MCSA: SQL Server 2012 Boot Camp

This course prepares students to administer Microsoft SQL Server 2012 in an enterprise environment, and for MS SQL certification.

In this accelerated learning environment, you will build your skills and prepare for the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 certification exams. This extended-hours Boot Camp led by senior instructors includes targeted lectures using Microsoft Learning recommended content as well as six months of access to more than 50 hands-on remote labs.

This Boot Camp includes all the exam vouchers required for certification, along with one free retake voucher if needed. It also includes access to our Online Exam Prep Program for 30 days, providing indispensable certification exam prep.

Our exclusive Online Exam Prep Program includes:

24×7 chat support by certified mentors: Direct, on-demand access to live certified experts for customized training support
Access to the online Microsoft Press E-Reference Library, including all Training Kits, Exam References, and Rapid Review books
Recommended Microsoft Reading List designed by our instructors, including topics and chapters within the Microsoft Press E-Reference Library
Recorded “”Power Hours”” for each exam: Online review session covering key exam objectives conducted by our expert instructors
On-demand live remote labs: 24×7 on-demand access for six months so there’s no scheduling required

This course incorporates content from Microsoft Official Courses (MOC):

  • Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (M10774)
  • Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (M10775)
  • Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (M10777)


Course Objectives

  • The technical skills required to write basic Transact-SQL queries for Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • The knowledge and skills to maintain Microsoft SQL Server 2012 databases
  • Create a data warehouse with SQL Server 2012
  • Implement ETL with SQL Server Integration Services
  • Validate and cleanse data with SQL Server Data Quality Services and SQL Server Master Data Services
  • Key topics and concepts addressed on the MCSA: SQL Server 2012 exams

