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Exam 70-744 Securing Windows Server 2016 (In development)

Published: November 3, 2016
Languages: English
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2016
Credit toward certification: MCSE

Skills measured
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Implement server hardening solutions (25–30%)
Configure disk and file encryption
Determine hardware and firmware requirements for secure boot and encryption key functionality; deploy BitLocker encryption; deploy BitLocker without a Trusted Platform Module (TPM); deploy BitLocker with a TPM only; configure the Network Unlock feature; configure BitLocker Group Policy settings; enable Bitlocker to use secure boot for platform and BCD integrity validation; configure BitLocker on Clustered Shared Volumes (CSVs) and Storage Area Networks (SANs); implement BitLocker Recovery Process using self-recovery and recovery password retrieval solutions; configure BitLocker for virtual machines (VMs) in Hyper-V; determine usage scenarios for Encrypting File System (EFS); configure the EFS recovery agent; manage EFS and BitLocker certificates, including backup and restore
Implement server patching and updating solutions
Install and configure Windows Server Update Services (WSUS), manage updates using WSUS, create computer groups, configure update approvals and deployments, configure automatic updates, configure WSUS reporting, troubleshoot WSUS configuration and deployments
Implement malware protection
Implement antimalware solution with Windows Defender, integrate Windows Defender with WSUS and Windows Update, configure Windows Defender using Group Policy, configure Windows Defender scans using Windows PowerShell, implement AppLocker rules, implement AppLocker rules using Windows PowerShell, implement Control Flow Guard, implement Code Integrity (Device Guard) Policies, create Code Integrity policy rules, create Code Integrity file rules
Protect credentials
Determine requirements for implementing Credential Guard; configure Credential Guard using Group Policy, WMI, command prompt, and Windows PowerShell; implement NTLM blocking
Create security baselines
Install and configure Security Compliance Manager (SCM); create, view, and import security baselines; deploy configurations to domain and non-domain joined servers

Secure a virtualization infrastructure (5–10%)
Implement a Guarded Fabric solution
Install and configure the Host Guardian Service (HGS), configure Admin-trusted attestation, configure TPM-trusted attestation, configure the Key Protection Service using HGS, migrate Shielded VMs to other guarded hosts, configure Nano Server as TPM attested guarded host, troubleshoot guarded hosts
Implement Shielded and encryption-supported VMs
Determine requirements and scenarios for implementing Shielded VMs, create a Shielded VM using only a Hyper-V environment, enable and configure vTPM to allow an operating system and data disk encryption within a VM, determine requirements and scenarios for implementing encryption-supported VMs, troubleshoot Shielded and encryption-supported VMs

Secure a network infrastructure (10–15%)
Configure Windows Firewall
Configure Windows Firewall with Advanced Security; configure network location profiles; configure and deploy profile rules; configure firewall rules for multiple profiles using Group Policy; configure connection security rules using Group Policy, the GUI management console, or Windows PowerShell; configure Windows Firewall to allow or deny applications, scopes, ports, and users using Group Policy, the GUI management console, or Windows PowerShell; configure authenticated firewall exceptions; import and export settings
Implement a software-defined Distributed Firewall
Determine requirements and scenarios for Distributed Firewall implementation with software-defined networking, determine usage scenarios for Distributed Firewall policies and network security groups
Secure network traffic
Configure IPsec transport and tunnel modes, configure IPsec authentication options, configure connection security rules, implement isolation zones, implement domain isolation, implement server isolation zones, determine SMB 3.1.1 protocol security scenarios and implementations, enable SMB encryption on SMB Shares, configure SMB signing via Group Policy, disable SMB 1.0, secure DNS traffic using DNSSEC and DNS policies, install and configure Microsoft Message Analyzer (MMA) to analyze network traffic

