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Microsoft MCA: Azure Database Administrator Associate (DP-300)

Course Length: 5 days
Certifications: MCA: Azure Database Administrator Associate
Number of Exams: 1

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08/24/20 - 08/28/20

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Exam DP-300: The Azure Database Administrator implements and manages the operational aspects of cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions built on Microsoft Azure data services and Microsoft SQL Server.

The Azure Database Administrator uses a variety of methods and tools to perform day-to-day operations, including applying knowledge of using T-SQL for administrative management purposes.

Skills measured

  • Plan and implement data platform resources
  • Implement a secure environment
  • Monitor and optimize operational resources
  • Optimize query performance
  • Perform automation of tasks
  • Plan and implement a High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) environment
  • Perform administration by using T-SQL

Course outline

Plan and Implement Data Platform Resources

Deploy resources by using manual methods
  • deploy database offerings on selected platforms
  • configure customized deployment templates
  • apply patches and updates for hybrid and IaaS deployment
Recommend an appropriate database offering based on specific requirements
  • evaluate requirements for the deployment
  • evaluate the functional benefits/impact of possible database offerings
  • evaluate the scalability of the possible database offering
  • evaluate the HA/DR of the possible database offering
  • evaluate the security aspects of the possible database offering
Configure resources for scale and performance
  • configure Azure SQL database/elastic pools for scale and performance
  • configure Azure SQL managed instances for scale and performance
  • configure SQL Server in Azure VMs for scale and performance
  • calculate resource requirements
  • evaluate database partitioning techniques, such as database sharding
Evaluate a strategy for moving to Azure
  • evaluate requirements for the migration
  • evaluate offline or online migration strategies
  • evaluate requirements for the upgrade
  • evaluate offline or online upgrade strategies
Implement a migration or upgrade strategy for moving to Azure
  • implement an online migration strategy
  • implement an offline migration strategy
  • implement an online upgrade strategy
  • implement an offline upgrade strategy

Implement a Secure Environment

Configure database authentication by using platform and database tools
  • configure Azure AD authentication
  • create users from Azure AD identities
  • configure security principals
Configure database authorization by using platform and database tools
  • configure database and object-level permissions using graphical tools
  • apply principle of least privilege for all securables
Implement security for data at rest
  • implement Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)
  • implement object-level encryption
  • implement Dynamic Data Masking
  • implement Azure Key Vault and disk encryption for Azure VMs
Implement security for data in transit
  • configure SQL DB and database-level firewall rules
  • implement Always Encrypted
  • configure Azure Data Gateway
Implement compliance controls for sensitive data
  • apply a data classification strategy
  • configure server and database audits
  • implement data change tracking
  • perform vulnerability assessment

Monitor and Optimize Operational Resources

Monitor activity and performance
  • prepare an operational performance baseline
  • determine sources for performance metrics
  • interpret performance metrics
  • assess database performance by using Azure SQL Database Intelligent Performance
  • configure and monitor activity and performance at the infrastructure, server, service, and database levels
Implement performance-related maintenance tasks
  • implement index maintenance tasks
  • implement statistics maintenance tasks
  • configure database auto-tuning
  • automate database maintenance tasks
  • manage storage capacity
Identify performance-related issues
  • configure Query Store to collect performance data
  • identify sessions that cause blocking
  • assess growth/fragmentation of databases and logs
  • assess performance-related database configuration parameters
Configure resources for optimal performance
  • configure storage and infrastructure resources
  • configure server and service account settings for performance
  • configure Resource Governor for performance
Configure a user database for optimal performance
  • implement database-scoped configuration
  • configure compute resources for scaling
  • configure Intelligent Query Processing (IQP)

Optimize Query Performance

Review query plans
  • determine the appropriate type of execution plan
  • identify problem areas in execution plans
  • extract query plans from the Query Store
Evaluate performance improvements
  • determine the appropriate Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) to gather query performance information
  • identify performance issues using DMVs
  • identify and implement index changes for queries
  • recommend query construct modifications based on resource usage
  • assess the use of hints for query performance
Review database table and index design
  • identify data quality issues with duplication of data
  • identify normal form of database
  • assess index design for performance
  • validate data types defined for columns
  • recommend table and index storage including filegroups
  • evaluate table partitioning strategy
  • evaluate the use of compression for tables and indexes

Perform Automation of Tasks

Create scheduled tasks
  • manage schedules for regular maintenance jobs
  • configure multi-server automation
  • configure notifications for task success/failure/non-completion
Evaluate and implement an alert and notification strategy
  • create event notifications based on metrics
  • create event notifications for Azure resources
  • create alerts for server configuration changes
  • create tasks that respond to event notifications
Manage and automate tasks in Azure
  • perform automated deployment methods for resources
  • automate Backups
  • automate performance tuning and patching
  • implement policies by using automated evaluation modes

Plan and Implement a High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) Environment

Recommend an HADR strategy for a data platform solution
  • recommend HADR strategy based on RPO/RTO requirements
  • evaluate HADR for hybrid deployments
  • evaluate Azure-specific HADR solutions
  • identify resources for HADR solutions
Test an HADR strategy by using platform, OS and database tools
  • test HA by using failover
  • test DR by using failover or restore
Perform backup and restore a database by using database tools
  • perform a database backup with options
  • perform a database restore with options
  • perform a database restore to a point in time
  • configure long-term backup retention
Configure DR by using platform and database tools
  • configure replication
  • configure Azure Site Recovery for a database offering
Configure HA using platform, OS and database tools
  • create an Availability Group
  • integrate a database into an Availability Group
  • configure quorum options for a Windows Server Failover Cluster
  • configure an Availability Group listener

Perform Administration by Using T-SQL

Examine system health
  • evaluate database health using DMVs
  • evaluate server health using DMVs
  • perform database consistency checks by using DBCC
Monitor database configuration by using T-SQL
  • assess proper database autogrowth configuration
  • report on database free space
  • review database configuration options
Perform backup and restore a database by using T-SQL
  • prepare databases for AlwaysOn Availability Groups
  • perform transaction log backup
  • perform restore of user databases
  • perform database backups with options
Manage authentication by using T-SQL
  • manage certificates
  • manage security principals
Manage authorization by using T-SQL
  • configure permissions for users to access database objects
  • configure permissions by using custom roles

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