Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Exam 70-432 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance


Exam 70-432 TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Implementation and Maintenance

Microsoft likes for its people to be certified in as many technologies as possible. Personally, I find certifications useful since they help me focus my study, but I don't think that certification = expert. It's just one part of the puzzle.

To that end, I got one of the earliest certs Microsoft had (long before I worked here) and then went on to get my MCSE and then MCDBA. Again, they are just good ways to help me round out the study I do and the real-world experience I gain on the job. So now I'm starting the process to pass this exam:

A lot of people study for a couple of weeks and then just jump in to the tests - and that's great. My friend Sean McCown just breezed in and took the test and passed it. I take a long time for my studies, since I fold them into everything else I'm doing. I find that taking longer helps it "sink in" better for me.

I thought I would share the notes I have as I go along. Normally I use this process:

  1. Find out what's covered on the test
  2. Locate those topics in Books Online and read them
  3. Practice (implement the feature, etc)
  4. Find a practice test somewhere and take it, gauge where I'm weak
  5. Find any extra books, especially those written for the test (if they are good) and read those
  6. Take the real test - and Pass!

So with all that in mind, here are the notes I've made so far - a forum link and then the topics from the test, along with Books Online links. I'll modify this list and add to it from time to time, and then post it here. If you have any comments on the test (but not the questions from it or any answers, please) feel free to comment on the article.



Install SQL Server 2008 and related services - file locations; default paths; service accounts

Configure SQL Server instances - sp_configure

Configure SQL Server services - configuration manager; SQL browser

Implement database mail - set up and configure

Configure full-text indexing - enable/disable, index population

Manage SQL Server Agent jobs - create and schedule jobs; notification of job execution; disable/enable jobs; change job step order; logging

Manage SQL Server Agent alerts - performance condition alerts; SQL event alerts; Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) alerts

Manage SQL Server Agent operators - operator schedules; fail safe operator; add a new operator; notification methods

Implement the declarative management framework (DMF) - create a policy; verify a policy; schedule a policy compliance check; enforce a policy; create a condition

Back up a SQL Server environment - operating system-level concepts

Manage logins and server roles- create logins; disable/enable logins; security model (authentication mode); password policy enforcement; fixed server roles; alter logins

Manage users and database roles - user mapping; user-defined roles; fixed roles; guest, public, dbo; creating and deleting user roles

Manage SQL Server instance permissions- logon triggers; permissions vs fixed role membership; cross-database ownership chaining; impersonation

Manage schema permissions and object permissions- manage schema ownership

Audit SQL Server instances- use DDL triggers and logon triggers; C2; common criteria; login failures; event notifications

Manage transparent data encryption- impact of transparent data encryption on backups

Manage and configure databases- files, file groups, and related options; database options; recovery model; attach/detach data

Manage database snapshots- create, drop, revert

Maintain database integrity- DBCC CHECKDB; suspect pages

Maintain a database by using maintenance plans- Maintenance Plan Wizard; Maintenance Plan Designer

Import and export data- BCP; BULK INSERT; OPENROWSET; GUI tools

Manage data partitions- switching data from one partition to another; add a filegroup; alter a partition function; alter a partition scheme

Implement data compression- sparse columns; page/row

Maintain indexes- create spatial indexes; create partitioned indexes; clustered and non-clustered indexes; XML indexes; disable and enable indexes; filtered index on sparse columns; indexes with included columns; rebuilding/reorganizing indexes; online/offline

Manage collations- column collation; database collation; instance collation

Identify SQL Server service problems- DB Engine service; SQL Agent service; SQL Browser service

Identify concurrency problems- blocks, locks, deadlocks, activity monitor; relevant Dynamic Management Views

Identify SQL Agent job execution problems- proxy accounts; credentials; job history

Locate error information- error log; agent log; job execution history; event logs

Implement Resource Governor

Use the Database Engine Tuning Advisor

Collect trace data by using SQL Server Profiler

Collect performance data by using Dynamic Management Views (DMVs)

Collect performance data by using System Monitor

Use Performance Studio

Implement database mirroring- monitoring, configuring, failover

Implement a SQL Server clustered instance- monitoring, configuring, failover

Implement log shipping- monitoring, configuring, failover

Implement replication- monitoring, configuring, failover

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