Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server

Code: 70-465

Exam 70-465 - Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server

Skills measured

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. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

Starting April 24, 2014, the questions on this exam includecontent covering SQL Server 2014.

Prerequisties:

Microsoft Training20465 - Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Design a database structure (20-30%)

  • Design for business requirements
    • Business to data translations, identify which SQL Server components to use to support business requirements, design a normalization area, de-normalize technically (versus by remodeling) by using SQL Server features (materialization via indexed views and more)
  • Design physical database and object placement
    • Design a physical database, including file placement, FILESTREAM, FILETABLE, file groups, and RAID; configure system database settings
  • Design a table and index partitioning strategy
    • Develop the optimal strategy for indexing, archive using partitions and tables, design columnstore indexes, design XML indexes
  • Design a migration, consolidation, and upgrade strategy
    • Upgrade with minimal downtime; design a cross-cluster migration; plan a database deployment, including Windows PowerShell, Server Core, and contained databases; migrate to SQL Database; migrate query plans; design a migration strategy using Distributed Replay Controller; design a SQL Server virtualization strategy
  • Design SQL Server instances
    • Identify hardware for new instances; design CPU affinity; design clustered instances using Microsoft Distributed Transaction Control (MSDTC); define instance memory allocation; design installation strategies, including sysprep, slipstream, and SMB file server; define cross db ownership chaining
  • Design backup and recovery
    • Design a backup strategy based on business needs, including differential, file, log, striped, and Microsoft Azure Blob Storage Service; design a database snapshot strategy; design appropriate recovery models; design a system database backup strategy; recover Tail-Log backups

Preparation resources

  • Create indexed views
  • Move user databases
  • Partitioned tables and indexes

Design databases and database objects (30-35%)

  • Design a database model
    • Design a logical schema; design a data access and data layer architecture; design a database schema; design a security architecture; design a cross-server instance database model, including linked servers, security, providers, distributed transactions, distributed partitioned views, and Service Broker
  • Design tables
    • Design tables appropriately, including physical tables, temp tables, temp table variables, common table expressions, commonstore indexes, user defined table types, FILESTREAM, FILETABLE, and In-Memory OLTP; design views and table valued functions; design a compression strategy, including row and page; select an appropriate data type; design computed columns
  • Design for concurrency
    • Develop a strategy to maximize concurrency; define a locking and concurrency strategy; design a transaction isolation strategy, including server database and session; design triggers for concurrency
  • Design T-SQL stored procedures
    • Create stored procedures; design a data access strategy using stored procedures; design appropriate stored procedure parameters, including input, output, and Table Valued; design error handling; design an In-Memory OLTP strategy for stored procedures
  • Design a management automation strategy
    • Create a data archiving solution; design automation and auditing, including jobs, alerts, operators, SSIS, CDC, auditing, DDL triggers, and Windows PowerShell; automate across multiple databases and instances; design data batch processing: design a database load test; deploy to different environments, including development, staging, and production
  • Design for transactions
    • Manage transactions, including time, savepoint, and mark; design for implicit and explicit transactions; ensure data integrity by using transactions; design error handling for transactions, including TRY, CATCH, and THROW

Preparation resources

  • SCOPE_IDENTITY
  • ALTER DATABASE SET options (Transact-SQL)
  • In-Memory OLTP (In-Memory Optimization)

Design database security (15-20%)

  • Design an application strategy to support security
    • Design security, including security roles, signed stored procedures, encryption, contained logins, EXECUTE AS, and credentials; implement schemas and schema security; design security maintenance, including SQL logins, integrated authentication, permissions, and mirroring
  • Design database, schema, and object security permissions
    • Design a database schema that meets security requirements, schema ownership, ownership chaining, cross database chaining
  • Design instance-level security configurations
    • Implement separation of duties using different login roles; choose an authentication type, including logon triggers, regulatory requirements, and certificates; implement data encryption, including database master key and configuration; implement Data Description Language (DDL) triggers; define a secure service account

Preparation resources

  • Tutorial: Signing stored procedures with a certificate
  • cross db ownership chaining server configuration option
  • DDL triggers

Design a troubleshooting and optimization solution (20-25%)

  • Design a maintenance strategy for database servers
    • Design maintenance plans; design index maintenance, including rebuild, defragmentation, statistics, online rebuilds, offline rebuilds, and thresholds; maintain physical and logical consistency (DBCC); manage database files, including LDF, MDF, In-Memory OLTP, and garbage collection; define a retention policy
  • Troubleshoot and resolve concurrency issues
    • Examine deadlocking issues using SQL Server logs and trace flags; design a reporting database infrastructure, including replicated databases; monitor concurrency, including Dynamic Management Views (DMV); diagnose blocking, including live locking and deadlocking; diagnose waits; use Extended Events; implement query hints to increase concurrency
  • Design and implement a high availability solution
    • Configure failover clustering, including multi-subnet; design readable mirrors; create a highly available configuration with low recovery time; design and ensure uptime requirements, including monitoring and patching; design and implement a database mirroring architecture; design and implement a replication architecture; implement a mirroring solution, including AlwaysOn and Availability Groups; design geographical fault-tolerance using Microsoft Azure SQL Database
  • Design a solution to monitor performance and concurrency
    • Identify performance monitor counters; monitor for performance and bottlenecks, including Wait Stats; design a query monitoring and review strategy; monitor for missing statistics
  • Design a monitoring solution at the instance level
    • Design auditing strategies, including Extended Events, Event traces, SQL Audit, Profiler-scheduled or event-based maintenance, Performance Monitor, and DMV usage; set up file and table growth monitoring; collect performance indicators and counters; create jobs to monitor server health; audit using Windows Logs

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