Exam 70-465

Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2012

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  • Published: June 11, 2012
  • Languages: English, French, German, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified)
  • Audiences: IT professionals
  • Technology: Microsoft SQL Server 2012
  • Credit toward certification: MCSE

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Dear [your boss's name]:

I'd like to expand and prove my technical skills by earning a Microsoft Certification. My next step is taking Exam 70-465. The registration fee is $150.00 USD.

When I pass this certification, you'll have proof of my ability to work with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 . Microsoft has training and online resources to help me prepare for the exam. I believe I'll be more effective and productive after achieving this valuable technical certification.

Let me know if you have any questions. In the meantime, you can find out more about this exam at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-465.aspx. As you can see, the exam validates skills that are crucial to our team's success.

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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 will include content covering SQL Server 2014.

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

  • 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 (vs. by remodeling) by using SQL Server features (materialization via indexed views, etc.)

  • Design physical database and object placement

    • Identify bad database architectural decisions; filestream and filetable; logical vs. physical design; file groups

  • Design a table and index partitioning strategy

    • Develop optimal strategy for indexing; data distribution; archiving

  • Design a migration, consolidation, and upgrade strategy

    • Upgrade with minimal downtime; database deployments; multiple databases in same solution; contained databases

  • Design SQL Server instances

    • Spec out hardware for new instances; design an instance; design SQL to use only certain CPUs (affinity masks, etc.); design clustered instances including Microsoft Distributed Transaction Control (MSDTC); memory allocation

  • Design backup and recovery

    • Database snapshots; recovery models; transaction log backups; when to use differentials; file backup; striped backups

  • Design a database model

    • Design a logical schema; design a normalized database; design data access and data layer architecture; understand the relational model; design a normalized data model; design a database schema; create/maintain a schema upgrade and downgrade script which include the most optimal schema deployment and data migration; review common modeling practices: Entity-Attribute-Value (EAV), generalization/specialization, star-schema, etc.; optimize the design for normalization to the right level for the application looking forward to possible scenarios in the future; design security architecture; relational database design; design/modify database schemas; design appropriately normalized and data typed table schemas to meet business requirement; design a strategy to use linked servers, security, providers, distributed transactions; understand impact of collation, ANSI NULLS, QUOTED IDENTIFIER; interpret a database design to match a set of statements that describe the design

  • Design tables

    • Data design patterns; develop normalized and de-normalized SQL tables; understand the difference between physical tables, temp tables, temp table variables and common table expressions; design transactions; design views; describe advantages/disadvantages of using a GUID as a clustered index; understand performance implications of # vs. @ temp tables and how to decide which to use, when and why; how to use table valued parameters to sps; use of set-based rather than row-based logic; filestream and filetable; semantic engine; sequences; row/page compression; data type selection

  • Design for concurrency

    • Develop a strategy to minimize concurrency; handle concurrency to minimize locking and eliminate as much blocking as possible, and to avoid deadlocks; manage the transactions to limit the time to hold lock and have fast transactions (maximize concurrency); define locking and concurrency strategy; impact of read committed snapshot/snapshot isolation; understand what it solves and what it costs

  • Design T-SQL stored procedures

    • Write a stored procedure to meet a given set of requirements; design a best practice for using views and stored procedures and remove the direct usage of tables

  • Design a management automation strategy

    • Create a data archiving solution; create jobs to ensure good server health as DBCC Checkdb, statistics updates; improve database maintenance (DB index, backup, etc.) with custom script that executes some task only on when some values are overpassed (defragment/rebuild index); design automation and auditing (jobs, alerts, operators, SSIS, CDC, auditing, DDL triggers); automate (setup, maintenance, monitoring) across multiple databases and multiple instances; data flow and batch processing: testing load on database plus different stages

  • Design for implicit and explicit transactions

    • Manage transactions; use transactions in code; ensure data integrity by using transactions; trycatch; commit; throw

  • Design an application strategy to support security

    • Design security; implement schemas and schema security; design maintenance (SQL logins vs. integrated authentication, permissions, mirroring issues, etc.); use appropriate mechanisms to enforce security roles, signed stored procedures, etc.; encryption; contained logins

  • Design database, schema, and object security parameters

    • 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; design/implement a data safety strategy that meets the requirements of the installation; choosing authentication type, logon triggers, regulatory requirements; transparent data encryption; Data Description Language (DDL) triggers

  • Design a maintenance strategy for database servers

    • Online rebuilds vs. offline rebuilds; maintenance plans; rebuild indexes; defrag indexes; check DB; statistics; grow the database; manage backups and history; retention policy

  • Troubleshoot and resolve concurrency issues

    • Examine deadlocking issues using the SQL server logs using trace flags; design reporting database infrastructure (replicated databases); monitor via DMV or other MS product; diagnose blocking, live locking and deadlocking; diagnose waits; performance detection with built in DMVs; know what affects performance

  • Design and implement a high availability solution

    • Understand the traditional failover clustering solution; configure failover clustering; design readable mirrors; create a highly available configuration with low RTO; design and ensure uptime to relevant TOS/RLAs (includes monitoring, patching, etc.); design and implement a replication architecture; implement a mirroring solution using HADRON

  • Design a solution to monitor performance and concurrency

    • Identify performance monitor counters to monitor; monitor for performance and bottlenecks, including Wait Stats; design a top consumer queries monitoring and review strategy; monitor for missing statistics and create them when needed

  • Design a monitoring solution at the instance level

    • Design auditing strategies including XE, Profiler, Perfmon, and DMV usage; set up file and table growth monitoring; collect performance indicators and counters; content management systems; policies

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  • avatar image

    Anyone knows anything more than "March 2014" about when 70-465 will be upgraded with SQL Server 2014 content?

    Posted by Bogdan Iosif on 14 Feb 2014 at 09:37 GMT

    Hi anyone,

    Yesterday I found out a bad piece of news from here http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/sql-certification.aspx

    Relevant quote:

    • In March 2014, the MCSE: Data Platform (464/465) and MCSE: Business Intelligence (466/467) exams will be appropriately updated with SQL Server 2014 topics. The exam numbers will remain the same.

      At least one month prior to the update, details on the original and revised exam objectives will be made available for review in the Skills measured section of each exam detail webpage.

    Does anyone know more details about this? I'm especially interested in the exact date when 465 will be available in its current format.

    AFAIK this is the first time exam content is upgraded while exam numbers remain the same. This catches me on the wrong foot because I already took 464 and was planning to get my MCSE for SQL Server 2012 by also taking 465. Unfortunately, it's currently undefined what happens to my progress if I delay this exam until May as I was planning because 465 with SQL Server 2012 content will no longer be available by that time.


    P.S: I used the live chat feature from Microsoft's website and was unable to find more details from them. So currently I have to assume the worst case scenario, which means 465 will be upgraded on March 1st.

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This exam is intended for database professionals who design and build database solutions in the organization. They are responsible for the creation of plans and designs for database structure, storage, objects and servers. They create the plan for the environment in which the database solution runs.

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