memory database capabilities in SQL Server 2014.
  • Manage SQL Server 2014 by using dynamic management views and PowerShell.
  • Implement security in SQL Server 2014.
  • Implement high-availability and data recovery techniques in SQL Server 2014.
  • Use SQL Server 2014 Integration Services.
  • Use SQL Server 2014 Data Quality Services.
  • Use SQL Server 2014 Master Data Services.
  • Manage SQL Server 2012 Agent and Jobs.
  • Implement a tabular data model in SQL Server 2014 Analysis Services.
  • Implement a Self-Service BI solution with Microsoft Excel 2013.
  • Describe key elements of cloud solutions for data.
  • Implement a database in Microsoft Azure SQL Database.
  • Implement a SQL Server database in a Microsoft Azure virtual machine.
  • Implement a Big Data solution with Microsoft Azure HDInsight and the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Required Prerequisites:

  • Experience of building and managing database, data warehouse, and business intelligence (BI) solutions with SQL Server 2008.
  • Familiarity with the Windows Server 2012 operating system and networking.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.
Course Outline
Course #20461C – Querying Microsoft SQL Server®

About this Course

This instructor led course provides students with the technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2014. This course is the foundation for all SQL Server-related disciplines; namely, Database Administration, Database Development and Business Intelligence. This course helps people prepare for exam 70-461.
Note: This course is designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

This course is intended for Database Administrators, Database Developers, and Business Intelligence professionals. The course will very likely be well attended by SQL power users who aren’t necessarily database-focused or plan on taking the exam; namely, report writers, business analysts and client application developers.

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

  • Describe the basic architecture and concepts of Microsoft SQL Server 2014.
  • Understand the similarities and differences between Transact-SQL and other computer languages.
  • Write SELECT queries
  • Query multiple tables
  • Sort and filter data
  • Describe the use of data types in SQL Server
  • Modify data using Transact-SQL
  • Use built-in functions
  • Group and aggregate data
  • Use subqueries
  • Use table expressions
  • Use set operators
  • Use window ranking, offset and aggregate functions
  • Implement pivoting and grouping sets
  • Execute stored procedures
  • Program with T-SQL
  • Implement error handling
  • Implement transactions

This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
Course Outline
Course #20462C - Administering Microsoft® SQL Server® Databases

About this Course

This instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server 2014 database. The course focuses on teaching individuals how to use SQL Server 2014 product features and tools related to maintaining a database.
Note: This course is designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

The primary audience for this course is individuals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases. These individuals perform database administration and maintenance as their primary area of responsibility, or work in environments where databases play a key role in their primary job. The secondary audience for this course is individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.

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

  • Describe core database administration tasks and tools.
  • Install and configure SQL Server 2014.
  • Configure SQL Server databases and storage.
  • Plan and implement a backup strategy.
  • Restore databases from backups.
  • Import and export data.
  • Monitor SQL Server.
  • Trace SQL Server activity.
  • Manage SQL Server security.
  • Audit data access and encrypt data.
  • Perform ongoing database maintenance.
  • Automate SQL Server maintenance with SQL Server Agent Jobs.
  • Configure Database Mail, alerts and notifications.

This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL.
  • Working knowledge of relational databases.
  • Some experience with database design.

Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by attending the following courses, or obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills:

  • 20461C: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2014
Course Outline
Course #20463C - Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft® SQL Server®

About this Course

This course describes how to implement a data warehouse platform to support a BI solution. Students will learn how to create a data warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2014, implement ETL with SQL Server Integration Services, and validate and cleanse data with SQL Server Data Quality Services and SQL Server Master Data Services.

Note: This course is designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014.  It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

This course is intended for database professionals who need to create and support a data warehousing solution. Primary responsibilities include:

  • Implementing a data warehouse.
  • Developing SSIS packages for data extraction, transformation, and loading.
  • Enforcing data integrity by using Master Data Services.
  • Cleansing data by using Data Quality Services.

