PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008
About this Exam
This exam is targeted at the professional level SQL Server 2008 Database Administrator. It tests your ability to make appropriate design and technology choice considerations for your SQL Server 2008 installations.
Candidates for this exam work in an environment in which Microsoft SQL Server 2008 is used for database solutions. Candidates should have at least three years of experience administering databases in an enterprise-level organization and designing, deploying, optimizing, maintaining, and supporting database service life cycle. Candidates should also have experience with the following:
* Defining high-availability solutions
* Data distribution
* Automating administrative tasks (for example, checking db stats, backups)
* Maintaining administrative tasks (for example, determining index rebuild time, file groups for backup)
* Defining security solutions
* Monitoring and troubleshooting the database server
* Performance optimization (for example, physical tuning, including hardware, operating system, instance-level tuning), PerfMon
* Designing and executing deployments
* Deployments and migration
* Defining the infrastructure (for example, storage, hardware, and number of servers or instances)
Credit Toward Certification
Exam 70-450: PRO: Designing, Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administrative Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Database Administrator 2008
This Training Will Cover
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.
Designing a SQL Server Instance and a Database Solution (14 percent)
* Design for CPU, memory, and storage capacity requirements.
* This objective may include but is not limited to: RAID, calculating table size, IO throughput, transaction per second, data compression, non-uniform memory access (NUMA), tempdb capacity
Design SQL Server instances.
* This objective may include but is not limited to: instance configuration, surface area configuration, CPU affinity, memory allocation, max degree of parallelism (MAXDOP), collation
* Design physical database and object placement.
* This objective may include but is not limited to: heap and index placement, filestream, data and log files, filegroups, partition placement, large object placement, full text catalog
Design a migration, consolidation, and upgrade strategy.
* This objective may include but is not limited to: multi-instance considerations, SQL Server version upgrade, instance and database collation, server-level and instance-level objects, service pack application
Designing a Database Server Security Solution (15 percent)
Design instance authentication
* This objective may include but is not limited to: choosing authentication type, logon triggers, regulatory requirements
Design instance-level security configurations
* This objective may include but is not limited to: Windowsservice accounts, filestream, proxy, credentials, instance-level permissions, certificate and key management, endpoint security, using SSL certificates, TCP ports
Design database, schema, and object security paramaters
* This objective may include but is not limited to: users, roles, certificate and key management, Service broker, Common Language Runtime (CLR), ownership chains
Design a security policy and an audit plan
* This objective may include but is not limited to: Policy-Based Management Framework, security functions, sp_helprotect, catalog views, extended events, notifications
Design an encryption strategy
* This objective may include but is not limited to: Transparent Data Encryption, encrypting protected data, certificate and key management, filestream
Designing a Database Solution for High Availability (15 percent)
Design a failover clustering solution
* This objective may include but is not limited to: cluster resource group, cluster setup considerations, number of nodes, service accounts
Design database mirroring
* This objective may include but is not limited to: whether to use a witness server, Windows Server considerations, suspend vs. stop, automatic or manual failover, automatic page repair, database snapshots for reporting, managing instance-level objects
Design a high-availability solution that is based on replication
* This objective may include but is not limited to: different replication types, topologies, recover from replication failure, synchronization, health monitoring
Design a high-availability solution that is based on log shipping
* This objective may include but is not limited to: manage instance-level objects, changing roles, reporting secondary instance for reporting, monitor server, reinitializing, consistency check on secondary instance
Select high-availability technologies based on business requirements
* This objective may include but is not limited to: failover clustering, database mirroring, log shipping, replication
Designing a Backup and Recovery Solution (20 percent)
Design a backup strategy
* This objective may include but is not limited to: recovery model, compression, choosing backup types, scheduling, backup media, file and filegroups backup, verifying backups, key management, mirrored backups, cluster considerations
Design a recovery strategy
* This objective may include but is not limited to: page, file, filegroup, partial and online restores, orphan users, instance rebuild, encryption considerations, handling media failures, transaction logs, point in time and mark recovery, filestreams
Design a recovery test plan
* This objective may include but is not limited to: log shipping, replication, hardware considerations, scheduling a database restore test, handling high availability failures
Designing a Monitoring Strategy (13 percent)
Design a monitoring solution at the operating system level
* This objective may include but is not limited to: system monitor counters, event logs, dynamic management views and functions, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), remote monitoring, analyze results
Design a monitoring solution at the instance level
* This objective may include but is not limited to: instance, database and object monitoring, data collection, event notifications, dynamic management objects, analyze results
Design a solution to monitor performance and concurrency
* This objective may include but is not limited to: Dedicated Administrator Connection (DAC), locking, blocking, deadlocks, dynamic management objects, index utilization, tracing, analyze
Designing a Strategy to Maintain and Manage Databases (14 percent)
Design a maintenance strategy for database servers
* This objective may include but is not limited to: rebuild for page-level compression, index and heap maintenance, partition management, statistics
Design a solution to govern resources
* This objective may include but is not limited to: Resource Governor (CPU, memory, number of requests per second; resource pools, resource groups), query governor
Design policies by using Policy-Based Management
* This objective may include but is not limited to: designing policies and conditions
Design a data compression strategy
* This objective may include but is not limited to: row vs. page level, update frequency, compression ratio, compressing partitions, specific indexes
Design a management automation strategy
* This objective may include but is not limited to: SQL Server PowerShell, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), SQL Server Agent, event notifications, DDL triggers
Designing a Strategy for Data Distribution (9 percent)
Administer SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages
* This objective may include but is not limited to: design security for accessing packages, troubleshoot and restart package, schedule package execution, deploy packages to same or different instances
Design a strategy to use linked servers
* This objective may include but is not limited to: security, providers, distributed transactions
Design a replication strategy for data distribution
* This objective may include but is not limited to: selecting replication types, conflict resolution, health monitoring, horizontal and vertical partitioning
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