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Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017 System Administration Fundamentals

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Microsoft SQL Server 2016 and 2017 System Administration Fundamentals

This 3 day course is intended for students who need to learn the essential skills necessary to maintain a Microsoft SQL Server 2016 or 2017 system infrastructure. Being concise and hands-on, it is aimed at quickly getting students familiar with the Microsoft SQL Server administration concepts, tools and utilities. The installation of SQL Server, covered in the first module of the course, is optional and can be omitted to free up time for other topics if desired.

Students should be familiar with working in a Microsoft Windows Server operating system environment. Delegates should also have an understanding of the fundamental design of relational databases including, but not restricted to, the purpose of primary and foreign keys, entity relationships, and data normalization. A good working knowledge of the SQL language will also be assumed.

The course focuses on managing a single on-premise SQL Server Database instance and does not delve into more advanced enterprise features such as high availability and replication. Neither do we consider cloud-based solutions in this course. That said, for delegates looking to get a strong grounding in SQL Server architecture and administration, perhaps before advancing on to more advanced features, this is an ideal course upon which to build.

Attendees will gain insight into the infrastructure and architecture of SQL Server, enabling individuals to fully understand the product with which they are dealing. Configuration of server instances and databases is given full treatment, as are database transaction logs, and the creation and maintenance of indexes. Concise treatment is given to managing SQL Server security, including both at the server and database level. The focus then shifts to examining how best to move and protect data, such as when importing or exporting it between heterogeneous data sources, backing it up to external media, and restoring data from a backup. Many tasks involved in the day to day administration of a SQL Server instance can be performed automatically, making an administrators life potentially simpler, and such is the subject matter in the module dealing with SQL Server Automation. The final part of the course looks at monitoring and troubleshooting SQL Server performance and related issues.

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:


  • Configure a SQL Server 2016 or 2017 Instance
  • Create, Configure and Manage Databases
  • Understand SQL Server Internal Storage Mechanisms
  • Implement and Manage Indexes
  • Understand and Implement SQL Server Security
  • Understand Data Transfer Utilities
  • Backup and Restore Databases
  • Automate Tasks in SQL Server
  • Monitor and Troubleshoot SQL Server 
  • Understand SQL Server Transactions and Locking


1. Install and Configure a SQL Server Instance

Overview of SQL Server 2016 and 2017

Installing SQL Server (optional)

Configuring Instance-Level Settings


2. Configuring and Managing Databases

Creating and Managing Database Files and Filegroups

Configuring Databases

System Databases

TempDB Database Considerations

Managing Log Files


3. SQL Server Internals

How SQL Server Stores and Manages Data Internally

Examining Internal Storage Mechanisms


4. Creating and Managing Indexes SQL Server Index Architecture

Clustered v Non-Clustered Indexes

Creating and Modifying Indexes

Missing and Unused Indexes

Understanding and Managing Index Fragmentation

Understanding and Managing Statistics


5. SQL Server Security

Managing Logins and Server Roles

Managing Users and Database Roles

Assigning and Managing Permissions

Using Schemas


6. Transferring Data

Overview of Copying and Exporting Data

Using BCP to Import and Export Data




Using the SQL Server Import and Export Wizard

Introducing SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)


7. Backups and Recovery

Understanding Database Recovery Models

Indirect Checkpoints

Understanding Backup Types

Backup Options

Encrypted Backups

Performing Database and Log Backups

Backing Up System Databases

Viewing Backup History

Restoring Database and Log Backups

Restoring System Databases


8. SQL Server Automation

Overview of SQL Server Automation

The SQL Server Agent Service

Configuring Credentials and Proxy Accounts

Implementing Jobs

Implementing Operators and Notifications

Implementing Alerts

Maintenance Plans


9. Monitoring and Troubleshooting SQL Server

Introduction to Monitoring SQL Server

Using DMVs and DMFs

Activity Monitor

Performance Monitor

Introduction to Extended Events

Diagnosing Common Issues


10. Transactions and Locking

Understanding Transactions

Delayed Durability

Understanding SQL Server Lock Management

Diagnosing Concurrency Issues

Prices below are for scheduled courses held in our Edinburgh Training Centre or Live Virtual Classroom. Major discounts available for onsite or private courses: click General Enquiry button below to enquire about private courses.
Group discount
1 place £ 2250 n/a
2 places £ 2700 n/a
3 places £ 6750 £ 3150
4 places £ 9000 £ 3600
5 places £ 11250 £ 4050
6 places £ 13500 £ 4500
7 places £ 15750 £ 4950
8 places £ 18000 £ 5400