Manage privileged identities (25–30%)
Implement an Enhanced Security Administrative Environment (ESAE) administrative forest design approach
Determine usage scenarios and requirements for implementing ESAE forest design architecture to create a dedicated administrative forest, determine usage scenarios and requirements for implementing clean source principals in an Active Directory architecture
Implement Just-in-Time (JIT) Administration
Create a new administrative (bastion) forest in an existing Active Directory environment using Microsoft Identity Manager (MIM), configure trusts between production and bastion forests, create shadow principals in bastion forest, configure the MIM web portal, request privileged access using the MIM web portal, determine requirements and usage scenarios for Privileged Access Management (PAM) solutions, create and implement MIM policies, implement Just-in-Time administration principals using time-based policies, request privileged access using Windows PowerShell
Implement Just-Enough-Administration (JEA)
Enable a JEA solution on Windows Server 2016; create and configure session configuration files, create and configure role capability files, create a JEA endpoint, connect to a JEA endpoint on a server for administration, view logs, download WMF 5.1 to a Windows Server 2008 R2, configure a JEA endpoint on a server using Desired State Configuration (DSC)
Implement Privileged Access Workstations (PAWs) and User Rights Assignments
Implement a PAWS solution, configure User Rights Assignment group policies, configure security options settings in Group Policy, enable and configure Remote Credential Guard for remote desktop access
Implement Local Administrator Password Solution (LAPS)
Install and configure the LAPS tool, secure local administrator passwords using LAPS, manage password parameters and properties using LAPS

Implement threat detection solutions (15–20%)
Configure advanced audit policies
Determine the differences and usage scenarios for using local audit policies and advanced auditing policies; implement auditing using Group Policy and AuditPol.exe; implement auditing using Windows PowerShell; create expression-based audit policies; configure the Audit PNP Activity policy; configure the Audit Group Membership policy; enable and configure Module, Script Block, and Transcription logging in Windows PowerShell
Install and configure Microsoft Advanced Threat Analytics (ATA)
Determine usage scenarios for ATA; determine deployment requirements for ATA, install and configure ATA Gateway on a dedicated server, install and configure ATA Lightweight Gateway directly on a domain controller, configure alerts in ATA Center when suspicious activity is detected, review and edit suspicious activities on the attack time line
Determine threat detection solutions using Operations Management Suite (OMS)
Determine usage and deployment scenarios for OMS, determine security and auditing functions available for use; determine Log Analytics usage scenarios

Implement workload-specific security (5–10%)
Secure application development and server workload infrastructure
Determine usage scenarios, supported server workloads, and requirements for Nano Server deployments; install and configure Nano Server; implement security policies on Nano Servers using Desired State Configuration (DSC); determine usage scenarios and requirements for Windows Server and Hyper-V containers; install and configure Hyper-V containers
Implement a secure file services infrastructure and Dynamic Access Control (DAC)
Install the File Server Resource Manager (FSRM) role service, configure quotas, configure file screens, configure storage reports, configure file management tasks, configure File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) using FSRM, implement work folders, configure file access auditing, configure user and device claim types, implement policy changes and staging, perform access-denied remediation, create and configure Central Access rules and policies, create and configure resource properties and lists

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Exam 70-980 Recertification for MCSE: Server Infrastructure

Published: September 12, 2014
Languages: English, Japanese
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2012
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSE

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Plan and deploy a server infrastructure
Plan and deploy Virtual Machine Manager services
Design Virtual Machine Manager service templates, define operating system profiles, configure hardware and capability profiles, manage services, configure image and template libraries, manage logical networks
Plan and implement file and storage services
Planning considerations, including iSCSI SANs, Fibre Channel SANs, Virtual Fibre Channel, storage spaces, storage pools, and data deduplication; configure the iSCSI Target server; configure the Internet Storage Name server (iSNS); configure Network File System (NFS); install Device Specific Modules (DSMs)

Design and implement network infrastructure services
Design a name resolution solution strategy
Design considerations, including secure name resolution, DNSSEC, DNS Socket Pool, cache locking, disjoint namespaces, DNS interoperability, migration to application partitions, IPv6, Single-Label DNS Name Resolution, zone hierarchy, and zone delegation
Design and manage an IP address management solution
Design considerations, including IP address management technologies, such as IPAM, Group Policy based, and manual provisioning, and distributed versus centralized placement; configure role-based access control; configure IPAM auditing; migrate IPs; manage and monitor multiple DHCP and DNS servers; configure data collection for IPAM

Design and implement network access services
Design a VPN solution
Design considerations, including certificate deployment, firewall configuration, client/site to site, bandwidth, protocol implications, and VPN deployment configurations using Connection Manager Administration Kit (CMAK)
Design a DirectAccess solution
Design considerations, including topology, migration from Forefront UAG, DirectAccess deployment, and enterprise certificates
Design a Web Application Proxy solution
Design considerations, including planning for applications, authentication, and authorization, Workplace Join, devices, multifactor authentication, multifactor access control, single sign-on (SSO), certificates, and planning access for internal and external clients
Implement a scalable remote access solution
Configure site-to-site VPN, configure packet filters, implement packet tracing, implement multi-site Remote Access, configure Remote Access clustered with Network Load Balancing (NLB), configure DirectAccess
Design and implement a network protection solution
Design considerations, including Network Access Protection (NAP) enforcement methods for DHCP, IPSec, VPN, and 802.1x, capacity, placement of servers, firewall, Network Policy Server (NPS), and remediation network, configure NAP enforcement for IPsec and 802.1x, monitor for compliance

