How To Take This Class

Course Overview

This five-day instructor-led Upgrading Your SQL Server Skills to Microsoft® SQL Server® 2014 course provides existing SQL Server 2008 database professionals with the knowledge and skills to use new and enhanced capabilities in SQL Server 2014. The course covers the major advancements made in the SQL Server platform since SQL Server 2008, including new features in the SQL Server 2014 release.

Course Prerequisites

This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Experience of building and managing database, data warehouse, and business intelligence (BI) solutions with SQL Server 2008.
  • Familiarity with the Windows Server 2012 operating system and networking.
  • Familiarity with Microsoft Excel and Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013.

Course Audience

The primary audience for this course is database and business intelligence (BI) professionals who are familiar with SQL Server 2008 and want to update their skills to SQL Server 2014, and become familiar with related Microsoft data technologies.

What You'll Learn

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe key features and capabilities of SQL Server 2014.
  • Leverage new and enhanced features to develop database in SQL Server 2014.
  • Use in-memory database capabilities in SQL Server 2014.
  • Manage SQL Server 2014 by using dynamic management views and PowerShell.
  • Implement security in SQL Server 2014.
  • Implement high-availability and data recovery techniques in SQL Server 2014.
  • Use SQL Server 2014 Integration Services.
  • Use SQL Server 2014 Data Quality Services.
  • Use SQL Server 2014 Master Data Services.
  • Manage SQL Server 2012 Agent and Jobs.
  • Implement a tabular data model in SQL Server 2014 Analysis Services.
  • Implement a Self-Service BI solution with Microsoft Excel 2013.
  • Describe key elements of cloud solutions for data.
  • Implement a database in Microsoft Azure SQL Database.
  • Implement a SQL Server database in a Microsoft Azure virtual machine.
  • Implement a Big Data solution with Microsoft Azure HDInsight and the Microsoft Azure Marketplace.

Course Duration

5 Days

Course Outline

  1. Introduction to SQL Server 2014
    • Overview of SQL Server 2014
    • SQL Server 2014 Editions and Components
    • Installing SQL Server 2014
    • Enhancements to SQL Server Management Studio
    • Lab: Exploring SQL Server 2014
      • Reviewing Installed Components
      • Using SQL Server Management Studio
  2. What’s New in SQL Server Database Development
    • Transact-SQL Enhancements
    • New and Enhanced Transact-SQL Functions
    • Enhancements to Spatial Data Support
    • Storing and Querying Documents with SQL Server 2014
    • Lab: Developing SQL Server 2014 Databases
      • Using Sequence Objects
      • Using the THROW statement
      • Implementing Paging
      • Querying Documents
  3. In-Memory Database Capabilities
    • The Buffer pool Extension
    • Columnstore Indexes
    • Memory-Optimized Tables
    • Lab: Using In-Memory Database Capabilities
      • Enabling the Buffer Pool Extension
      • Creating Columnstore Indexes
      • Working with Memory-Optimized Tables
  4. Scripting SQL Server 2014
    • New and Enhanced Dynamic Management Views
    • Using PowerShell to Manage SQL Server
    • Lab: Managing SQL Server with Scripts
      • Using Dynamic Management Views
      • Using PowerShell
  5. Implementing Security in Microsoft SQL Server 2014
    • Security Management Enhancements
    • Contained Databases
    • Lab: Implementing Security
      • Implementing User-Defines Server Roles
      • Implementing Contained Databases
  6. High Availability and Data Recovery Enhancements
    • AlwaysOn High Availability
    • Enhancements to Data Recovery
    • Lab: Using AlwaysOn Availability Groups
      • Creating an AlwaysOn Availability Group
      • Using an AlwaysOn Availability Group
      • Observing Availability Group Failover Behavior
  7. New and Enhanced Features in SQL Server Integration Services
    • Using the CDC Control Task for Incremental Data Loads
    • Deploying and Operating SSIS Packages
    • Lab: Using SQL Server Integration Services
      • Extracting Modified Data
      • Deploying and Operating an SSIS Project
  8. Data Quality Services
    • Introduction to Data Quality
    • Using Data Quality Services to Cleanse Data
    • Using Data Quality Services to Match Data
    • Lab: Cleansing Data
      • Creating a DQS Knowledge Base
      • Using a DQS Project to Cleanse Data
      • Using DQS in an SSIS Package
    • Lab: Deduplicating Data
      • Creating a Matching Policy
      • Using a DQS Project to Match Data
  9. Master Data Services
    • Introduction to Master Data Services
    • Implementing a Master Data Services Model
    • Using the Master Data Services Add-in for Excel
    • Lab: Implementing Master Data Services
      • Creating a Basic Model
      • Editing a Model by Using the Master Data Services Add-in for Excel
      • Loading Data into a Model
      • Enforcing Business Rules
      • Consuming Master Data Services Data
  10. SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services
    • Reporting Services Overview
    • Reporting Services and Microsoft SharePoint Server
    • Introduction to Data Alerts
    • Lab: Using SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services
      • Viewing SharePoint Mode Configuration
      • Authoring, Publishing, and Viewing a Report
      • Creating and Managing Data Alerts
  11. Implementing an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model
    • Introduction to Analysis Services Tabular Data Model Projects
    • Creating a Tabular Model
    • Using an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model in the Enterprise
    • Lab: Working with an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model
      • Creating an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model Project
      • Configuring Columns and Relationships
      • Using Custom DAX Expressions
      • Deploying an Analysis Services Tabular Data Model
  12. Self-Service BI with Microsoft Excel
    • PowerPivot for Excel
    • PowerPivot for SharePoint Server
    • Power Query
    • Power View
    • Power Map
    • Collaborative Analysis with Power BI for Office 365
    • Lab: Self-Service BI with Excel
      • Creating a Data Model with PowerPivot
      • Importing Data with Power Query
      • Visualizing Data with Power View
      • Visualizing Geographic Data with Power Map
  13. Introduction to Cloud Data Solutions
    • Overview of Cloud Computing
    • Microsoft Azure Services for Data
    • Lab: Using Microsoft Azure
      • Creating a Microsoft Azure Storage Account
      • Backing Up a Database to Microsoft Azure
      • Storing Data Files in Microsoft Azure
  14. Microsoft Azure SQL Database
    • Introduction to Microsoft Azure SQL Database
    • Microsoft Azure SQL Database Security
    • Implementing and Managing Databases
    • Lab: Using Microsoft Azure SQL Database
      • Provisioning Microsoft Azure SQL Database
      • Configuring Microsoft Azure SQL Database Security
      • Migrating a SQL Server Database to Microsoft Azure SQL Database
  15. SQL Server in Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
    • Introduction to Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
    • Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Connectivity and Security
    • Creating Databases in a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine
    • Lab: Using Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
      • Creating a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine
      • Configuring Virtual Machine Security and Connectivity
      • Creating Databases on a Virtual Machine
  16. Implementing Big Data Solutions
    • Introduction to Big Data
    • Microsoft Azure HDInsight
    • Consuming HDInsight Results in Excel
    • Obtaining Data from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace
    • Lab: Creating a Big Data Solution
      • Provisioning an HDInsight Cluster
      • Processing Data with HDInsight
      • Analyzing Big Data in Excel
      • Obtaining Data from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

What Students Receive

Each student will receive:
  • A printed courseware manual with samples and hands-on exercises for use during and after class
  • Sample course files and solutions
  • Access to a complete, online SQL Server environment both during and after class to practice your new skills
  • A course completion certificate upon successful completion of the course