Course description

Learn how to maintain Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or 2014 databases.

In this course, you will learn the skills required to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 or 2014 database by focusing on data storage, backup and restoration, importing and exporting data, security, database maintenance and the SQL Server Agent.

This course incorporates material from the Official Microsoft Learning Product 20462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Databases. It covers the skills and knowledge measured by Exam 70-462 and along with on-the-job experience, helps you prepare for the exam.

Each individual Microsoft Official Course On-Demand includes 3 months (or 12 months with purchase of Microsoft Total Access Collection) of 24x7 access to the following:

What You'll Learn in Class:

Who Needs to Attend:


Follow-On Courses:


This course is part of the following programs or tracks:

Note: To reflect the inclusion of SQL Server 2014 content in exams 461, 462, and 463, Microsoft Learning has rebranded the MCSA certification to MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014. As changes to each individual exam are modest in size and SQL Server 2012 skills remain relevant, all current MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification holders will have their transcripts updated accordingly to reflect the new credential name. Please see for certification details.

Note: Exam 70-462 is an elective exam, which along with Exams 70-410 and 70-411, will fulfill the requirements for the MCSA: Windows Server 2012 certification.

Course Outline:

  1. Introduction to SQL Server 2014 Database Administration

    • Database Administration Overview

    • Introduction to the SQL Server Platform

    • Database Management Tools and Techniques

  2. Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2014

    • Plan SQL Server Installation

    • Install SQL Server 2014 and Post-Installation Configuration

  3. Work with Databases and Storage

    • Introduction to Data Storage with SQL Server

    • Manage Storage for System Databases and User Databases

    • Move Database Files

    • Configure the Buffer Pool Extension

  4. Plan and Implement a Backup Strategy

    • SQL Server Recovery Models

    • Plan a Backup Strategy

    • Backup Databases and Transaction Logs

    • Backup Options and Backup Reliability

  5. Restore SQL Server 2014 Databases

    • Restore Process and Databases Restoration

    • Advanced Restore Scenarios

    • Point-in-Tim Recovery

  6. Import and Export Data

    • Transferring Data

    • Import and Export Table Data

    • Copy or Move a Database

  7. Monitor SQL Server 2014

    • Introduction to Monitoring SQL Server

    • Dynamic Management Views and Functions

    • Performance Monitor

  8. Tracing SQL Server Activity

    • Trace SQL Server Workload Activity and Use Traces

  9. Manage SQL Server Security

    • Introduction to SQL Server Security

    • Manage Server-Level Security and Database-Level Principals

    • Manage Database Permissions

  10. Audit Data Access and Encrypt Data

    • Audit Data Access in SQL Server

    • Implement SQL Server Audit

    • Encrypt Databases

  11. Perform Ongoing Database Maintenance

    • Ensure Database Integrity

    • Maintain Indexes

    • Automate Routine Database Maintenance

  12. Automate SQL Server 2014 Management

    • Implement and Manage SQL Server Agent Jobs

    • Manage Job Step Security Contexts

    • Manage Job on Multiple Servers

  13. Monitor SQL Server 2014 Using Alerts and Notifications

    • Monitor SQL Server Errors

    • Configure Database Mail

    • Configure Operators, Alerts, and Notifications


Lab 1: Use SQL Server Administrative Tools

Lab 2: Install SQL Server 2014

Lab 3: Manage Database Storage

Lab 4: Backup SQL Server Databases

Lab 5: Restore SQL Server Database

Lab 6: Import and Export Data

Lab 7: Monitor SQL Server 2014

Lab 8: Trace SQL Server Workload Activity

Lab 9: Manage SQL Server Security

Lab 10: Audit Data Access and Encrypting Data

Lab 11: Perform Ongoing Database Maintenance

Lab 12: Automate SQL Server Management

Lab 13: Monitor SQL Server Using Alerts and Notifications