Design and implement an Active Directory infrastructure (logical)
Design a Group Policy strategy
Design considerations, including inheritance blocking, enforced policies, loopback processing, security, and WMI filtering, site-linked Group Policy Objects (GPOs), slow-link processing, group strategies, organizational unit (OU) hierarchy, and Advanced Group Policy Management (AGPM)

Design and implement an Active Directory infrastructure (physical)
Design a domain controller strategy
Design considerations, including global catalog, operations master roles, Read-Only Domain Controllers (RODCs), partial attribute set, and domain controller cloning
Design and implement a branch office infrastructure
Design considerations, including RODC, Universal Group Membership Caching (UGMC), global catalog, DNS, DHCP, and BranchCache; implement confidential attributes; delegate administration; modify filtered attributes set; configure password replication policy; configure hash publication

Manage and maintain a server infrastructure
Design a monitoring strategy
Design considerations, including monitoring servers using Audit Collection Services (ACS), performance monitoring, centralized monitoring, and centralized reporting; implement and optimize System Center 2012 – Operations Manager management packs; plan for monitoring Active Directory
Implement automated remediation
Create an Update Baseline in Virtual Machine Manager; implement a Desired Configuration Management (DCM) Baseline; implement Virtual Machine Manager integration with Operations Manager; configure Virtual Machine Manager to move a virtual machine (VM) dynamically, based on policy; integrate System Center 2012 for automatic remediation into your existing enterprise infrastructure

Plan and implement failover clustering

Plan and implement failover clustering
Plan for multi-node and multi-site clustering; design considerations, including redundant networks, network priority settings, resource failover and failback, heartbeat and DNS settings, Quorum configuration, and storage placement and replication
Plan and implement highly available network services
Plan for and configure NLB; design considerations, including fault-tolerant networking, multicast versus unicast configuration, state management, and automated deployment of NLB using Virtual Machine Manager service templates
Plan and implement highly available storage solutions
Plan for and configure storage spaces and storage pools; design highly available, multi-replica DFS namespaces; plan for and configure multi-path I/O, including Server Core; configure highly available iSCSI Target and iSNS Server
Plan and implement highly available roles
Plan for a highly available Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Server, Hyper-V clustering, Continuously Available File Shares, and a DFS Namespace Server; plan for and implement highly available applications, services, and scripts using Generic Application, Generic Script, and Generic Service clustering roles
Plan and implement a business continuity and disaster recovery solution
Plan a backup and recovery strategy; planning considerations, including Active Directory domain and forest recovery, Hyper-V replica, domain controller restore and cloning, and Active Directory object and container restore using authoritative restore and Recycle Bin

Plan and implement a server virtualization infrastructure
Plan and implement virtualization hosts
Plan for and implement delegation of virtualization environment (hosts, services, and VMs), including self-service capabilities; plan and implement multi-host libraries, including equivalent objects; plan for and implement host resource optimization; integrate third-party virtualization platforms
Plan and implement virtual machines
Plan for and implement highly available VMs; plan for and implement guest resource optimization, including shared VHDx; configure placement rules; create Virtual Machine Manager templates
Plan and implement virtualization networking
Plan for and configure Virtual Machine Manager logical networks, including virtual switch extensions and logical switches; plan for and configure IP address and MAC address settings across multiple Hyper-V hosts, including network virtualization; plan for and configure virtual network optimization; plan and implement Windows Server Gateway; plan and implement VLANs and pVLANs; plan and implement virtual machine networks; plan and implement converged networks
Plan and implement virtualization storage
Plan for and configure Hyper-V host clustered storage; plan for and configure Hyper-V virtual machine storage, including virtual Fibre Channel, iSCSI, and shared VHDx; plan for storage optimization; plan and implement storage using SMB 3.0 file shares
Plan and implement virtual machine movement
Plan for and configure live and storage migration between Hyper-V hosts; plan for and manage P2V and V2V; plan and implement virtual machine migration between clouds
Manage and maintain a server virtualization infrastructure
Manage dynamic optimization and resource optimization, integrate Operations Manager with System Center Virtual Machine Manager and System Center Service Manager, update virtual machine images in libraries, plan for and implement backup and recovery of virtualization infrastructure by using System Center Data Protection Manager (DPM)

