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SQL 2014 Admin, Part 1: Configuring and Testing

with expert Chris Bell

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Release date Release date 5/10/2015
Level Level Advanced
Runtime Runtime 1h 13m
Platform Platform Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Windows Major browsers on Mac OSX Major browsers on Mac OSX Mobile Devices Mobile Devices
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Hands-on labs Hands-on labs N/A
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Course description

In this course you’ll start on configuring and testing SQL Server, you will be introduced to the SQL Server engines and learn how they process incoming requests to the database to get the results you expect in the most efficient ways possible. You will take a good look at the 3 main resources that SQL Server uses, the CPU, Memory, Disk I/O, and a 4th resource that that is commonly forgotten about. You will see how each of these affects the way SQL Server performs, and how the proper configuration of each helps to ensure a stable environment. Then you will cover planning for your SQL Server database’s growth. Then you will use Microsoft’s free SQLIO tool to test the I/O of our SQL Server’s hard drives. You will then see how to determine where performance maxes out based on the results of SQLIO.


This course assumes that students have working experience with SQL Server; basic relational database concepts (e.g., tables, queries, and indexing); general knowledge of XML, Transact-SQL, and a fundamental understanding of networking and security concepts.

Prepare for certification

This course will help you prepare for:
70-462 Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases

This course will help you earn:
MCSA: SQL Server 2012
MCSE: Data Platform
MCSE: Business Intelligence

Meet the expert

Chris Bell Chris Bell, MCITP, is an 18 year SQL Server veteran for both business intelligence and application development providing solutions for businesses, organizations and individuals. He is the founder and CEO of WaterOx Consulting, Inc., a provider of remote SQL Server consulting and services. Chris is also the founder and current President of the Washington DC chapter of PASS, and a member of the Board of Directors for CPCUG. Chris also frequently attends and presents at PASS events around the country, sharing his passion for all things SQL Server. In 2012, Chris was one of 5 finalists in the world for Red Gate’s Exceptional DBA Award.

Course outline

Configuring and Testing

Inside SQL Server (17:42)
  • Introduction (00:40)
  • A Quick Dive Inside SQL Server (01:09)
  • A Simple Query (03:27)
  • A Simple Update (02:00)
  • Dirty Pages (01:34)
  • Demo: Dirty Pages (01:48)
  • Three Main Resources - CPU (03:41)
  • Demo: Parallelism (03:00)
  • Summary (00:19)
Resources (12:18)
  • Introduction (00:24)
  • Three Main Resources - Memory (01:30)
  • Three Main Resources - I/O (02:03)
  • Three Main Resources - Other (01:14)
  • Planning For Growth - CPU (02:14)
  • Planning For Growth - Memory (01:16)
  • Demo: Memory Settings (03:23)
  • Summary (00:11)
Planning For Growth (10:47)
  • Introduction (00:33)
  • Planning For Growth - I/O & Files (02:20)
  • Demo: Identifying I/O (02:56)
  • Planning for Growth - Network (03:39)
  • Planning For Growth - Instances (01:05)
  • Summary (00:12)
SQLIO (20:15)
  • Introduction (00:24)
  • Testing SQL Server with SQLIO (02:14)
  • SQLIOStress (00:43)
  • Demo: SQLIO (02:24)
  • Demo: Running SQLIO (04:30)
  • Demo: Testing The Drives (04:13)
  • Demo: Write Functions (01:35)
  • Demo: SQL Tests (03:44)
  • Summary (00:22)
Partitioning (12:39)
  • Introduction (00:31)
  • Partitioning (00:40)
  • Partitioning - Benefits (01:25)
  • Partitioning - Components (01:47)
  • Creating a Partition (00:39)
  • Demo: Partitioning (05:27)
  • Demo: Viewing Partitions (01:54)
  • Summary (00:12)