You Will Learn How To:

  • Build and manage SQL Server 2008 databases
  • Retrieve and manipulate data with SQL queries
  • Integrate SQL Server with .NET, Microsoft Office and XML
  • Secure and monitor databases with Management Studio
  • Replicate data over multiple servers with merge replication
  • Transform data into strategic information using Business Intelligence processes

Course Benefits

    SQL Server 2008 offers a progressive and powerful way to manage your organization's information. A robust and scalable enterprise solution, SQL Server 2008 extends the features of SQL Server 2005 and improves application development time and cost management. This hands-on course provides a solid foundation on which to build essential SQL Server development and administrative skills, including creating databases, generating Transact-SQL statements, implementing security and replicating data over multiple servers.

Who Should Attend

    Those who are new to Microsoft SQL Server. Familiarity with relational databases is helpful.

Hands-On Training

    Throughout the course, you gain extensive experience with SQL Server 2008. Practical exercises include:
  • Installing SQL Server 2008 R2
  • Creating tables and constraints
  • Manipulating data with SQL
  • Integrating SQL Server with Office
  • Securing access to SQL Server from intruders
  • Backing up databases to prevent disasters with the Maintenance Plan Wizard
  • Replicating data between multiple databases
  • Rendering a report with Reporting Services

Course Content:

Getting Started with SQL Server 2008

Overview of SQL Server architecture

  • Fundamentals of relational databases
  • Client/server model

SQL Server 2008 editions

  • Standard
  • Enterprise
  • Workgroup
  • Express
  • Compact
  • Developer

SQL Server components and tools

  • SQL Server Management Studio
  • Management reports
  • Business Intelligence Development Studio
  • SQL Server Agent
  • Database engine

Constructing the Database

Creating a database

  • Choosing files and directories
  • Allocating file size and growth parameters
  • Implementing database schemas

Designing tables

  • Analyzing various datatypes
  • Defining column attributes
  • Indexing tables with Management Studio
  • Adding, deleting or changing columns

Protecting data with constraints

  • Enforcing uniqueness with primary key constraints
  • Check constraints to validate conditions
  • Building relationships with foreign keys

Server-Side Programming

Data retrieval with Transact-SQL

  • Leveraging Query Designer to construct SQL statements
  • Writing multiple table join queries
  • Aggregating data for business analysis

Modifying data

  • Adding new rows with the INSERT command
  • Changing targeted data with UPDATE
  • Deleting specific rows

Programming constructs

  • Writing stored procedures for performance and productivity
  • Capturing change events with triggers
  • Simplifying data access with user-defined functions

Integrating with Client Applications

Connecting to SQL Server

  • Authenticating with SQL Server and Windows logins
  • Programming client applications

Interacting with Microsoft Office

  • Pulling data from SQL Server into Excel
  • Migrating an Access database to SQL Server

Leveraging XML and .NET features

  • Retrieving data in XML form
  • Utilizing a .NET CLR component

Administering SQL Server 2008

Securing the database infrastructure

  • Controlling access to SQL Server
  • Granting or revoking permissions
  • Defining roles and user memberships

Running the Maintenance Plan Wizard

  • Automating backups by scheduling jobs
  • Checking database integrity and defragmenting data
  • Notifying operators via e-mail

Monitoring SQL Server activity

  • Viewing locks and queries
  • Requesting management reports with Management Studio

Sharing Data through Replication

Defining the replication architecture

  • Snapshot
  • Transactional
  • Merge replication
  • Choosing a replication strategy

Configuring merge replication

  • Distributing published data
  • Subscribing to a publication

Business Intelligence Components

Transforming data with Integration Services

  • Importing and exporting files
  • Moving and denormalizing data into a data warehouse

Producing information with Analysis Services

  • Building multidimensional cubes
  • Predicting trends with data mining

Information delivery with Reporting Services

  • Designing reports quickly with the Report Wizard
  • Deploying reports to a Report Server for centralized access

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