Design and implement identity and access solutions
Design and implement a federated identity solution
Plan for and implement claims-based authentication, including planning and implementing Relying Party Trusts; plan for and configure Claims Provider and Relying Party Trust claim rules; plan for and configure attribute stores, including Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services (AD LDS); plan for and manage Active Directory Federation Services (AD FS) certificates; plan for and implement Identity Integration with cloud services; integrate Web Application Proxy with AD FS
Design and implement Active Directory Rights Management Services (AD RMS)
Plan for highly available AD RMS deployment, plan for AD RMS client deployment, manage Trusted User Domains, manage Trusted Publishing Domains, manage Federated Identity support, upgrade or migrate AD RMS, decommission AD RMS

QUESTION 1
You implement and authorize the new DHCP servers. You import the server configurations and the scope configurations from PA1 and AM1.
You need to ensure that clients can obtain DHCP address assignments after you shut down PA1 and AM1. The solution must meet the technical requirements.
What should you do?

A. Run the Get-DhcpServerv4Lease cmdlet and the Remove-DhcpServerv4Lease cmdlet. Run the Windows Server Migration Tools.
B. Run the Get-DhcpServerv4Lease cmdlet and the Add-DhcpServerv4Lease cmdlet. Activate the scopes.
C. Run the Get-DhcpServerv4FreeIPAddress cmdlet and the Invoke-DhcpServerv4FailoverReplication cmdlet. Run the Windows Server Migration Tools.
D. Run the Get-DhcpServerv4FreeIPAddress cmdlet and the Invoke-DhcpServerv4FailoverReplication cmdlet Activate the scopes.

Answer: B


QUESTION 2
You need to recommend a management solution for the GPOs. The solution must meet the technical requirements. What should you include in the recommendation?

A. Microsoft Baseline Security Analyzer (MBSA)
B. Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP)
C. Microsoft System Center 2012 Operations Manager
D. Microsoft System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager (DPM)

Answer: B

Explanation:

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Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack
Windows Vista Enterprise helps global organizations and enterprises with complex IT infrastructures lower IT costs, reduce risk, and stay connected. The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack for Software Assurance further extends this value by reducing application deployment costs, enabling delivery of applications as services, and allowing for better management and control of enterprise desktop environments. Together these technologies deliver a highly cost-effective and flexible Windows desktop management solution.
What is the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack?
The Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack (MDOP) for Software Assurance is an add-on subscription license available to Software Assurance customers. It uses innovative technologies to help reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the Windows desktop by accelerating operating system and application management and enhancing IT responsiveness and end-user uptime. It will enable you to better control the desktop, accelerate and simplify desktop deployments and management, and create a dynamic infrastructure by turning software into centrally managed services.
MDOP facilitates accelerated deployment and manageability of Windows through these innovative technologies— available only to Windows Software Assurance customers. http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc507880.aspx


QUESTION 3
You are planning the decommissioning of research.contoso.com.
You need to ensure that an administrator named Admin5 in the research department can manage the user accounts that are migrated to contoso.com. The solution must minimize the number of permissions assigned to Admin5.
What should you do before you migrate the user accounts?

A. Run the New-Object cmdlet, and then run the Add-ADPrincipalGroupMembershipcmdlet.
B. Create a new organizational unit (OU), and then add Admin5 to the Account Operators group.
C. Create a new organizational unit (OU), and then run the Delegation of Control Wizard.
D. Run the New-Object cmdlet, and then run the Add-ADCentralAccessPolicyMembercmdlet.

Answer: C

Explanation:

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QUESTION 4
You need to recommend changes to the DNS environment that support the implementation of the sales.contoso.com domain. The solution must ensure that the users in all of the
domains can resolve both Internet names and the names of the servers in all of the internal domains.
What should you recommend?

