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Exam
70-469

Windows

  • Published:
    August 16, 2014
  • Languages:
    English, Japanese
  • Audiences:
    IT professionals
  • Technology:
    Microsoft SQL Server 2014
  • Credit towards certification:
    MCP, MCSE

Recertification for MCSE: Data Platform

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Implement database objects
  • Create and alter tables (complex statements)
    • Develop an optimal strategy for using temporary objects, including table variables and temporary tables; define alternatives to triggers; define data version control and management; implement @Table and #table appropriately; create calculated columns; implement partitioned tables, schemas, and functions; implement column collation; implement online transaction processing (OLTP)
  • Design, implement, and troubleshoot security
    • Implement data control language statements appropriately, troubleshoot connection issues, implement execute as statements, implement certificate-based security, create loginless users, define appropriate database roles and permissions, implement contained users, implement cross db ownership chaining, implement schema security, implement server roles
  • Design the locking granularity level
    • Choose the right lock mechanism for a given task; handle deadlocks; design index locking properties; fix locking and blocking issues; analyze a deadlock scenario; design appropriate isolation level, including Microsoft ActiveX data objects defaults; design for locks and lock escalation; design transactions that minimize locking; reduce locking contention; identify bottlenecks in data design; design appropriate concurrency control, such as pessimistic or optimistic
  • Maintain indexes
    • Inspect physical characteristics of indexes and perform index maintenance, identify fragmented indexes, identify unused indexes, implement indexes, defrag/rebuild indexes, set up a maintenance strategy for indexes and statistics, optimize indexes (full, filter index), statistics (full, filter), force or fix queue, when to rebuild versus reorg and index, create a tuning and maintenance strategy for proactive operations
  • Create and modify constraints using complex statements
    • Create constraints on tables, define constraints, modify constraints according to performance implications, implement cascading deletes, configure constraints for bulk inserts
  • Work with XML data
    • Implement XML, such as Query, Input, Output; transform XML data into relational data; retrieve relational data as XML; implement FOR XML; design a strategy to query and modify XML data; implement XML schemas and handling of XML data; import and export XML; return tables from XML data types using XQuery; navigate XML namespaces; implement XML selective indexes
Implement programming objects
  • Design and implement stored procedures
    • Create stored procedures and other programmatic objects; implement different types of stored procedure results; create a stored procedure for the data access layer; analyze and rewrite procedures and processes; program stored procedures by using T-SQL and CLR; implement parameters, including table valued, input, and output; implement encryption; implement error handling, including TRY…CATCH; configure appropriate connection settings, design appropriate query paging, including OFFSET and FETCH
Design database objects
  • Design tables
    • Apply data design patterns; develop appropriately normalized and de-normalized SQL tables; design transactions; design views; implement GUID as a clustered index appropriately; design temp tables appropriately, including # vs. @; implement set-based logic; design an encryption strategy; design table partitioning; design a BLOB storage strategy, including filestream and filetable; design tables for In-Memory OLTP
Optimize and troubleshoot queries
  • Optimize and tune queries
    • Tune a poorly performing query, including avoiding unnecessary data type conversions; identify long-running queries; review and optimize code; analyze execution plans to optimize queries; tune queries using execution plans and Microsoft Database Tuning Advisor (DTA); optimize queries using pivots and common table expressions (CTE); design database layout to optimize queries; implement query hints; tune query workloads; implement recursive CTE; implement full text and semantic search; analyze execution plans; implement plan guides
  • Troubleshoot and resolve performance problems
    • Interpret performance monitor data; integrate performance monitor data with SQL Traces; design an appropriate recovery model; optimize data files; identify and fix transactional replication problems; detect and resolve server failures; identify and troubleshoot data access problems; manage tempdb contention and auto growth; implement Resource Governor; monitor and resolve In-Memory OLTP issues, including merge and garbage collection
  • Optimize indexing strategies
    • Develop an optimal strategy for clustered indexes; analyze index usage; optimize indexes for workload, including data warehousing and OLTP; generate appropriate indexes and statistics by using INCLUDE columns; create filtered indexes; implement full-text indexing; implement columnstore indexes; optimize online index maintenance
Design a database structure
  • Design a table and index partitioning strategy
    • Develop the optimal strategy for indexing, archive using partitions and tables, design columnstore indexes, design XML indexes
  • Design a migration, consolidation, and upgrade strategy
    • Upgrade with minimal downtime; design a cross-cluster migration; plan a database deployment, including Windows PowerShell, Server Core, and contained databases; migrate to SQL Database; migrate query plans; design a migration strategy using Distributed Replay Controller; design a SQL Server virtualization strategy
  • Design SQL Server instances
    • Identify hardware for new instances; design CPU affinity; design clustered instances using Microsoft Distributed Transaction Control (MSDTC); define instance memory allocation; design installation strategies, including sysprep, slipstream, and SMB file server; define cross db ownership chaining
  • Design backup and recovery
    • Design a backup strategy based on business needs, including differential, file, log, striped, and Microsoft Azure Blob Storage Service; design a database snapshot strategy; design appropriate recovery models; design a system database backup strategy; recover Tail-Log backups
Design databases and database objects
  • Design tables
    • Design tables appropriately, including physical tables, temp tables, temp table variables, common table expressions, columnstore indexes, user defined table types, FILESTREAM, FILETABLE, and In-Memory OLTP; design views and table valued functions; design a compression strategy, including row and page; select an appropriate data type; design computed columns
  • Design T-SQL stored procedures
    • Create stored procedures; design a data access strategy using stored procedures; design appropriate stored procedure parameters, including input, output, and Table Valued; design error handling; design an In-Memory OLTP strategy for stored procedures
Design database security
  • Design an application strategy to support security
    • Design security, including security roles, signed stored procedures, encryption, contained logins, EXECUTE AS, and credentials; implement schemas and schema security; design security maintenance, including SQL logins, integrated authentication, permissions, and mirroring
  • Design instance-level security configurations
    • Implement separation of duties using different login roles; choose an authentication type, including logon triggers, regulatory requirements, and certificates; implement data encryption, including database master key and configuration; implement Data Description Language (DDL) triggers; define a secure service account
Design a troubleshooting and optimization solution
  • Design a maintenance strategy for database servers
    • Design maintenance plans; design index maintenance, including rebuild, defragmentation, statistics, online rebuilds, offline rebuilds, and thresholds; maintain physical and logical consistency (DBCC); manage database files, including LDF, MDF, In-Memory OLTP, and garbage collection; define a retention policy
  • Design and implement a high availability solution
    • Configure failover clustering, including multi-subnet; design readable mirrors; create a highly available configuration with low recovery time; design and ensure uptime requirements, including monitoring and patching; design and implement a database mirroring architecture; design and implement a replication architecture; implement a mirroring solution, including AlwaysOn and Availability Groups; design geographical fault-tolerance using Microsoft Azure SQL Database
  • Design a monitoring solution at the instance level
    • Design auditing strategies, including Extended Events, Event traces, SQL Audit, Profiler-scheduled or event-based maintenance, Performance Monitor, and DMV usage; set up file and table growth monitoring; collect performance indicators and counters; create jobs to monitor server health; audit using Windows Logs

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Who should take this exam?

This exam is for individuals looking to maintain their MCSE: Data Platform certification. It is based on the exam objectives from 464 and 465.

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