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Implementing Azure SQL Databases

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Introduction to Azure SQL

Azure SQL is a relational database service in the Microsoft cloud based on Microsoft SQL Server. In this introduction module, participants are introduced to the available Service Tiers, the concept of a DTU and the pricing of Azure SQL.

  • What is Azure SQL?
  • Azure SQL Architecture
  • Azure SQL Pricing
  • Azure SQL Service Tiers and DTU's
  • Working with the Azure Management Portal
  • LAB: Introduction to Azure SQL

Azure SQL Management

In this module, participants will learn how to create an Azure SQL logical server. An Azure SQL server is a central administration point for multiple databases. Participants will also learn how to create an Azure SQL Database. Once the Azure SQL Server and Azure SQL Databases are up and running, Firewall rules must be configured to allow client applications to connect to the Azure SQL Databases.

  • Creating and configuring a Server in Azure SQL
  • Creating and configuring an Azure SQL Database
  • Implementing Firewall Rules
  • Overview of the Azure SQL Management Tools
  • LAB: Creating Azure SQL Databases

Developing and migrating Azure SQL Databases

In this module students will learn how on-premise SQL Server databases can be migrated to Azure SQL Server.

  • Creating tables, views, stored procedures, ...
  • Migrate an existing SQL Server database
  • Exporting and Importing BACPAC files of a SQL Database
  • Copy an Azure SQL Database
  • LAB: Migrating Azure SQL Databases

Azure SQL Database Client Connectivity

  • Connectivity Overview
  • Available Connectivity Libraries
  • Azure SQL Database Connection Strings

Scaling Azure SQL Databases

A common application pattern in building SaaS applications is to provision a single database for each customer. But different customers often have varying usage patterns making it difficult to predict the resource requirements for each individual database. Elastic Database Pools solve this problem by allowing you to purchase resources for a pool of databases. Within a Database Pool, each database can then request resources between specified minumum and maximum parameters.

  • Introducing Elastic Database Pools
  • Implementing Elastic Database Pools and working with eDTU's
  • Creating Elastic Database Pools
  • Configuring Elastic Databases
  • Monitoring Elastic Database Pools
  • Creating Elastic Jobs
  • LAB: Working with Elastic Database Pools and Elastic Jobs

Securing user access to Azure SQL databases

Authentication requires that users must prove their identity before they can login to an Azure SQL Server or Database. Authorization is used to control what users can actually do and see inside an Azure SQL Database. Participants will learn how they can work Logins and Users to configure the security of Azure SQL

  • Authentication overview
  • Configuring Authentication
  • Configuring Authorization
  • Creating Logins and Users
  • Working with contained databases
  • LAB: Securing user access to Azure SQL databases

Monitor an Azure SQL database

Azure SQL provides several ways for you to monitor your databases for issues, as well as look for ways to improve performance. You can create alerts using Microsoft Azure Monitor with metrics such as DTU, Database size percentage, and Deadlocks. You can also help improve your performance by using tools such as Query Performance Insight or SQL Database Advisor.

  • Configuring Database Auditing
  • Azure SQL Database threat detection
  • Query Performance Insight in Azure SQL Databases
  • Working with Extended Events
  • LAB: Monitoring Azure SQL databases

Backup, Restore and High Availability

This module describes the capabilities that Azure SQL Database provides for business continuity and disaster recovery. Students will learn about the backup and restore features of an Azure SQL Database, how to setup geo-replication of Azure SQL Databases.

  • Business Continuity overview
  • Backup of an Azure SQL database
  • Restoring an Azure SQL database
  • Geo-Restore of an Azure SQL database
  • Geo-Replication of Azure SQL databases
  • LAB: Backup, Restore and High Availability

Participants of this course will learn from both a DBA and database developer's perspective how to setup and implement Azure SQL databases. The complete database lifecycle from creating and configuring your servers and databases, developing new database objects or migrating existing databases and client applications will be covered.

This 2-day course is intended for existing DBA's and database developers who want to move their databases to Azure SQL. Participants of this course need to have a basic understanding of the Microsoft SQL Server platform.

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