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MS55153 - Microsoft SQL AlwaysOn and High Availability (MS55153)

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

Duration : 2 Days

This two-day instructor-led course is designed for database administrators to familiarize them with the concepts in SQL AlwaysOn and High Availability. The course utilizes SQL 2014, but explains the differences from SQL 2012.

Who Should Attend

  • This course is intended for SQL DBAs and IT Professionals.

Course Certifications

This course is part of the following Certifications:


Course Objectives

After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize AlwaysOn and high availability concepts and terminology.

  • Understand edition changes from SQL 2012.

  • Understand failover clusters.

  • Understand log shipping.

  • Understand replication.

  • Understand database mirroring.

  • Understand database snapshots.

  • Understand SQL failover cluster implementation.

  • Understand multi-site clustering.

  • Understand flexible failover policy.

  • Understand and utilize AlwaysOn.

  • Understand node majority.

  • Understand node and disk majority.

  • Understand node and file share majority.

  • Understand no majority.

  • Understand configuration options.

  • Understand and utilize quorums.

  • Understand application failover.

Course Content

Module 1 : Course Overview 

This module explains how the class will be structured and introduces course mamterials and additional administrative information


  • Introduction
  • Course Materials
  • Facilities
  • Prerequisites
  • Courser Overview 

Lab : Course Overview 

  • None
  • Successfully log into their virtual machine
  • Have a full understanding of what the course intends to cover


Module 2: AlwaysOn and high availability Concepts and Terminology

In this module , we will cover concepts and terminology to help you better understand the purpose of AlwaysOn and help you utilize its flexibility . We will also explain common methods used to provide high availability solutions


  • Concepts and Terminology
  • Edition Changes from SQL 2012
  • Failover Clusters
  • Log Shipping 
  • Replication
  • Dabase Mirroting 
  • Database Snapshots

Lab : AlwaysOn and High Availability Concepts and Terminolo

  • None 
  • Understand and utilize AlwaysOn and high availability concepts and terminology
  • Understand edition changes frm SQL 2012
  • Understand failover clusters
  • Understand log shipping
  • Understand replication
  • Understand database mirroring
  • Understand database snapshots.


Module 3 : AlwaysOn 

In this module , we will discuss SQL failover cluster implementation , multi-site clsutering and explain the flexible failover policy provided with SQL Server AlwaysOn


  • SQL Failover Cluster Implementation
  • Multi-Site Clustering
  • Flexible Failover Policy

Lab : AlwaysOn

  • None
  • Understand SQL failover cluster implementation
  • Understanding multi-site clustering
  • Understand flexible failover policy
  • Understand and utilizae AlwaysOn


Module 4 : Understanding Quorums

Quorums determine the number of failures that a clsuter can sustain , and if additional failures occur , the cluster wills top running . In this module , we will discuss how to configure the quorum , and explain the options available


  • Node Majority
  • Node and Disk Majority
  • Node and File Share Majority
  • No Majority
  • Configuration

Lab : Understanding Quorums

  • Creating a Widows Failover Cluster
  • Understand node majority
  • Understand node and disk majority
  • Understand node and disk majority
  • Understand node and file share majority
  • Understand no majority
  • Understand configuration options
  • Understand and utilize quorums


Module 5 :AlwaysOn Availability Groups

SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups provide us the capability to group two or more databases and perform a failover of botj as a logical unit. In this module , we will explore how to configure and utilizie Availability Groups.


  • Application Failover 
  • Availability Group ( AG )
  • Availability Replica

Lab : AlwaysOn Availbility Groups 

  • Enable AlwaysOn in SQL Server 
  • Testing FailOver Cluster and Adding Sample  Dabases 
  • Create the High availability Group
  • Add Replica and Listener
  • Understand application failover
  • Understand availability groups
  • Understand availability replicas
  • Understand and utilize AlwaysOn availability groups


Module 6 : Secondary Availability Group Actions

In AlwaysOn Availability Groups , an active secondary can be used fo rthings like redirecting the read-only workload, off-loading the backup load , and other tasks. In this module , we discuss how an active secondary replica operates , and explore a  few tasks that can be tackled using a secondary


  • Active Secondary Replicas
  • Readable Secondary Replicas
  • Backups on Secondary Replicas

Lab : Secondary Availability Group Actions

  • None
  • Understand active secondary replicas
  • Understand readable secondary replicas
  • Understand backups on secondary  replicas
  • Understand and utiliza secondary availability group actions


Module 7 : Monitoring

In this module we will explain monitoring AlwaysOn Availbaility Groups , explore and utilize the Dashboard , and discuss troubleshooting tools.


  • Mointoring AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • Dashboard
  • Troubleshooting Tools

Lab : Monitoring 

  • Dashbboard 
  • Understand how to monitor AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • Understand how to utilize the Dashboard 
  • Understand the tools available for troubleshooting

Course ID: MS55153

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