MCITP Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-444): Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administration Solution Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005

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EXAM PREP GUIDE

Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCTS Exam 70-444—and on the job. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce what you’ve learned by applying your knowledge to real-world case scenarios and practice exercises. This official Microsoft study guide is designed to help you make the most of your study time.

Maximize your performance on the exam by learning to:

  • Monitor and troubleshoot queries, databases, and servers
  • Help defend against injection attacks, denial of service attacks, worms, and viruses
  • Manage security strategies and perform audits
  • Detect and resolve data conflicts
  • Diagnose faults and recover from database failures and disasters
  • Optimize database availability with failover clustering, database mirroring, log shipping, and replication
  • Customize a maintenance strategy and automate routine tasks
  • Build, debug, and deploy SQL Server Integration Services packages

PRACTICE TESTS

Assess your skills with practice tests on CD. You can work through hundreds of questions using multiple testing modes to meet your specific learning needs. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including a customized learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.

Your training kit includes:

  • 15% exam discount from Microsoft. (Limited time offer). Details inside.
  • Official self-paced study guide.
  • Practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results.
  • 400+ practice and review questions.
  • Case scenarios, practice exercises, and best practices.
  • 180-day evaluation version of Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition.
  • Fully searchable eBook of this guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735622548
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 10/25/2006
  • Series: PRO-Certification Ser.
  • Edition description: REV
  • Pages: 800
  • Product dimensions: 7.48 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 2.21 (d)

Meet the Author

Orin Thomas, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, Microsoft® MVP, is a consultant and writer whose books include the SELF-PACED TRAINING KITs for Exams 70-662, 70-680, 70-646, and 70-647. He is also a contributing editor to Windows® IT Pro magazine.

Ian McLean, MCITP, MCDBA, MCT, has 40 years' experience in the education and IT industries. He has coauthored numerous SELF-PACED TRAINING KITs covering Windows Server®, Windows® client, Microsoft Exchange Server, and SQL Server®; technologies.

Ian McLean, MCITP, MCDBA, MCT, has 40+ years of experience in the education and IT industries. He has coauthored numerous Self-Paced Training Kits covering Windows Server, Windows® client, Microsoft Exchange Server, and SQL Server® technologies.

