Provisioning SQL Databases


This five-day instructor-led course provides students with the knowledge and skills to provision a Microsoft SQL Server 2016 database. The course covers SQL Server 2016 provision both on-premise and in Azure, and covers installing from new and migrating from an existing install.


The primary audience for this course is individuals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases. These individuals perform database administration and maintenance as their primary area of responsibility, or work in environments where databases play a key role in their primary job.
The secondary audiences for this course are individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.


Before attending this course, participants should have he following technical knowledge:
  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL
  • Working knowledge of relational databases
  • Some experience with database design

At course completion

After completing this course, participants will be able to:

  • Provision a Database Server
  • Upgrade SQL Server
  • Configure SQL Server
  • Manage Databases and Files (shared)
  • Provision, migrate and manage databases in the cloud


This course prepares to the exam 70-765 Provisioning SQL Databases.

Course outline

Module 1: SQL Server Components

This module describes the various SQL Server components and versions.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to the SQL Server Platform
  • Lesson 2: Overview of SQL Server Architecture
  • Lesson 3: SQL Server Services and Configuration Options

Module 2: Installing SQL Server

This modules describes the process to install SQL Server 2016.

  • Lesson 1: Considerations for SQL Installing Server
  • Lesson 2: TempDB Files
  • Lesson 3: Installing SQL Server
  • Lesson 4: Automating Installation

Module 3: Upgrading SQL Server to SQL Server 2017

This module describes the process for upgrading to SQL Server 2017.

  • Lesson 1: Upgrade Requirements
  • Lesson 2: Upgrade SQL Server Services
  • Lesson 3: Side by Side Upgrade: Migrating SQL Server Data and Applications

Module 4: Working with Databases

This module describes the preinstalled system databases, the physical structure of databases and the most common configuration options related to them.

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Data Storage with SQL Server
  • Lesson 2: Managing Storage for System Databases
  • Lesson 3: Managing Storage for User Databases
  • Lesson 4: Moving and Copying Database Files
  • Lesson 5: Buffer Pool Extension

Module 5: Performing Database Maintenance

This module covers database maintenance plans.

  • Lesson 1: Ensuring Database Integrity
  • Lesson 2: Maintaining Indexes
  • Lesson 3: Automating Routine Database Maintenance

Module 6: Database Storage Options

Describe SQL Server storage options.

  • Lesson 1: SQL Server storage Performance
  • Lesson 2: SMB Fileshare
  • Lesson 3: SQL Server Storage in Microsoft Azure
  • Lesson 4: Stretch Databases

Module 7: Planning to Deploy SQL Server on Microsoft Azure

This module describes how to plan to deploy SQL Server on Azure.

  • Lesson 1: SQL Server Virtual Machines in Azure
  • Lesson 2: Azure Storage
  • Lesson 3: Azure SQL Authentication
  • Lesson 4: Deploying an Azure SQL Database

Module 8: Migrating Databases to Azure SQL Database

This module describes how to migrate databases to Azure SQL Database.

  • Lesson 1: Database Migration Testing Tools
  • Lesson 2: Database Migration Compatibility Issues
  • Lesson 3: Migrating a SQL Server Database to Azure SQL Database

Module 9: Deploying SQL Server on a Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine

This module describes how to deploy SQL Server on Microsoft Azure VMs.

  • Lesson 1: Deploying SQL Server on an Azure VM
  • Lesson 2: The Deploy Database to a Microsoft Azure VM Wizard

Module 10: Managing databases in the Cloud

This module describes how to manage SQL Server on Azure.

  • Lesson 1: Managing Azure SQL Database Security
  • Lesson 2: Configure Azure storage
  • Lesson 3: Azure Automation


Microsoft Official Courseware

Cursus de certification

MCSA: SQL 2016 Database Administration


Lab 1: Discussion: SQL Server versions
  • When we do use a separate installation of SQL Server and when would use a separate instance?
  • Which version of SQL Server is most suitable in your organization?

Lab 2: Installing SQL Server
  • Assess the available resources
  • Install an instance of SQL Server
  • Perform post installation checks
  • Automating Installation

Lab 3: Upgrading SQL Server
  • Create the Application Logins
  • Restore Database Backups
  • Orphaned Users and Database Compatibility Level

Lab 4: Managing Database Storage
  • Configuring tempdb Storage
  • Creating Databases
  • Attaching a Database
  • Enable Buffer Pool Extension

Lab 5: Performing Database Maintenance
  • Use DBCC CHECKDB to Verify Database Integrity
  • Rebuild Indexes
  • Create a Database Maintenance Plan

Lab 6: Implementing Stretch Database
  • Run Stretch Database Advisor
  • Implement Stretch Database

Lab 7: Plan and Deploy an Azure SQL Database
  • Plan an Azure SQL Database, Networking, performance tiers, security
  • Provision an Azure SQL Database
  • Connect to an Azure SQL Database

Lab 8: Migrating SQL Server Databases to Azure
  • Perform Migration Testing
  • Migrate a SQL Server Database to Azure SQL Database
  • Test a Migrated Database

Lab 9: Deploying SQL Server on an Azure Virtual Machine
  • Provision an Azure VM
  • Use the Deploy Database to Azure VM Wizard

Lab 10: Managing Databases in the Cloud
  • Configure Azure Security
  • Automate Azure Deployment

Formations complémentaires

MS-20764: Administering a SQL Database Infrastructure