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Microsoft SQL Server 2014 System Administration Fundamentals

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Microsoft SQL Server 2014 System Administration Fundamentals

This 3 day course is intended for students who need to learn the essential skills necessary to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server 2014 system infrastructure. Being concise and hands-on, it is aimed at quickly getting students familiar with the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 administration concepts, tools and utilities. This course is an abridged version of the full 5 day “Microsoft SQL Server 2014 System Administration” course. The installation of SQL Server 2014, covered in the first module of the course, is optional and can be omitted to free up time for other topics if desired.


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 full treatment, as are database transaction logs, and the creation and maintenance of indexes. Concise treatment 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. The final part of the course looks at monitoring and troubleshooting SQL Server performance and related issues.

Students should be familiar with working in a Microsoft Windows Server operating system environment. Delegates should also have an understanding of the fundamental design of relational databases including, but not restricted to, the purpose of primary and foreign keys, entity relationships, and data normalization. A working knowledge of the SQL language (such as might be gained from attending the 2 day “SQL Server 2014 Introduction to Querying” course) will also be assumed.

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


  • Configure a SQL Server 2014 Instance
  • Create, Configure and Manage Databases
  • Implement and Manage Indexes
  • Understand and Implement SQL Server 2014 Security
  • Understand Data Transfer Utilities
  • Backup and Restore Databases
  • Automate Tasks in SQL Server 2014
  • Monitor and Troubleshoot SQL Server 2014
  • Understand SQL Server 2014 Transactions and Locking

1. Install and Configure a SQL Server 2014 Instance

Overview of SQL Server 2014

Preparing for an Installation (optional)

Installing SQL Server 2014 (optional)

Configuring Instance-Level Settings


2. Configuring and Managing Databases

Creating and Managing Files and Filegroups

Configuring Databases

Managing Log Files


3. Creating and Managing Indexes

SQL Server Index Architecture

Creating and Modifying Indexes

Managing Index Fragmentation

Understanding and Managing Statistics


4. SQL Server 2014 Security

Managing Logins and Server Roles

Managing Users and Database Roles

Assigning and Managing Permissions

Using Schemas


5. 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)


6. Backups and Recovery

Understanding Database Recovery Models

Understanding Backup Types

Backup Options

Backup to URL

Encrypted Backups

Performing Database and Log Backups

Backing Up System Databases

Viewing Backup History

Restoring Database and Log Backups

Restoring System Databases


7. SQL Server Automation

Overview of SQL Server Automation

The SQL Server Agent Service

Configuring Credentials and Proxy Accounts

Implementing Jobs

Implementing Operators and Notifications

Implementing Alerts

Maintenance Plans


8. Monitoring and Troubleshooting SQL Server

Introduction to Monitoring SQL Server

Using DMVs and DMFs

Activity Monitor

Performance Monitor

SQL Server Profiler

Introduction to Extended Events

Diagnosing Common Issues


9. Transactions and Locking

Understanding Transactions

Understanding SQL Server Lock Management

Diagnosing Concurrency Issues

Prices below are for scheduled courses held in our Edinburgh Training Centre. Major discounts available for onsite or private courses: click General Enquiry button below to enquire about private courses.
Group discount
1 place £ 2250 n/a
2 places £ 2700 n/a
3 places £ 6750 £ 3150
4 places £ 9000 £ 3600
5 places £ 11250 £ 4050
6 places £ 13500 £ 4500
7 places £ 15750 £ 4950
8 places £ 18000 £ 5400