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Implementing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 on NetApp Storage Systems

  • Tuition USD $2,700
  • Reviews star_rate star_rate star_rate star_rate star_half 4731 Ratings
  • Course Code NA-MSSQL
  • Duration 3 days
  • Available Formats Classroom

Learn to implement Microsoft SQL Server 2012 on clustered Data ONTAP storage. This solution-based course focuses on Windows Server Failover Clustering, Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups, SnapDrive for Windows, and SnapManager for SQL Server. In this course, you will learn how to size and prepare clustered Data ONTAP storage virtual machines (also known as Vservers), install and configure SnapDrive for Windows, install and initialize SnapManager for SQL Server, move SQL databases to NetApp storage, backup and restore SQL databases, create Availability Groups, and troubleshoot common misconfigurations. By the end of this course, you will be able to confidently implement SQL Server 2012 on clustered Data ONTAP storage.

Skills Gained

  • By the end of this course, you should be able to:
  • Describe the features of Windows Server 2012, Microsoft SQL Server 2012, and the clustered Data ONTAP operating system
  • Create and manage clustered Data ONTAP storage virtual machines (SVMs), create and manage logical interfaces (LIFs), data LIFs, and FlexVol volumes
  • Enable, configure, and manage a Windows Server 2012 failover cluster
  • Install and configure SnapDrive for Windows 2012, establish iSCSI sessions, and create LUNs
  • Install and configure SnapManager for SQL Server, migrate, back up, restore, and clone SQL Server databases
  • Implement the SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups feature on clustered Data ONTAP

Who Can Benefit

  • This training is for those who design and deploy NetApp storage systems in a Microsoft SQL Server environment.


  • The following pre-requisites or equivalent knowledge are required for this course:
  • Data ONTAP 7-Mode Administration (D7ADM)
  • NetApp Data Protection Software Administration (NPSA8)
  • Knowledge of SQL Server backup and restore concepts

Course Details

Implementing Microsoft SQL Server 2012 on NetApp Storage Systems

  • Module 1 Features of Microsoft SQL Server 2012 on Clustered Data ONTAP
  • Describe features of Windows Server 2012
  • Describe features of SQL Server 2012
  • Describe the features and purposes of implementing SQL Server 2012 on clustered Data ONTAP storage
  • Describe the things-to-do list and management tools to use for implementing SQL Server on the clustered Data ONTAP operating system
  • Module 2 Sizing and Preparing Clustered Data ONTAP Storage
  • Size storage requirements based on the fundamentals of SQL Server database infrastructure
  • List the sizing and layout guidelines for SQL Server databases, transaction logs, and SnapInfo directories
  • Create NetApp storage virtual machines (SVMs) for primary and secondary storage
  • Create volumes for the SQL Server databases, transaction logs, and SnapInfo directories
  • Module 3 Implementing Windows Server Failover Clustering
  • Create a failover cluster
  • Manage failover cluster resources
  • Module 4 Implementing SnapDrive for Windows and SnapManager for SQL Server
  • Describe NetApp SnapDrive software as a component of the SnapManager for SQL Server (SMSQL) solution
  • Install SnapDrive for Windows
  • Install SnapManager for SQL Server
  • Configure Transport Protocol Settings
  • Configure iSCSI sessions
  • Use SnapDrive on a Windows host to create and connect to LUNs on the storage system
  • Module 5 Implementing Availability Groups with SnapManager for SQL Server
  • Enable the AlwaysOn Availability Groups feature
  • Use SnapManager for SQL Server (SMSQL) to move databases
  • Use SMSQL to back up databases
  • Use the New Availability Groups Wizard to create availability groups and join secondary replica SQL Server instances
  • Module 6 Cloning SQL Server Databases with SnapManager for SQL Server
  • Describe database cloning
  • Clone backup sets
  • Clone a production database
  • Clone a database on a SnapMirror destination volume
  • Delete a cloned database
  • Lab Exercises
  • Lab 1-1 Explore Windows Server 2012 and OnCommand System Manager
  • Lab 1-2 Exploring Windows Server Failover Clustering services
  • Lab 1-3 Explore SQL Server 2012, AdventureWorks, and the AlwaysOn Availability Groups feature
  • Lab 1-4 Explore PowerShell and PowerShell scripts
  • Lab 2-1 Determine the space requirements of the SQL1 System and user databases
  • Lab 2-2 Calculate space requirements and volume layout
  • Lab 2-3 Create a data Vserver for cluster1
  • Lab 2-4 Repeat task 3 to create a data Vserver for cluster2
  • Lab 2-5 Create FlexVol volumes for primary and secondary database storage
  • Lab 2-6 Create FlexVol volumes for secondary storage
  • Lab 2-7 Create a CIFS share
  • Lab 3-1 Use Server Manager to install Windows Server Failover Clustering
  • Lab 3-2 Use a PowerShell script to install Windows Server Failover Clustering
  • Lab 3-3 Use Failover Cluster Manager to create a Failover Cluster
  • Lab 3-4 Use Failover Cluster Manager to add nodes to a Failover Cluster
  • Lab 4-1 Create a SnapDrive service account
  • Lab 4-2 (optional)Verify that Windows Server 2012 System prerequisites were met
  • Lab 4-3 Install SnapDrive for Windows on the SQL Server host
  • Lab 4-4 Install SMSQL
  • Lab 4-5 Set up connectivity between SnapDrive and storage virtual machines
  • Lab 4-6 Establish iSCSI sessions with iSCSI Software Initiator
  • Lab 4-7 Establish iSCSI sessions with the SnapDrive iSCSI management tool
  • Lab 4-8 Use SnapDrive for Windows to create disks on SQL1
  • Lab 4-9 Use SnapDrive for Windows to create disks on SQL2
  • Lab 4-10 Use SnapDrive for Windows to create disks on SQL3
  • Lab 5-1 Enable the AlwaysOne Availability Groups feature
  • Lab 5-2 Move SQL Server database files to NetApp storage
  • Lab 5-3 Back up the AdventureWorks database with SMSQL (including troubleshooting)
  • Lab 5-4 Restore the database (including troubleshooting)
  • Lab 5-5 Create an AlwaysOn availability group
  • Lab 6-1 Clone a database from a backup set
  • Lab 6-2 Clone active production databases

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