A. On the DNS servers in contoso.com, configure a reverse lookup zone. On the DNS servers in sales.contoso.com, configure a conditional forwarder to contoso.com.
B. On the DNS servers in contoso.com, add a conditional forwarder to the sales.contoso.com zone. On the DNS servers in sales.contoso.com, add a forwarder to the DNS servers of the company’s ISP.
C. On the DNS servers in contoso.com, create a zone delegation in the contoso.com zone. On the DNS servers in sales.contoso.com, add a forwarder to the contoso.com DNS servers.
D. On the DNS servers in contoso.com, configure a conditional forwarder to sales.contoso.com. On the DNS servers in sales.contoso.com, configure a reverse zone.

Answer: C

Explanation:

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QUESTION 5
You are evaluating the implementation of data deduplication on the planned Windows Server 2012 file servers.
The planned servers will have the identical disk configurations as the current servers.
You need to identify which volumes can be enabled for data deduplication.
Which volumes should you identify? (Each correct answer presents part of the solution. Choose all that apply.)

A. C
B. D
C. E
D. The CSV
E. DATA

Answer: C,E

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Exam 70-981 Recertification for MCSE: Private Cloud

Published: August 13, 2014
Languages: English, Japanese
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Windows Server 2012
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSE

Skills measured
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Configure data center process automation
Implement workflows
Implement SCO Runbook automation; automate remediation of incidents, including resolution of System Center Virtual Machine‒based incidents; design and build end-to-end automation, incorporating System Center 2012 technologies; implement change control and problem resolution workflows
Implement service offerings
Add a new service offering to the service catalog, create a custom workflow using the Service Manager console, reference Orchestrator workflows in Service Manager, implement self-service provisioning of virtual machines

Deploy resource monitoring
Deploy end-to-end monitoring
Deploy agents, discover and deploy network device monitoring, import and configure management packs, deploy and configure monitoring of a heterogeneous virtualization infrastructure
Configure end-to-end monitoring
Configure overrides, create synthetic transactions, configure Outside-In monitoring, configure application performance monitoring (APM), create distributed application models, integrate the monitoring infrastructure with Global Service Monitor (GSM)
Create monitoring reports and dashboards
Implement service-level tracking; implement reports, including chargeback reports and System Center Manager data warehouse reports; implement dashboards

Configure and maintain service management
Implement service level management
Define service level objectives (SLOs) and service level agreements (SLAs); implement SLA management and escalation; maintain SLAs, including planning for future growth; analyze SLAs (reporting)
Manage problems and incidents
Customize problem management, link incidents to problems, and resolve problems; raise, assign, and resolve incidents; perform root cause analysis/diagnosis; integrate problem and incident resolution with change management; create and manage a knowledge base
Manage cloud resources
Deploy new applications to private and public clouds; deploy virtual machine (VM)/service (applications, SQL, roles), deploy multi-tier applications by using service templates, manage applications in private and public clouds, manage VM hardware (CPUs, dynamic memory), manage self service

Configure the fabric
Configure the storage fabric
Classification and pools, providers, arrays, file server cluster, storage pools, file shares
Configure the network fabric
Logical networks; VM networks; IP/MAC resource pools; VIP templates; load balancing; logical switches; network isolation, including network virtualization with Windows Server Gateway; private VLANs and VLANs
Configure and manage the deployment and update servers
Integrate a Windows Server Update Services (WSUS) server into the Virtual Machine Manager fabric; configure and manage a library server; integrate Windows Deployment Services (WDS)/PXE into the Virtual Machine Manager fabric, including virtualization host deployment using Windows Deployment Services (WDS)
Configure clouds and virtualization hosts
Clouds and host groups, configure and deploy virtualization hosts

Configure System Center integration
Configure private cloud integration
Configure Operations Manager connectors; Orchestrator integration packs; Service Manager connectors; SharePoint integration; configure IP Address Management (IPAM) server integration, configure AppController
Configure integration of private and public clouds
Configure Service Provider Framework (SPF), configure Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

QUESTION 1
You need to implement a solution to meet the IM requirements for the help desk users.
What should you do?

A. Install Unified Communications Managed API 3.0 Runtime on LON-SM1.
B. Install the Lync 2010 client on LON-SM1.
C. Create a Service Manager workflow.
D. Create an IM channel.

Answer: B

Explanation:
Ref: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh495482.aspx


QUESTION 2
You need to implement the alert notifications. The solution must meet the technical requirements. A Lync Server administrator enables an account named ADATUM\IMUser for Unified Communications. What should you do next?

