Microsoft Course 50401 - Designing and Optimizing Database Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2008 — A 5 day course

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Synopsis

The Microsoft M50401 course provides the knowledge and skills that IT Professionals need to design, optimize, and maintain SQL Server 2008 database.

Please note: This course formally had the Microsoft designation 6316.

Objectives

After completing the Microsoft M50401 training course the student will be able to:

Suitable For

The Microsoft MS50401 course is for developers who implement database solutions or perform development utilizing the programming features and functionality of SQL Server. Students taking this course are expected to have three or more years of experience working on databases for two or more of the following phases in the product lifecycle - design, development, deployment, optimization, maintenance, or support. They should possess a four-year college degree, BS or BA, in the computer field. The students should have experience in the following areas:

Prerequisites

Before attending the Microsoft 50401 course, students must have:

Working knowledge of data storage. Specifically, they should know about row layout, fixed length field placement and varying length field placement

Knowledge about index structures and index utilization. Specifically, they must understand the interaction between non-clustered indexes, clustered indexes and heaps. They must know why a covering index can improve performance

Hands-on database developer experience. Specifically, they should have three years of experience as a full-time database developer in an enterprise environment

Knowledge about the locking model. Specifically, students should have an understanding of lock modes, lock objects and isolation levels and be familiar with process blocking

Understanding of Transact-SQL syntax and programming logic. Specifically, students should be completely fluent in advanced queries, aggregate queries, subqueries, user-defined functions, cursors, control of flow statements, CASE expressions, and all types of joins.

Knowledge about the trade offs when backing out of the fully normalized design and designing for performance and business requirements in addition to being familiar with design models, such as Star and Snowflake schemas. They should be able to design a database to third normal form (3NF)

Strong monitoring and troubleshooting skills, including usage of monitoring tools

Basic knowledge of the operating system and platform. That is, how the operating system integrates with the database, what the platform or operating system can do, and how interaction between the operating system and the database works

Basic knowledge of application architecture. That is, how applications can be designed in three layers, what applications can do, how interaction between the application and the database works, and how the interaction between the database and the platform or operating system works

Knowledge of using a data modeling tool

Knowledge of SQL Server 2005 features, tools, and technologies

A Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 credential - or equivalent experience.

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

Or:

Examination

This course helps prepare the delegate to achieve MCITP: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Schedule

This course has been retired and is no longer available.


Contents

Designing a Conceptual Database Model

This module explains the guidelines for designing a conceptual database model with a systematic perspective. A systematic approach involves formulating your database design process, following guidelines on how to gather and document database requirements, and following best practices when formulating a conceptual design. Finally, you will learn the guidelines for using Entity Framework.

Lab: Designing a Conceptual Database Model

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Designing a Logical Database Model

This module explains the best practices followed when you build a new logical database model. You will also learn the guidelines for normalization when designing an OLTP model and when designing a data warehouse database. Finally, you will learn to evaluate the existing logical model of a database.

Lab: Designing a Logical Database Model

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Designing a Physical Database Model

This module explains the guidelines to be followed when designing physical database objects and constraints. The module also covers the best practices for designing database tables and for designing data integrity.

Lab: Designing a Physical Database Model

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Designing Databases for Optimal Performance

This module explains the considerations for designing indexes. The module also covers the guidelines for designing scalable databases, and choosing additional optimization techniques, including designing for plan guide and partition.

Lab: Designing Databases for Optimal Performance

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Designing Security for SQL Server 2008

This module explains the best practices to be followed when designing for security in a database. The module will cover the guidelines for designing security for identity and access control, SQL development, database deployment. Finally, this module explains the guidelines for designing secure operations.

Lab: Designing Security for SQL Server 2008

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Designing a Strategy for Database Access

This module explains the best practices to be followed when designing a database access strategy. The module will cover the guidelines for designing views, stored procedures, and user defined function. Finally, this module explains the guidelines for CLR development.

Lab: Designing a Strategy for Database Access

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Designing Queries for Optimal Performance

This module will explain the considerations for optimizing and tuning queries to improve performance. The module will cover the design considerations to refactor cursors into queries.

Lab: Designing Queries for Optimal Performance

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Designing a Transaction and Concurrency Strategy

This module describes considerations and guidelines for defining a transaction strategy for a solution. It also shows the guidelines to specify isolation levels for data stores.

Lab: Designing a Transaction and Concurrency Strategy

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Designing an XML Strategy

This module describes the guidelines to design XML techniques. This module will cover the design considerations for XML storage, XQuery, XPath, and FOR XML clause. Finally, this module will cover the considerations for converting data between XML and relational formats.

Lab: Designing an XML Strategy

After completing this module, students will be able to:

Designing SQL Server 2008 Components

This module provides an overview of SQL Server 2008 architecture and the various considerations for choosing SQL Server components to be included in a solution. The module will also cover the considerations for designing service broker and full text search.

Lab: Designing SQL Server 2008 Components

After completing this module, students will be able to: