Designing Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005 Databases Training Course


Microsoft Official Curriculum Course Number: 2782
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Course Description

This two-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to design databases for Microsoft SQL ServerT 2005 using business requirements to guide their decisions (beyond structured third normal form [3NF] modeling techniques). Students will also learn to incorporate security requirements throughout their design.


Audience

This course is intended for current professional database developers who have three or more years of on-the-job experience developing SQL Server database solutions in an enterprise environment.

Prerequisites

Before attending this course, students must:
  • Have experience reading user requirements and business-need documents. For example, development project vision/mission statements or business analysis reports.
  • Have experience reading and drawing business process flow charts.
  • Have experience reading and drawing entity relationship (ER) diagrams.
  • Understand Transact-SQL syntax and programming logic.
  • Be able to design a database to 3NF and know the tradeoffs when backing out of the fully normalized design (denormalization) and designing for performance and business requirements in addition to being familiar with design models, such as Star and Snowflake schemas.
  • Have basic monitoring and troubleshooting skills.
  • Have basic knowledge of the operating system and platform. That is, how the operating system integrates with the database, what the platform or operating system can do, and how interaction between the operating system and the database works.
  • Have basic knowledge of application architecture. That is, how applications can be designed in three layers, what applications can do, how interaction between the application and the database works, and how the interaction between the database and the platform or operating system works.
  • Know how to use a data modeling tool.
  • Be familiar with SQL Server 2005 features, tools, and technologies.
  • Have a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 credential, or equivalent experience.

In addition, it is recommended, but not required, that students have completed:
  • Course 2778: Writing Queries Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Transact-SQL.
  • Course 2779: Implementing a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database.
  • Course 2780: Maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Database.

Course Completion Skills:

  • Approach database design from a systematic perspective, gather database requirements, and formulate a conceptual design.
  • Analyze and evaluate a logical database design.
  • Apply best practices for creating a physical database design.
  • Apply best practices when designing for database scalability.
  • Design a database access strategy.
  • Use best practices to model database dependencies.
Module 1 Approaching Database Design Systematically
This module explains how to acquire the skills to approach database design with a systematic perspective. A systematic approach involves formulating your database design process, following guidelines on how to gather and document database requirements, and following best practices when formulating a conceptual design.
Lessons
Overview of Database Design
Gathering Database Requirements
Creating a Conceptual Database Design

Labs

  • Lab 1: Beginning the Database Design Process
  • Gathering Database Requirements
  • Creating a Conceptual Design

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Apply a systematic approach to database design.
  • Devise an appropriate strategy for gathering database requirements for a specified project.
  • Formulate requirements into a conceptual model that serves as a basis for defining entities, attributes, and relationships.
Module 2 Modeling a Database at the Logical Level
This module explains the best practices followed when you build a new logical database model. You will also learn the guidelines for normalization when designing an OLTP model and when designing a data warehouse database. Finally, you will learn to evaluate the existing logical model of a database.
Lessons
Building a Logical Database Model
Designing for OLTP Activity
Designing for Data Warehousing
Evaluating Logical Models

Labs

  • Lab 2: Modeling a Database at the Logical Level
  • Determine Entities, Attributes, Relationships, Keys, and Constraints
  • Normalization and Schema Assignment

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Apply best practices to the task of building a new logical database model.
  • Apply guidelines for normalization when designing an OLTP model.
  • Apply guidelines for designing a data warehouse database.
  • Evaluate an existing logical model of a database.
Module 3 Modeling a Database at the Physical Level
This module explains the guidelines to be followed when designing physical database objects and constraints. The module also covers the best practices for designing database security and for designing database and server options. Finally, this module covers the best practices for evaluating the physical model.
Lessons
Designing Physical Database Objects
Designing Constraints
Designing for Database Security
Designing Server and Database Options
Evaluating the Physical Model

Labs

  • Lab 3: Modeling a Database at the Physical Level
  • Specify Database Object Naming Standards
  • Define Tables and Columns and Choose Data Types

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Apply guidelines for designing physical database objects.
  • Apply best practices when designing constraints.
  • Include security best practices in the design of databases.
  • Apply best practices when designing database and server options.
  • Apply best practices when evaluating the physical model.
Module 4 Designing for Database Performance
This module explains the best practices to be followed for designing indexes. The module also covers the guidelines for planning table optimization, and choosing additional optimization techniques.
Lessons
Designing Indexes
Planning for Table Optimization
Planning for Database Optimization

Labs

  • Lab 4: Designing for Database Scalability
  • Apply Optimization Techniques

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Apply best practices for designing indexes.
  • Apply guidelines when planning for table optimization.
  • Apply guidelines in choosing additional optimization techniques.
Module 5 Designing a Database Access Strategy
This module explains the best practices to be followed when designing for secure data access. The module also covers the guidelines for designing user-defined functions. Finally, this module explains the best practices for designing stored procedures.
Lessons
Designing for Secure Data Access
Designing User-Defined Functions
Designing Stored Procedures

Labs

  • Lab 5: Designing a Database Access Strategy
  • Design data retrieval objects
  • Design security for data retrieval objects

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Apply best practices when designing for secure data access.
  • Apply guidelines for designing user-defined functions.
  • Apply best practices for designing stored procedures.
Module 6 Modeling Database Dependencies
This module explains guidelines for modeling local database dependencies. This module also covers the guidelines for modeling remote database dependencies.
Lessons
Modeling Local Database Dependencies
Modeling Remote Database Dependencies

Labs

  • Lab 6: Modeling Database Dependencies
  • Design Cross-Database Access
  • Design Linked Servers

After Completing This Goal, Students will be Able To

  • Apply guidelines for modeling local database dependencies.
  • Apply guidelines for modeling remote database dependencies.


*Every effort is made to ensure the accuracy of our outlines as course information from our suppliers changes with each new revision. As a result this outline is subject to change without prior notice.

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