A. Configure ADATUM\IMUser as a Run As Account. Install the Lync Management Pack. Create a notification subscriber and an IM channel.
B. Create a mailbox for the ADATUM\IMUser account Install the Exchange Server Management Pack. Create a notification subscriber and an SMTP channel.
C. Create a mailbox for the ADATUM\IMUser account. Install Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Runtime. Create a notification subscriber and an SMTP channel.
D. Configure ADATUM\IMUser as a Run As Account. Install Unified Communications
Managed API 3.0 Runtime. Create a notification subscriber and an IM channel.

Answer: D


QUESTION 3
You need to recommend a solution to remediate the Exchange Server 2010 service failures. The solution must meet the technical requirements.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. Create a service request workflow that triggers a dependent activity.
B. Create an incident event workflow that triggers a dependent activity.
C. Create an incident event workflow that triggers a runbook activity.
D. Create a service request workflow that triggers a runbook activity.

Answer: C


QUESTION 4
You need to recommend a solution to meet the monitoring requirements for App2.
What should you include in the recommendation? (More than one answer choice may achieve the goal. Select the BEST answer.)

A. An aggregate rollup monitor
B. A distributed application
C. A dependency rollup monitor
D. Service monitors

Answer: B


QUESTION 5
You need to recommend a solution to ensure that the sales department managers can create instances of App1 in Cloud1.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. A subscription in App Controller and a task in Service Manager
B. A dashboard in Operations Manager and a distributed application
C. A task in Operations Manager and a distributed application
D. A service offering in Service Manager and a runbook in Orchestrator

Answer: D

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Exam 70-470 Recertification for MCSE: Business Intelligence

Published: August 10, 2014
Languages: English, Japanese
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft SQL Server 2014
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSE

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Build an analysis services multidimensional database
Implement a cube
Use SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence (SSDT-BI) to build the cube; use SSDT-BI to do non-additive or semi-additive measures in a cube, define measures, specify perspectives, define translations, define dimension usage, define cube-specific dimension properties, define measure groups, implement reference dimensions, implement many-to-many relationships, implement fact relationships, implement role-playing relationships, create and manage linked measure groups and linked dimensions, create actions
Implement custom logic in a data model
Define key performance indicators (KPIs); define calculated members; create relative measures (growth, YoY, same period last year), percentage of total using MDX; named sets; add Time Intelligence; implement ranking and percentile; define MDX script to import partial PowerPivot model
Select an appropriate model for data analysis
Select Tabular versus Multidimensional based on scalability needs, traditional hierarchical, data volume; select appropriate organizational BI, such as corporate BI or PowerBI, and team and personal BI needs and data status

Manage, maintain, and troubleshoot a SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) database
Process data models
Define processing of tables or partitions for tabular and multidimensional models; define processing of databases, cubes, and dimensions for multidimensional models; select full processing versus incremental processing; define remote processing; define lazy aggregations; automate with Analysis Management Objects (AMO) or XML for Analysis (XMLA); process and manage partitions by using PowerShell
Install and maintain an SSAS instance
Install SSAS; install development tools; identify development and production installation considerations; upgrade SSAS instance; define data file and program file location; plan for Administrator accounts; define server and database level security; support scale-out read-only; update SSAS (service packs); install and maintain each instance type of Analysis Services, including PowerPivot; restore and import PowerPivot; back up and restore by using PowerShell

Build a tabular data model
Implement a tabular data model
Define tables, import data, define calculated columns, define relationships, define hierarchies and perspectives, manage visibility of columns and tables, embed links, optimize BISM for Power View, mark a date table, sort a column by another column
Implement data access for a tabular data model
Manage partitions, processing, select xVelocity versus DirectQuery for data access

Build a report with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS)
Design a report
Select report components (crosstab report, Tablix, design chart, data visualization components), design report templates (Report Definition Language), identify the data source and parameters; design a grouping structure; drill-down reports, drill-through reports; determine if any expressions are required to display data that is not coming directly from the data source
Manage a report environment
Manage subscriptions and subscription settings; define data-driven subscriptions; manage data sources; integrate SharePoint Server; define email delivery settings; manage the number of snapshots; manage schedules, running jobs, and report server logs; manage report server databases; manage the encryption keys; set up the execution log reporting; review the reports; configure site-level settings; design report lifecycle; automate management of reporting services; create a report organization structure; install and configure reporting services; deploy custom assemblies
Configure report data sources and datasets
Select appropriate query types (stored procedure versus table versus text only); configure parameterized connection strings (dynamic connection strings); define filter location (dataset versus query); configure data source options, for example, extract and connect to multiple data sources; shared and embedded data sources and datasets; use custom expressions in data sources; connect to Microsoft Azure SQL database; connect to Microsoft Azure Marketplace; implement DAX and MDX queries to retrieve appropriate data sets; work with non-relational data sources, such as XML or SharePoint lists; connect to HDInsight Server

