Microsoft - MCTS SQL Server 2008 Implementation and Maintenance



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26/6/2023 (Monday)


SQL Server 2008 delivers on Microsoft’s Data Platform vision by helping your organisation manage any data, any place, any time. Your data can be stored and accessed in your largest servers within the data centre all the way down to desktops and mobile devices, enabling you to have control over your data no matter where it is stored.

SQL Server 2008 delivers a trusted, productive, and intelligent data platform for all your data needs.

During this 4-day Accelerated Learning course, students will learn how to install and configure SQL Server 2008, how to maintain instances, manage security, maintain a database and perform data management tasks. They will also learn how to monitor and troubleshoot SQL Server, optimise performance and implement high availability.

This blended-learning program employs outcome-based (Lecture | Lab | Review) delivery - that focuses on preparing you with the real-world skills required to obtain your certification and to hit the ground running in your career. Our Trainers are among the most senior consultants in the industry, affording each Firebrand Training student the benefit of many years of real-world development expertise - while being able to effectively translate complex technical theory into easily understood terms.

Four reasons why you should sit your SQL Server course with Firebrand Training

  1. You'll be SQL Server trained and certified faster. Learn more on this 4-day accelerated course. You'll get at least 12 hours a day of quality learning time in a distraction-free environment
  2. Your SQL Server course is all-inclusive. One simple price covers all course materials, exams, accommodation and meals – so you can focus on learning
  3. Pass SQL Server first time or train again for free. Your expert instructor will deliver our unique accelerated learning methods, allowing you to learn faster and be in the best possible position to pass first time. In the unlikely event that you don't, it's covered by your Certification Guarantee
  4. Study SQL Server with an award-winning training provider. We've won the Learning and Performance Institute's "Training Company of the Year" three times. Firebrand is your fastest way to learn, with 134.561 students saving more than one million hours since 2001


Firebrand Training provides thorough instructor-led training to ensure that you learn the fundamentals and obtain hands-on skills. You will emerge able to immediately apply your new knowledge in your career environment.

Course Content

Module 1: Installing and Configuring SQL Server

  • The students will be introduced to planning for a SQL Server installation. The students will then be introduced to installing, configuring, and managing SQL Server.
  • Lessons
  • Preparing to Install SQL Server
  • Installing SQL Server
  • Configuring a SQL Server Installation
  • Lab : Installing and Configuring SQL Server
  • Installing SQL Server
  • Configuring SQL Server
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Explain how to prepare the hardware and other resources necessary to install SQL Server.
  • Install SQL Server.
  • Manage and configure SQL Server.

Module 2: Managing Databases and Files

  • The students will be introduced to database planning and creation, and using database options to control database behavior.
  • Lessons
  • Planning Databases
  • Creating Databases
  • Using Policy-Based Management
  • Lab : Managing Databases and Files
  • Creating a Database
  • Monitoring and Managing Filegroup Usage
  • Creating a Policy
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Plan a database implementation that meets an organization's requirements.
  • Create a SQL Server database.
  • Manage a SQL Server database.

Module 3: Disaster Recovery

  • The students will be introduced to disaster recovery techniques for SQL Server. They will learn how to perform different types of backup and restore operations, including online restores and backup and restores of system databases.
  • Lessons
  • Planning a Database Backup Strategy
  • Backing Up a User Database
  • Restoring User Databases
  • Performing Online Restore Operations
  • Recovering Data from Database Snapshots
  • System Databases and Disaster Recovery
  • Lab : Disaster Recovery
  • Implementing a Backup Strategy
  • Restoring and Recovering a Database
  • Performing Piecemeal Backup and Restore Operations
  • Restoring the Master Database
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Plan a backup strategy for a database.
  • Back up user databases.
  • Restore user databases from backups.
  • Restore data in a user database while it is online.
  • Recover data for a user database from a database snapshot.
  • Restore and recover system databases.

Module 4: Managing Security

  • The students will be introduced to protecting SQL Server. Students will learn about the SQL Server security model and how to use SQL Server security features to control access to databases and their contents.
  • Lessons
  • Overview of SQL Server Security
  • Protecting the Server Scope
  • Protecting the Database Scope
  • Managing Keys and Certificates
  • Auditing Security
  • Lab : Managing Security
  • Creating Logins and Assigning Server-Scope Permissions
  • Creating Database Users and Assigning Database-Scope and Schema-Scope Permissions
  • Encrypting Data Using Certificates and Keys
  • Implementing SQL Server Audit
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe how SQL Server manages security.
  • Protect SQL Server at the server level.
  • Protect SQL Server databases.
  • Use keys and certificates to protect SQL Server objects.
  • Audit SQL Server security.

