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MS-50401 - Designing and Optimizing Database Solutions with SQL 2008

This five-day instructor-led course provides the knowledge and skills that IT Professionals need to design, optimize, and maintain SQL Server 2008 database.

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Before attending this 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.
  • Have a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 credential - or equivalent experience.

Detailed Class Syllabus

Module 1: Designing a Conceptual Database Model

Overview of Database Design
Gathering Database Requirements
Creating a Conceptual Database Design
Overview of Entity Framework

Module 2: Designing a Logical Database Model

Guidelines for Building a Logical Database Model
Planning for OLTP Activity
Evaluating Logical Models

Module 3: Designing a Physical Database Model

Selecting Data Types
Designing Database Tables
Designing Data Integrity

Module 4: Designing Databases for Optimal Performance

Guidelines for Designing Indexes
Designing a Partitioning Strategy
Designing a Plan Guide
Designing Scalable Databases

Module 5: Designing Security for SQL Server 2008

Exploring Security in SQL Server 2008
Implementing Identity and Access Control
Guidelines for Secure Development in SQL Server 2008
Guidelines for Secure Deployment of SQL Server 2008
Guidelines for Secure Operations

Module 6: Designing a Strategy for Database Access

Guidelines for Designing Secure Data Access
Designing Views
Designing Stored Procedures
Designing User-Defined Functions

Module 7: Designing Queries for Optimal Performance

Considerations for Optimizing Queries for Performance
Refactoring Cursors into Queries
Extending Set-Based Operations

Module 8: Designing a Transaction and Concurrency Strategy

Guidelines for Defining Transactions
Defining Isolation Levels
Guidelines for Designing a Resilient Transaction Strategy

Module 9: Designing an XML Strategy

Designing XML Storage
Designing an XML Query Strategy
Designing a Data Conversion Strategy

Module 10: Designing SQL Server 2008 Components

Overview of SQL Server 2008 Components
Designing a Service Broker Architecture
Designing the Service Broker Data Flow
Designing the Service Broker Availability
Exploring Full-Text Search
Designing a Full-Text Search Strategy