MCSA: SQL Server Solutions Associate


Course Name Exam Hours
Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 70-461 40
Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases 70-462 40
Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 70-463 40
Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012

About this Course

This 5-day 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.

Audience Profile

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.

Course objectives

  • 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

Prerequisites

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

  • Module 1: Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Module 2: Introduction to T-SQL Querying
  • Module 3: Writing SELECT Queries
  • Module 4: Querying Multiple Tables
  • Module 5: Sorting and Filtering Data
  • Module 6: Working with SQL Server 2014 Data Types
  • Module 7: Using DML to Modify Data
  • Module 8: Using Built-In Functions
  • Module 9: Grouping and Aggregating Data
  • Module 10: Using Subqueries
  • Module 11: Using Table Expressions
  • Module 12: Using Set Operators
  • Module 13: Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions
  • Module 14: Pivoting and Grouping Sets
  • Module 15: Executing Stored Procedures
  • Module 16: Programming with T-SQL
  • Module 17: Implementing Error Handling
  • Module 18: Implementing Transactions
  • Module 19: Improving Query Performance
  • Module 20: Querying SQL Server Metadata
Administering Microsoft SQL Server Databases

About this Course

This five-day 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.

Audience Profile

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.

Course objectives

  • 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.

Prerequisites

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

  • Module 1: Introduction to SQL Server 2014 Database Administration
  • Module 2: Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2014
  • Module 3: Working with Databases and Storage
  • Module 4: Planning and Implementing a Backup Strategy
  • Module 5: Restoring SQL Server 2014 Databases
  • Module 6: Importing and Exporting Data
  • Module 7: Monitoring SQL Server 2014
  • Module 8: Tracing SQL Server Activity
  • Module 9: Managing SQL Server Security
  • Module 10: Auditing Data Access and Encrypting Data
  • Module 11: Performing Ongoing Database Maintenance
  • Module 12: Automating SQL Server 2014 Management
  • Module 13: Monitoring SQL Server 2014 by Using Alerts and Notifications
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.

Audience Profile

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.

Course objectives

  • 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.

Prerequisites

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

  • Module 1: Introduction to Data Warehousing
  • Module 2: Planning Data Warehouse Infrastructure
  • Module 3: Designing and Implementing a Data Warehouse
  • Module 4: Creating an ETL Solution with SSIS
  • Module 5: Implementing Control Flow in an SSIS Package
  • Module 6: Debugging and Troubleshooting SSIS Packages
  • Module 7: Implementing a Data Extraction Solution
  • Module 8: Loading Data into a Data Warehouse
  • Module 9: Enforcing Data Quality
  • Module 10: Master Data Services
  • Module 11: Extending SQL Server Integration Services
  • Module 12: Deploying and Configuring SSIS Packages
  • Module 13: Consuming Data in a Data Warehouse