Module 5: Transferring Data

  • The students will be introduced to transfer data to and from SQL Server using UI and command-line tools, and learn about transferring and transforming data with SQL Server Integration Services.
  • Lessons
  • Overview of Data Transfer
  • Introduction to SQL Server Integration Services
  • Lab : Transferring Data
  • Using the Import/Export Wizard
  • Performing a Bulk Load
  • Creating an SSIS Solution
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Use UI and command-line tools to import and export data.
  • Describe the features of SQL Server Integration Services.

Module 6: Automating Administrative Tasks

  • The students will learn how to automate routine administrative tasks using jobs, operators, and alerts.
  • Lessons
  • Automating Administrative Tasks in SQL Server
  • Using SQL Server Agent
  • Creating Maintenance Plans
  • Implementing Alerts
  • Managing Multiple Servers
  • Managing SQL Server Agent Security
  • Lab : Automating Administrative Tasks
  • Configuring SQL Server Agent
  • Creating Operators and Jobs
  • Creating Alerts
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Define SQL Server administrative tasks and schedule those tasks to run automatically.
  • Configure SQL Server Agent to support automatic task scheduling.
  • Script tasks by using SQL Server jobs, and define operators for managing those jobs.
  • Define alerts to warn operators about events raised by SQL Server.
  • Define and manage administrative tasks that span multiple servers.
  • Configure SQL Server Agent security.

Module 7: Implementing Replication

  • The students will be introduced to techniques for configuring SQL Server replication.
  • Lessons
  • Overview of Replication
  • Managing Publications and Subscriptions
  • Configuring Replication in Some Common Scenarios
  • Lab : Implementing Replication
  • Implementing Snapshot Replication
  • Implementing Peer-to-Peer Transactional Replication
  • Implementing HTTP Merge Replication
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe replication and its components.
  • Configure and implement replication.
  • Use replication to meet the requirements of some common scenarios.

Module 8: Maintaining High Availability

  • The students will be introduced to concepts and methods for maintaining high availability with SQL Server.
  • Lessons
  • Introduction to High Availability
  • Implementing Log Shipping
  • Implementing Database Mirroring
  • Implementing Server Clustering
  • Using Distributed High Availability Solutions
  • Lab : Maintaining High Availability
  • Configuring Log Shipping
  • Configuring Database Mirroring
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Describe the factors affecting database availability.
  • Describe how to implement log shipping to support fast recovery of a standby SQL Server database.
  • Describe how to use SQL Server mirroring to implement a software solution for fast failover.
  • Explain how to implement clustering to support fast failover of computers running SQL Server instances.
  • Describe how to implement distributed high availability solutions.

Module 9: Monitoring SQL Server

  • The students will be introduced to monitoring SQL Server performance and activity.
  • Lessons
  • Viewing Current Activity
  • Using SQL Server Profiler
  • Monitoring with DDL Triggers
  • Using Event Notifications
  • Lab : Monitoring SQL Server
  • Monitoring SQL Server Activity
  • Tracing SQL Server Activity
  • Using DDL Triggers
  • Using Event Notifications
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Examine the current activity in a SQL Server instance.
  • Use SQL Server Profiler to trace server and database activity.
  • Use DDL triggers to monitor changes to the structure of database objects.
  • Use event notifications to capture and monitor significant events for a SQL Server instance.

Module 10: Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning

  • The students will learn how to troubleshoot a variety of common SQL Server problems. Students will also learn how to tune SQL Server for improved performance using a variety of tools.
  • Lessons
  • Troubleshooting SQL Server
  • Performance Tuning in SQL Server
  • Using Resource Governor
  • Using Data Collector
  • Lab : Troubleshooting and Performance Tuning
  • Troubleshooting Connectivity Problems
  • Troubleshooting Concurrency Problems
  • Using the Database Engine Tuning Advisor
  • Implementing Resource Governor
  • Implementing Data Collector
  • After completing this module, students will be able to:
  • Troubleshoot common SQL Server problems, such as connectivity, concurrency, and job and disk space problems.
  • Perform basic performance tuning tasks in SQL Server using the Database Engine Tuning Advisor, index tuning, and query tuning.
  • Use Resource Governor to manage SQL Server workloads and resources.
  • Use Data Collector to obtain performance data about your computer and the instances of SQL Server running on your computer.
  • Exam 70 432

Exam Track

This course will prepare students for, and test them in the following Microsoft exam:

Exam 70-432: MCTS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance

What's Included

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


Students are required to 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.
  • Core Windows Server skills.
  • Database design skills.

Are you ready to get certified in record time?

We interview all applicants for the course on their technical background, degrees and certifications held, and general suitability. If you get through this screening process, it means you stand a great chance of passing.

Firebrand Training is an immersive training environment. You must be committed to the course. The above prerequisites are guidelines, but many students with less experience have other background or traits that have enabled their success in accelerated training through Firebrand Training.

If you have any doubts as to whether you meet the pre-requisites please call 21 96 61 82 and speak to one of our enrolment consultants, who can help you with a training plan.


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