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Table of Contents

Dedication;
Acknowledgments;
Introduction;
Hardware Requirements;
Software Requirements;
Using the CD and DVD;
Microsoft Certified Professional Program;
Technical Support;
Evaluation Edition Software Support;
Chapter 1: Troubleshooting Database and Server Performance;
1.1 Before You Begin;
1.2 Lesson 1: Troubleshooting Physical Server Performance;
1.3 Lesson 2: Troubleshooting Connectivity to a SQL Server Instance;
1.4 Lesson 3: Troubleshooting Database Performance;
1.5 Chapter Review;
1.6 Chapter Summary;
1.7 Key Terms;
1.8 Case Scenario;
1.9 Suggested Practices;
1.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 2: Analyzing Queries;
2.1 Before You Begin;
2.2 Lesson 1: Identifying Poorly Performing Queries;
2.3 Lesson 2: Analyzing a Query Plan to Detect Inefficiencies in Query Logic;
2.4 Lesson 3: Maintaining and Optimizing Indexes;
2.5 Lesson 4: Enforcing Appropriate Stored Procedure Logging and Output;
2.6 Lesson 5: Troubleshooting Concurrency Issues;
2.7 Chapter Review;
2.8 Chapter Summary;
2.9 Key Terms;
2.10 Case Scenario;
2.11 Suggested Practices;
2.12 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 3: Failure Diagnosis;
3.1 Before You Begin;
3.2 Lesson 1: Diagnosing Database Failures;
3.3 Lesson 2: Diagnosing Physical Server Failures;
3.4 Lesson 3: SQL Server Service Failures;
3.5 Chapter Review;
3.6 Chapter Summary;
3.7 Key Terms;
3.8 Case Scenarios;
3.9 Suggested Practices;
3.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 4: Disaster Recovery;
4.1 Before You Begin;
4.2 Lesson 1: Planning for Fault Tolerance;
4.3 Lesson 2: Recovering from Failure;
4.4 Lesson 3: Recovering from Database Disaster;
4.5 Lesson 4: Salvaging Data from a Damaged Database;
4.6 Chapter Summary;
4.7 Key Terms;
4.8 Case Scenarios;
4.9 Suggested Practices;
4.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 5: Performance Monitoring;
5.1 Before You Begin;
5.2 Lesson 1: Defining and Implementing Monitoring Standards for a Physical Server;
5.3 Lesson 2: Choosing the Appropriate Information to Monitor;
5.4 Chapter Review;
5.5 Chapter Summary;
5.6 Key Terms;
5.7 Case Scenarios;
5.8 Suggested Practices;
5.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 6: Database Maintenance;
6.1 Before You Begin;
6.2 Lesson 1: Creating and Implementing a Maintenance Strategy for Database Servers;
6.3 Lesson 2: Designing a Database Maintenance Plan;
6.4 Lesson 3: Managing Reporting Services;
6.5 Lesson 4: Designing a Strategy to Manage Data Across Linked Servers;
6.6 Chapter Review;
6.7 Chapter Summary;
6.8 Key Terms;
6.9 Case Scenarios;
6.10 Suggested Practices;
6.11 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 7: SQL Server Integration Services;
7.1 Before You Begin;
7.2 Lesson 1: Constructing SSIS Packages;
7.3 Lesson 2: Securing SSIS Packages;
7.4 Lesson 3: Troubleshooting SSIS Packages;
7.5 Lesson 4: Deploying SSIS Packages;
7.6 Chapter Review;
7.7 Chapter Summary;
7.8 Key Terms;
7.9 Case Scenarios;
7.10 Suggested Practices;
7.11 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 8: Design Data Integrity;
8.1 Before You Begin;
8.2 Lesson 1: Reconciling Data Conflicts;
8.3 Lesson 2: Making Implicit Constraints Explicit;
8.4 Lesson 3: Assigning Data Types to Control Characteristics of Data Stored in a Column;
8.5 Chapter Review;
8.6 Chapter Summary;
8.7 Key Terms;
8.8 Case Scenarios;
8.9 Suggested Practices;
8.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 9: Business Requirements;
9.1 Before You Begin;
9.2 Lesson 1: Enforcing Data Quality According to Business Requirements;
9.3 Lesson 2: Optimizing a Database Change Control Strategy to Meet Business Requirements;
9.4 Chapter Review;
9.5 Chapter Summary;
9.6 Key Terms;
9.7 Case Scenarios;
9.8 Suggested Practices;
9.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 10: Replication;
10.1 Before You Begin;
10.2 Lesson 1: Designing a Strategy to Manage Replication;
10.3 Chapter Review;
10.4 Chapter Summary;
10.5 Key Terms;
10.6 Case Scenarios;
10.7 Suggested Practices;
10.8 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 11: Security Strategies;
11.1 Before You Begin;
11.2 Lesson 1: Maintaining a Server-Level Security Strategy;
11.3 Lesson 2: Maintaining a User-Level Security Strategy;
11.4 Chapter Review;
11.5 Chapter Summary;
11.6 Key Terms;
11.7 Case Scenarios;
11.8 Suggested Practices;
11.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 12: Detecting and Responding to Attacks;
12.1 Before You Begin;
12.2 Lesson 1: Auditing the Existing Infrastructure;
12.3 Lesson 2: Protecting Against Threats and Attacks;
12.4 Chapter Review;
12.5 Chapter Summary;
12.6 Key Terms;
12.7 Case Scenarios;
12.8 Suggested Practices;
12.9 Take a Practice Test;
Appendix;
Configuring the Computers;
Glossary;
Answers;
Chapter 1: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 1: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 2: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 2: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 3: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 3: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 4: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 4: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 5: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 5: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 6: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 6: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 7: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 7: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 8: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 8: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 9: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 9: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 10: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 10: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 11: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 11: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 12: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 12: Case Scenario Answers;
System Requirements;
Hardware Requirements;
Software Requirements;
About the Authors;
Orin Thomas;
Ian McLean;
Exam 70-444: PRO: Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administration Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005;

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