MCSASQL2012 Course Outline

  • Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  1. Introduction to Microsoft SQL Server 2012
    1. Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Basics
    2. Getting Started with SQL Server Management Studio
  2. Getting Started with SQL Azure
    1. Overview
    2. Working with SQL Azure
  3. Introduction to T-SQL Querying
    1. T-SQL
    2. Sets
    3. Predicate Logic
    4. Logical Order of Operations in SELECT Statements
  4. Writing SELECT Queries
    1. Writing Simple SELECT Statements
    2. Eliminating Duplicates with DISTINCT
    3. Using Column and Table Aliases
    4. Writing Simple CASE Expressions
  5. Querying Multiple Tables
    1. Joins
    2. Querying with Inner Joins
    3. Querying with Outer Joins
    4. Querying with Cross Joins and Self Joins
  6. Sorting and Filtering Data
    1. Sorting Data
    2. Filtering Data with a WHERE Clause
    3. Filtering with the TOP and OFFSET-FETCH Options
    4. Working with Unknown and Missing Values
  7. Working with SQL Server 2012 Data Types
    1. SQL Server 2012 Data Types
    2. Working with Character Data
    3. Working with Date and Time Data
  8. Using Built-In Functions
    1. Writing Queries with Built-In Functions
    2. Using Conversion Functions
    3. Using Logical Functions
    4. Using Functions to Work with NULL
  9. Grouping and Aggregating Data
    1. Using Aggregate Functions
    2. Using the GROUP BY Clause
    3. Filtering Groups with HAVING
  10. Using Subqueries
    1. Writing Self-Contained Subqueries
    2. Writing Correlated Subqueries
    3. Using the EXISTS Predicate with Subqueries
  11. Using Table Expressions
    1. Using Derived Tables
    2. Using Common Table Expressions
    3. Using Views
    4. Using Inline Table-Valued Functions
  12. Using Set Operators
    1. Writing Queries with the UNION Operator
    2. Using EXCEPT and INTERSECT
    3. Using APPLY
  13. Using Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions
    1. Creating Windows with OVER
    2. Exploring Window Functions
  14. Pivoting and Grouping Sets
    1. Writing Queries with PIVOT and UNPIVOT
    2. Working with Grouping Sets
  15. Querying SQL Server Metadata
    1. Querying System Catalog Views and Functions
    2. Executing System Stored Procedures
    3. Querying Dynamic Management Objects
  16. Executing Stored Procedures
    1. Querying Data with Stored Procedures
    2. Passing Parameters to Stored Procedures
    3. Creating Simple Stored Procedures
    4. Working with Dynamic SQL
  17. Programming with T-SQL
    1. T-SQL Programming Elements
    2. Controlling Program Flow
  18. Implementing Error Handling
    1. Using TRY/CATCH Blocks
    2. Working with Error Information
  19. Implementing Transactions
    1. Transactions and the Database Engine
    2. Controlling Transactions
  20. Improving Query Performance
    1. Factors in Query Performance
    2. Displaying Query Performance Data
  • Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
  1. Introduction to SQL Server 2012 and its Toolset
    1. SQL Server Platform
    2. Working with SQL Server Tools
    3. Configuring SQL Server Services
  2. Preparing Systems for SQL Server 2012
    1. SQL Server Architecture
    2. Planning Server Resource Requirements
    3. Pre-Installation Testing for SQL Server
  3. Installing and Configuring SQL Server 2012
    1. Preparing to Install SQL Server
    2. Installing SQL Server
    3. Upgrading and Automating Installation
  4. Working with Databases
    1. SQL Server Databases
    2. Working with Files and Filegroups
    3. Moving Database Files
  5. SQL Server 2012 Recovery Models
    1. Backup Strategies
    2. SQL Server Transaction Logging
    3. Planning a SQL Server Backup Strategy
  6. Backup of SQL Server 2012 Databases
    1. Backing Up Databases and Transaction Logs
    2. Managing Database Backups
    3. Working with Backup Options
  7. Restoring SQL Server 2012 Databases
    1. The Restore Process
    2. Restoring Databases
    3. Working with Point-in-Time Recovery
    4. Restoring System Databases and Individual Files
  8. Importing and Exporting Data
    1. Transferring Data to/from SQL Server
    2. Importing and Exporting Table Data
    3. Inserting Data in Bulk
  9. Authenticating and Authorizing Users
    1. Authenticating Connections to SQL Server
    2. Authorizing Logins to Access Databases
    3. Authorization Across Servers
  10. Assigning Server and Database Roles
    1. Working with Server Roles
    2. Working with Fixed Database Roles
    3. Creating User-Defined Database Roles
  11. Authorizing Users to Access Resources
    1. Authorizing User Access to Objects
    2. Authorizing Users to Execute Code
    3. Configuring Permissions at the Schema Level
  12. Auditing SQL Server Environments
    1. Options for Auditing Data Access in SQL
    2. Implementing SQL Server Audit
    3. Managing SQL Server Audit
  13. Automating SQL Server 2012 Management
    1. Working with SQL Server Agent
    2. Managing SQL Server Agent Jobs
  14. Configuring Security for SQL Server Agent
    1. SQL Server Agent Security Basics
    2. Configuring Credentials
    3. Configuring Proxy Accounts
  15. Monitoring SQL Server 2012 with Alerts and Notifications
    1. Configuration of Database Mail
    2. Monitoring SQL Server Errors
    3. Configuring Operators, Alerts, and Notifications
