Microsoft Course 2786 - Designing a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Infrastructure — A 2-Day Course

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This course has now been retired. Please see the Microsoft SQL 2005 section for a list of current courses.

Course Synopsis

This two-day instructor-led M2786 course provides database administrators working in enterprise environments with the knowledge and skills to design a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 database infrastructure. The course focuses on the development of strategies for data archiving, consolidation, distribution, and recovery. The course also stresses the importance of capacity analysis and emphasizes the tradeoffs that need to be made during design.

This is the first course in the database administration curriculum and will serve as the entry point for other courses in the curriculum.

Course Objectives

On completion of this M2786 training course, delegates should be able to:

Intended Audience

This course is intended for current professional database administrators who have three or more years of on-the-job experience administering SQL Server database solutions in an enterprise environment.

Course Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students should have the following prerequisites:


This course has been retired and is no longer available.

Outline Course Contents

Analyzing Capacity Needs

This module explains how to gather data about the current capacity of key system resources such as storage, CPU, memory, and network bandwidth. It also explains how the resulting data can be used to estimate future capacity needs.

Designing a Strategy for Data Archiving

This module explains how to identify the requirements that affect data archiving, determine the structure of archival data, select an appropriate storage format, and develop a data movement strategy. It also describes the key elements of a data archival plan and the process of creating it.

Designing a Strategy for Database Server Consolidation

This module describes the benefits of consolidating database servers in various ways and explains how to use multiple SQL Server instances to optimize the design of a database server infrastructure. It also details the process of designing a database server consolidation plan.

Designing a Strategy for Data Distribution

This module describes the various tools that are provided by SQL Server 2005 for data distribution and explains how to select an appropriate tool based on the requirements of an organization. It also details the process of creating a data distribution plan specifically for replication.

Designing a Database Server Infrastructure

This module explains how to evaluate the current database server infrastructure of an organization and gather requirements for modifying it. It also provides guidelines and best practices for designing modifications to the current infrastructure and describes the hardware and software tradeoffs involved in the design process.

Designing a Strategy for Data Recovery

This module explains how to create a backup and recovery strategy. It also describes the key components of a database disaster recovery plan and the process of creating it.

Establishing Database Conventions and Standards

This module describes how well a database naming convention simplifies administration, and provides guidelines for establishing such a convention. It also explains how to define Transact-SQL coding, database access, and deployment process standards.