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

  • Describe data warehouse concepts and architecture considerations.
  • Select an appropriate hardware platform for a data warehouse.
  • Design and implement a data warehouse.
  • Implement Data Flow in an SSIS Package.
  • Implement Control Flow in an SSIS Package.
  • Debug and Troubleshoot SSIS packages.
  • Implement an ETL solution that supports incremental data extraction.
  • Implement an ETL solution that supports incremental data loading.
  • Implement data cleansing by using Microsoft Data Quality Services.
  • Implement Master Data Services to enforce data integrity.
  • Extend SSIS with custom scripts and components.
  • Deploy and Configure SSIS packages.
  • Describe how BI solutions can consume data from the data warehouse.

This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • At least 2 years’ experience of working with relational databases, including:
    • Designing a normalized database.
    • Creating tables and relationships.
    • Querying with Transact-SQL.
  • Some exposure to basic programming constructs (such as looping and branching).
  • An awareness of key business priorities such as revenue, profitability, and financial accounting is desirable.
Course Outline
Course #20464C - Developing Microsoft® SQL Server® Databases

About this Course

This instructor-led course introduces SQL Server 2014 and describes logical table design, indexing and query plans. It also focusses on the creation of database objects including views, stored procedures, along with parameters, and functions. Other common aspects of procedure coding, such as indexes, concurrency, error handling, and triggers are also covered in this course. Also this course helps you prepare for the Exam 70-464.

Note: This course is designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014.  It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

The primary audience for this course is IT Professionals who want to become skilled on SQL Server 2014 product features and technologies for implementing a database.

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

  • Introduce the entire SQL Server platform and its major tools. It will cover editions, versions, basics of network listeners, and concepts of services and service accounts.
  • Determine appropriate data types to be used when designing tables, convert data between data types, and create alias data types.
  • Be aware of good design practices regarding SQL Server tables and be able to create tables using T-SQL. (Note: partitioned tables are not covered).
  • Implement PRIMARY KEY, FOREIGN KEY, DEFAULT, CHECK and UNIQUE constraints, and investigate cascading FOREIGN KEY constraints.
  • Determine appropriate single column and composite indexes strategies.
  • Create tables as heaps and tables with clustered indexes. Also consider the design of a table and suggest an appropriate structure.
  • Read and interpret details of common elements from execution plans.
  • Design effective non-clustered indexes.
  • Design and implement views
  • Design and implement stored procedures.
  • Work with table types, table valued parameters and use the MERGE statement to create stored procedures that update data warehouses.
  • Design and implement functions, both scalar and table-valued. (Also describe where they can lead to performance issues).
  • Perform basic investigation of a deadlock situation and learn how transaction isolation levels affect application concurrency.
  • Use both traditional T-SQL error handling code and structured exception handling.
  • Design and implement DML triggers
  • Learn appropriate uses for SQL CLR integration and implement an existing .NET assembly within SQL Server.
  • Store XML data and schemas in SQL Server.
  • Perform basic queries on XML data in SQL Server.
  • Work with the GEOGRAPHY and GEOMETRY data types
  • Implement and query a full-text index.

This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Knowledge of writing T-SQL queries.
  • Knowledge of basic relational database concepts
Course Outline
Course #20465B - Designing a Data Solution with Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012

About this Course

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. This course maps to skills and knowledge measured by Microsoft Exam 70-465, and in conjunction with on-the-job experience, can help prepare your for the exam.

This course is intended for individuals who design database solutions for organizations and have experience with database development and administering SQL Server databases. These individuals design databases as their primary area of responsibility. They are responsible to plan and design database structure, storage, objects, and servers. They also create the plan for the environment in which the database solution runs.

Upon completion of 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

This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:

  • Experience with Transact-SQL
  • Familiarity with SQL Server 2012 components and tools
  • Familiarity with objects in a SQL Server database
  • Familiarity with enterprise Windows network and security architecture

Students who attend this training can meet the prerequisites by attending the following courses, or obtaining equivalent knowledge and skills:

  • MCSA: SQL Server 2012

Or attend

  • Course 10774: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Course 10775: Administering a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  • Course 10776: Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
Course Outline

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