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MS20464 - Developing Microsoft SQL Server 2014 Databases (MS20464)

  • Overview
  • Who Should Attend
  • Certifications
  • Prerequisites
  • Objectives
  • Content
  • Schedule
Course Overview

Duration: 5 Days

This 5-day instructor-led course introduces SQL Server 2014 and describes logical table design, indexing, and query plans. It also focusses on the creation of database objects including views, stored procedures, along with parameters, and functions. Other common aspects of procedure coding, such as indexes, concurrency, error handling, and triggers are also covered in this course. Also, this course helps you prepare for the Exam 70-464.

Note: This course is designed for customers who are interested in learning SQL Server 2012 or SQL Server 2014. It covers the new features in SQL Server 2014, but also the important capabilities across the SQL Server data platform.

Who Should Attend

The primary audience for this course is IT Professionals who want to become skilled on SQL Server 2014 product features and technologies for implementing a database.

The secondary audiences for this course are individuals who are developers from other product platforms or previous versions of SQL Server looking to become skilled in the implementation of a SQL Server 2014 database.

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Knowledge of writing T-SQL queries.
  • Knowledge of basic relational database concepts.

Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Introduce the entire SQL Server platform and its major tools. It will cover editions, versions, basics of network listeners, and concepts of services and service accounts.

  • Determine appropriate data types to be used when designing tables, convert data between data types, and create alias data types.

  • Be aware of good design practices regarding SQL Server tables and be able to create tables using T-SQL. (Note: partitioned tables are not covered).

  • Implement PRIMARY KEY, FOREIGN KEY, DEFAULT, CHECK and UNIQUE constraints, and investigate cascading FOREIGN KEY constraints.

  • Determine appropriate single column and composite indexes strategies.

  • Create tables as heaps and tables with clustered indexes. Also consider the design of a table and suggest an appropriate structure.

  • Read and interpret details of common elements from execution plans.

  • Design effective non-clustered indexes.

  • Design and implement views

  • Design and implement stored procedures.

  • Work with table types, table valued parameters and use the MERGE statement to create stored procedures that update data warehouses.

  • Design and implement functions, both scalar and table-valued. (Also describe where they can lead to performance issues).

  • Perform basic investigation of a deadlock situation and learn how transaction isolation levels affect application concurrency.

  • Use both traditional T-SQL error handling code and structured exception handling.

  • Design and implement DML triggers

  • Learn appropriate uses for SQL CLR integration and implement an existing .NET assembly within SQL Server.

  • Store XML data and schemas in SQL Server.

  • Perform basic queries on XML data in SQL Server.

Course Content

Module 1: Introduction to Database Development


This module introduces database development and the key tasks that a database developer would typically perform.




  • Introduction to the SQL Server Platform

  • SQL Server Database Development Tasks


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Introduction to Database Development



After completing this module, you will be able to:

    Describe the architecture and editions of SQL Server 2012.


    Work with SQL Server tools.



    Configure SQL Server Services.


Module 2: Designing and Implementing Tables


This module explains how to design, create, and alter tables. Also it focusses on working with schemas.






  • Designing Tables

  • Data Types

  • Working with Schemas

  • Creating and Altering Tables

  • Partitioning Data

  • Compressing Data



Lab :Designing and Implementing Tables



After completing this module, you will be able to:

    Design Tables.


    Work with Schemas.



    Create and Alter Tables.


Module 3: Ensuring Data Integrity through Constraints


This module explains how to enforce data integrity, and implement domain integrity to maintain high quality data. Also it focusses on implementing Entity and Referential Integrity.






  • Enforcing Data Integrity

  • Implementing Domain Integrity

  • Implementing Entity and Referential Integrity



Lab :Ensuring Data Integrity through Constraints



After completing this module, you will be able to:

    Explain the available options for enforcing data integrity and the levels at which they should be applied.


    Implement domain integrity.



    Implement entity and referential integrity.


Module 4: Introduction to Indexing


This module describes the concept of an index and discusses selectivity, density and statistics. It covers appropriate data type choices and choices around composite index structures.






  • Core Indexing Concepts

  • Data Types and Indexes

  • Single Column and Composite Indexes



Lab : Implementing Indexes



After completing this module, you will be able to:

    Describe core indexing concepts.


    Choose appropriate data types for indexes.



    Design and implement clustered and nonclustered indexes.


Module 5: Designing Optimized Index Strategies


This module explains covering indexes and the INCLUDE clause as well as the use of padding, hints and statistics. The module also covers the use of the Database Engine Tuning Advisor and index-relate dynamic management views to assess indexing strategies.






  • Covering Indexes

  • Managing Indexes

  • Working with Execution Plans

  • Using the DTE



Lab :Designing Optimized Index Strategies



After completing this module, you will be able to:

    Describe the elements of an execution plan.


    Design effective indexing strategies.



    Monitor your system to assess the performance of your indexing strategy.


Module 6: Columnstore Indexes


This module explains column store indexes and how to use them to maximize the performance and scalability of database applications. 




  • Introduction to Columnstore indexes

  • Creating Columnstore Indexes

  • Working with Columnstore Indexes


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Using Columnstore Indexes



After completing this module, you will be able to:

    Create column store indexes.


    Describe the considerations for updating tables with non-clustered column store indexes.


Module 7: Designing and Implementing Views


This module introduces Views and explains how to create and manage Views. Also, it focuses on the performance consideration for Views.






  • Introduction to Views

  • Creating and Managing Views

  • Performance Considerations for Views



Lab :Designing and Implementing Views



After completing this module, you will be able to:

    Explain the role of views in database development.


    Implement views.



    Describe the performance related impacts of views.


Module 8: Designing and Implementing Stored Procedures


This module describes the potential advantages of the use of stored procedures along with guidelines on creating them.




  • Introduction to Stored Procedures

  • Working With Stored Procedures

  • Implementing Parameterized Stored Procedures

  • Controlling Execution Context



Lab :Designing and Implementing Stored Procedures

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