Plan business intelligence (BI) infrastructure
Plan for performance
Optimize batch procedures: extract, transform, load (ETL) in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)/SQL and processing phase in Analysis Services; configure Proactive Caching within SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) for different scenarios; understand performance consequences of named queries in a data source view; analyze and optimize performance, including Multidimensional Expression (MDX) and Data Analysis Expression (DAX) queries; understand the difference between partitioning for load performance versus query performance in SSAS; appropriately index a fact table; optimize Analysis Services cubes in SQL Server Data Tools; create aggregations

Design BI infrastructure
Design a high availability and disaster recovery strategy
Design a recovery strategy, back up and restore SSAS databases, back up and restore SSRS databases, move and restore the SSIS Catalog, design an AlwaysON solution

Design a reporting solution
Design a Reporting Services dataset
Design appropriate data query parameters, create appropriate SQL queries, create appropriate DAX queries for an application, manage data rights and security, extract data from analysis services by using MDX queries, balance query-based processing versus filter-based processing, manage data sets through the use of stored procedures
Manage Excel Services/reporting for SharePoint
Configure data refresh schedules for PowerPivot published to SharePoint, publish BI info to SharePoint, use SharePoint to accomplish BI administrative tasks, install and configure Power View, publish PowerPivot and Power View to SharePoint
Design BI reporting solution architecture
Linked drill-down reports, drill-through reports, and sub reports; design report migration strategies; access report services API; design code-behind strategies; identify when to use Reporting Services (RS), Report Builder (RB), or Power View; design and implement context transfer when interlinking all types of reports (RS, RB, Power View, Excel); implement BI tools for reporting in SharePoint (Excel Services versus PowerView versus Reporting Services); select a subscription strategy; enable Data Alerts; design map visualization

Design BI data models
Design the data warehouse
Design a data model that is optimized for reporting; design and build a cube on top; design enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and OLAP cubes; choose between natural keys and surrogate keys when designing the data warehouse; use SQL Server to design, implement, and maintain a data warehouse, including partitioning, slowly changing dimensions (SCD), change data capture (CDC), Index Views, and column store indexes; identify design best practices; implement a many-to-many relationship in an OLAP cube; design a data mart/warehouse in reverse from an Analysis Services cube; implement incremental data load; choose between performing aggregation operations in the SSIS pipeline or the relational engine
Design cube architecture
Partition cubes and build aggregation strategies for the separate partitions; design a data model; choose the proper partitioning strategy for the data warehouse and cube; design the data file layout; identify the aggregation method for a measure in a MOLAP cube; performance tune a MOLAP cube using aggregations; design a data source view; design for cube drill-through and write back actions; choose the correct grain of data to store in a measure group; design analysis services processing by using indexes, indexed views, and order by statements

Design an ETL solution
Design SSIS package execution
Use the new project deployment model; pass values at execution time; share parameters between packages; plan for incremental loads versus full loads; optimize execution by using Balanced Data Distributor (BDD); choose optimal processing strategy (including Script transform, flat file incremental loads, and Derived Column transform)
Plan to deploy SSIS solutions
Deploy the package to another server with different security requirements, secure integration services packages that are deployed at the file system, demonstrate awareness of SSIS packages/projects and how they interact with environments (including recoverability), decide between performing aggregation operations in the SSIS pipeline or the relational engine, plan to automate SSIS deployment, plan the administration of the SSIS Catalog database

QUESTION 1
You need to identify the reports that produce the errors that Marc is receiving.
What should you do?

A. Write a query by using the Subscriptions table in the report server database.
B. Use the Windows Event Viewer to search the Application log for errors.
C. Write a query by using the ExecutionLog3 view in the report server database.
D. Search the ReportServerService_<timestamp>.log file for errors.

Answer: C


QUESTION 2
You need to deploy the StandardReports project.
What should you do? (Each correct answer presents a complete solution. Choose all that apply.)

A. Deploy the project from SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT).
B. Use the Analysis Services Deployment utility to create an XMLA deployment script.
C. Use the Analysis Services Deployment wizard to create an MDX deployment script.
D. Use the Analysis Services Deployment wizard to create an XMLA deployment script.

