Designing Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Course Details
Code: 20465
Tuition (USD): $2,195.00 $1,975.50 • Virtual (3 days)
$2,195.00 $1,975.50 • Classroom (3 days)

This course describes how to design and monitor high performance, highly available enterprise data solutions with SQL Server 2014. This course focuses on database server infrastructure scenarios, including private, public, and hybrid cloud solutions and high availability techniques. Microsoft Azure is required or used as part of the lab for this course, which may not be available in all countries. Please check with your Microsoft training provider that this cloud service is available in your area. Training Providers please reference the course setup guide for more details.

Skills Gained

Aftercompleting this course, students will be able to:

  • Assessan existing enterprise environment.
  • Planand implement Policy-Based Management.
  • Describethe considerations for consolidating workloads with SQL Server 2014.
  • Describeconsiderations for including SQL Server 2014 in a private cloud.

Who Can Benefit

This course is intended for database professionals who needwho plan, implement, and manage database solutions. Primary responsibilitiesinclude:

  • Planningand implementing database infrastructure.
  • Planningand implementing consolidation strategies. 
  • Planningand implementing high availability solutions.
  • Planningand implementing disaster recovery solutions.


Thiscourse requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • At least 2 yearsexperience of working with relational databases, including:
  • Planning andimplementing databases
  • Managing databases
  • Querying withTransact-SQL
  • Some basicknowledge of high availability and disaster recovery

Course Details


Module 1: Introduction to Enterprise Data ArchitectureAs organizations grow to enterprise scale, their IT infrastructure requirements become more complex and the network environment often includes an increasing number of servers, client computers, network segments, and other components. Because data is fundamental to most IT operations, careful thought must be given to the provisioning and management of databases across the enterprise.

  • Considerations for Enterprise Data
  • Assessing an Existing Infrastructure
Lab : Assessing an Existing Enterprise Data InfrastructureAftercompleting this module, you will be able to:
  • Describethe considerations for enterprise data infrastructure.
  • Usethe MAP Toolkit to assess an existing enterprise data environment.
Module 2: Multi-Server Configuration ManagementWhen an enterprise infrastructure includes multiple database servers, it can be useful to standardize and enforce configuration settings in order to ensure compliance and manageability. This module discusses Policy-Based Management in SQL Server, and describes how it can be used together with enterprise configuration management tools such as Microsoft System Center to aid enterprise database server management.
  • Policy-Based Management
  • Microsoft System Center
Lab : Planning and Implementing Policy-Based ManagementAfter completing this module, you will beable to:
  • Implement Policy-Based Management
  • Describe how System Center can be used to manage databaseinfrastructure
Module 3: Monitoring SQL Server 2014 HealthThis module describes Data Collector and the SQL Server Utility Control Point (UCP), two features of SQL Server 2014 that enable you to perform in-depth health monitoring across the enterprise.
  • Introduction to Health Monitoring
  • Data Collector
  • SQL Server Utility
Lab : Monitoring SQL Server HealthAftercompleting this module, you will be able to:
  • Describe theoptions for multi-server health monitoring in SQL Server 2014.
  • Describe andconfigure Data Collector.
  • Describe andconfigure SQL Server Utility.
Module 4: Consolidating Database Workloads with SQL Server 2014This module provides an overview of the benefits of consolidating database workloads by using SQL Server 2014, and describes the different options for implementing a consolidation strategy. It also describes how you can manage a consolidated infrastructure in various scenarios.
  • Considerations for Database Server Consolidation
  • Managing Resources in a Consolidated Database Infrastructure
Lab : SQL Server ConsolidationAfter completing thismodule, you will be able to:
  • Describe theconsiderations for consolidating databases and database servers.
  • Explain theoptions for managing resources in various consolidation scenarios.
Module 5: Introduction to Cloud Data SolutionsCloud computing has risen to prominence very rapidly within the world of IT, and many organizations have implemented or are planning to implement cloud-based solutions that encompass all or part of their infrastructure. This module describes some of the fundamental concepts of cloud computing and outlines how to include SQL Server 2014 in a private cloud infrastructure.
  • Overview of Cloud Computing
  • SQL Server in a Private Cloud
Lab : Preparing a SQL Server Installation in a Virtual Machine TemplateAftercompleting this module, you will be able to:
  • Explain thefundamental concepts behind cloud computing, and describe the technologies thatunderpin Microsoft cloud solutions.
  • Describe how toprovide SQL Server based data services in a private cloud infrastructure.
Module 6: Introduction to High Availability in SQL Server 2014Maintaining highly available database services is vital in a 24 hour operating environment. SQL Server 2014 includes many features that can help organizations to deliver the levels of service they require to drive their businesses. This module explains the different ways that you can implement high availability by using SQL Server 2014. It also describes how to use log shipping to promote resilience for individual user databases.
  • High Availability Concepts and Options in SQL Server 2014
  • Log Shipping
Lab : Using Log ShippingAfter completing this module, you will beable to:
  • Describe the coreconcepts and options for implementing high availability in SQL Server 2014.
  • Describe how toimplement high availability for individual databases by using log shipping.
Module 7: Clustering with Windows Server and SQL Server 2014SQL Server 2014 is closely integrated with the Windows Server Failover Clustering feature in Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2012 R2, enabling you to create enterprise-class clustering solutions that can deliver comprehensive high availability and disaster recovery solutions. This module explains how Windows Server Failover Clustering and SQL Server AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances work, and describes how to implement clustering to protect service availability.
  • Introduction to Windows Server Failover Clustering
  • SQL Server AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances
Lab : Implementing an AlwaysOn Failover Cluster InstanceAfter completing this module, you will beable to:
  • Describe the keybenefits and features of Windows Server Failover Clustering.
  • Describe how touse SQL Server AlwaysOn Failover Cluster Instances to maintain highavailability for SQL Server instances.
Module 8: AlwaysOn Availability GroupsSQL Server 2014 includes AlwaysOn Availability Groups to provide high availability for groups of databases. This module describes AlwaysOn Availability Groups in SQL Server 2014, explains the key concepts of AlwaysOn Availability Groups, and describes how you can use them to maintain highly available databases.
  • Introduction to AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • Working with AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • Considerations for Using AlwaysOn Availability Groups
Lab : Implementing and Testing an AlwaysOn Availability GroupAfter completing this module, you will beable to:
  • Describe thefundamental concepts and terminology for AlwaysOn Availability Groups.
  • Explain how workwith AlwaysOn Availability Groups.
Module 9: Planning High Availability and Disaster RecoveryThis module describes the planning considerations for high availability and disaster recovery, and provides common implementation scenarios for on-premises, hybrid, and Microsoft Azure environments.
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery with SQL Server 2014
  • SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery Solutions
Lab : Planning High Availability and Disaster RecoveryAfter completing this module, you will beable to:
  • Explain theconsiderations for implementing high availability and disaster recovery byusing SQL Server 2014, and describe some common scenarios.
  • Explain theconsiderations for implementing high availability and disaster recovery byusing SQL Server 2014 and Microsoft Azure services, and describe some commonscenarios.
Module 10: Replicating DataSQL Server replication enables you to copy and distribute data and database objects to other computers and locations in your enterprise, which can improve availability and scalability. This module provides an overview of SQL Server replication and explains the agents used to implement replication. It also describes some common replication scenarios, how to design an appropriate replication system for your requirements, and how to monitor and troubleshoot replication.
  • SQL Server Replication
  • Planning Replication
Lab : Planning and Implementing ReplicationAfter completing thismodule, you will be able to:
  • Describe SQLServer replication.
  • Identify anappropriate replication solution for a particular scenario.