  16. Performing Ongoing Database Maintenance
    1. Ensuring Database Integrity
    2. Maintaining Indexes
    3. Automating Routine Database Maintenance
  17. Tracing Access to SQL Server 2012
    1. Capturing Activity using SQL Server Profiler
    2. Improving Performance with the Database Engine Tuning Advisor
    3. Working with Tracing Options
  18. Monitoring SQL Server 2012
    1. Monitoring Activity
    2. Capturing and Managing Performance Data
    3. Analyzing Collected Performance Data
  19. Managing Multiple Servers
    1. Working with Multiple Servers
    2. Virtualizing SQL Server
    3. Deploying and Upgrading Data-Tier Applications
  20. Troubleshooting Common SQL Server 2012 Administrative Issues
    1. SQL Server Troubleshooting Methodology
    2. Resolving Service-Related Issues
    3. Resolving Concurrency Issues
    4. Resolving Login and Connectivity Issues
  • Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  1. Data Warehousing
    1. Overview of Data Warehousing
    2. Considerations for a Data Warehouse Solution
  2. Data Warehouse Hardware
    1. Considerations for Building a Data Warehouse
    2. Data Warehouse Reference Architectures and Appliances
  3. Designing and Implementing a Data Warehouse
    1. Logical Design for a Data Warehouse
    2. Physical Design for a Data Warehouse
  4. Creating an ETL Solution with SSIS
    1. ETL with SSIS
    2. Exploring Source Data
    3. Implementing Data Flow
  5. Implementing Control Flow in an SSIS Package
    1. Control Flow
    2. Creating Dynamic Packages
    3. Using Containers
    4. Managing Consistency
  6. Debugging and Troubleshooting SSIS Packages
    1. Debugging an SSIS Package
    2. Logging SSIS Package Events
    3. Handling Errors in an SSIS Package
  7. Implementing an Incremental ETL Process
    1. Incremental ETL
    2. Extracting Modified Data
    3. Loading Modified Data
  8. Incorporating Data from the Cloud into a Data Warehouse
    1. Overview of Cloud Data Sources
    2. SQL Server Database
    3. The Windows Azure Marketplace
  9. Enforcing Data Quality
    1. Data Quality
    2. Using Data Quality Services to Cleanse Data
    3. Using Data Quality Services to Match Data
  10. Using Master Data Services
    1. Master Data Services
    2. Implementing a Master Data Services Model
    3. Using the Master Data Services Add-in for Excel
  11. Extending SQL Server Integration Services
    1. Using Custom Components in SSIS
    2. Using Scripts in SSIS
  12. Deploying and Configuring SSIS Packages
    1. SSIS Deployment
    2. Deploying SSIS Projects
    3. Planning SSIS Package Execution
  13. Consuming Data in a Data Warehouse
    1. Business Intelligence
    2. Reporting
    3. Data Analysis
  • Labs
    • Exam 70-461: Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012
      • Lab 1: SQL Server 2012 Tools
      • Lab 2: Transact-SQL Querying
      • Lab 3: Write Basic SELECT statements
      • Lab 4: Query Multiple Tables
      • Lab 5: Filter and Sort Data
      • Lab 6: Work with SQL Server 2012 Data Types
      • Lab 7: Use Built-In Functions
      • Lab 8: Group and Aggregate Data
      • Lab 9: Use Subqueries
      • Lab 10: Use Table Expressions
      • Lab 11: Use Set Operators
      • Lab 12: Use Window Ranking, Offset, and Aggregate Functions
      • Lab 13: Pivot and Group Sets
      • Lab 14: Query SQL Server Metadata
      • Lab 15: Execute Stored Procedures
      • Lab 16: Program with T-SQL
      • Lab 17: Implement Error Handling
      • Lab 18: Implement Transactions
      • Lab 19: Improve Query Performance
    • Exam 70-462: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases
      • Lab 1: SQL Server and Toolset
      • Lab 2: Prepare Systems for SQL Server
      • Lab 3: Install and Configure SQL Server
      • Lab 4: Work with Databases
      • Lab 5: SQL Server Recovery Models
      • Lab 6: Back Up SQL Server Databases
      • Lab 7: Restore SQL Server 2012 Databases
      • Lab 8: Import and Exporting Data
      • Lab 9: Authenticate and Authorizing Users
      • Lab 10: Assign Server and Database Roles
      • Lab 11: Authorize Users to Access Resources
      • Lab 12: Audit SQL Server Environments
      • Lab 13: Automate SQL Server Management
      • Lab 14: Configure Security for SQL Server Agent
      • Lab 15: Monitor SQL Agent Jobs with Alerts and Notifications
      • Lab 16: Perform Ongoing Database Maintenance
      • Lab 17: Trace Access to SQL Server 2012
      • Lab 18: Monitor SQL Server 2012
      • Lab 19: Manage Multiple Servers
      • Lab 20: Troubleshoot Common Issues
    • Exam 70-463: Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012
      • Lab 1: Explore a Data Warehouse Solution
      • Lab 2: Implement a Data Warehouse Schema
      • Lab 3: Implement Data Flow in an SSIS Package
      • Lab 4A: Implement Control Flow in an SSIS Package
      • Lab 4B: Use Transactions and Checkpoints
      • Lab 5: Debug and Troubleshoot an SSIS Package
      • Lab 6A: Extract Modified Data
      • Lab 6B: Load Incremental Changes
      • Lab 7: Use Cloud Data in a Data Warehouse Solution
      • Lab 8A: Cleanse Data
      • Lab 8B: De-Duplication Data
      • Lab 9: Implement Master Data Services
      • Lab 10: Use Scripts and Custom Components
      • Lab 11: Deploy and Configure SSIS Packages
      • Lab 12: Business Intelligence Tools

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