Answer: A,D

Explanation: There are several methods you can use to deploy a tabular model project. Most of the deployment methods that can be used for other Analysis Services projects, such as multidimensional, can also be used to deploy tabular model projects.
A: Deploy command in SQL Server Data Tools
The Deploy command provides a simple and intuitive method to deploy a tabular model project from the SQL Server Data Tools authoring environment.
Caution:
This method should not be used to deploy to production servers. Using this method can overwrite certain properties in an existing model.
D: The Analysis Services Deployment Wizard uses the XML output files generated from a Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services project as input files. These input files are easily modifiable to customize the deployment of an Analysis Services project. The generated deployment script can then either be immediately run or saved for later deployment.
Incorrect:
not B: The Microsoft.AnalysisServices.Deployment utility lets you start the Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services deployment engine from the command prompt. As input file, the utility uses the XML output files generated by building an Analysis Services project in SQL Server Data Tools (SSDT).


QUESTION 3
You need create the data source view for the StandardReports project.
What should you do?

A. Generate a relational schema from the dimensions and cubes by using the Schema Generation wizard.
B. Create a data source, connect it to the data warehouse, and then use the Data Source View wizard.
C. Execute the Import from Table wizard and then use the Data Source View wizard.
D. Create a new data source view and then use the Import from Table wizard.

Answer: B


QUESTION 4
You need to ascertain why Marc did not receive his reports.
What should you do?

A. Search the ReportServerService_<timestamp>.log file for errors.
B. Search the registry for errors.
C. Use the Windows Event Viewer to search the Application log for errors.
D. Use SQL Server Management Studio to search the SQL Server logs for errors.

Answer: B


QUESTION 5
You need to create a measure for DOD sales.
What should you do? (Each correct answer presents part of the solution. Choose all that apply.)

A. Specify a date table by using a Mark as Date table.
B. Use the Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) PARALLELPERIOD() function.
C. Use the Business Intelligence Wizard to define time intelligence.
D. Use the Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) LAG() function.

Answer: A,C

Explanation: * From scenario:
A measure must be created to calculate day-over-day (DOD) sales by region based on order date.
A: Specify Mark as Date Table for use with Time Intelligence (SSAS Tabular)
In order to use time intelligence functions in DAX formulas, you must specify a date table and a unique identifier (datetime) column of the Date data type. Once a column in the date table is specified as a unique identifier, you can create relationships between columns in the date table and any fact tables.
C: The time intelligence enhancement is a cube enhancement that adds time calculations (or time views) to a selected hierarchy. This enhancement supports the following categories of calculations:
Period to date.
Period over period growth. Moving averages.
Parallel period comparisons.

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Exam 70-467 Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server

Published: June 11, 2012
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft SQL Server
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSE

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

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Plan business intelligence (BI) infrastructure (15–20%)
Plan for performance
Optimize batch procedures: extract, transform, load (ETL) in SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS)/SQL and processing phase in Analysis Services; configure Proactive Caching within SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) for different scenarios; understand performance consequences of named queries in a data source view; analyze and optimize performance, including Multidimensional Expression (MDX) and Data Analysis Expression (DAX) queries; understand the difference between partitioning for load performance versus query performance in SSAS; appropriately index a fact table; optimize Analysis Services cubes in SQL Server Data Tools; create aggregations
Plan for scalability
Change binding options for partitions; choose the appropriate Multidimensional OLAP (MOLAP), Relational OLAP (ROLAP), and Hybrid OLAP (HOLAP) storage modes
Plan and manage upgrades
Plan change management for a BI solution
Maintain server health
Design an automation strategy

Preparation resources
Create and manage a local partition
Partition storage modes and processing
Designing Aggregations (Analysis Services – Multidimensional)

Design BI infrastructure (15–20%)
Design a security strategy
Configure security and impersonation between SQL Server service, analysis services, and front end; implement Dynamic Dimension Security within a cube; configure security for an extranet environment; configure Kerberos security; design authentication mechanisms; design security tests; build secure solutions end to end; design roles for calculated measures; understand the tradeoffs between regular SSAS security and dynamic security
Design a SQL partitioning strategy
Choose the proper partitioning strategy for the data warehouse and cube, implement a parallel load to fact tables by using partition switching, use data compression
Design a high availability and disaster recovery strategy
Design a recovery strategy, back up and restore SSAS databases, back up and restore SSRS databases, move and restore the SSIS Catalog, design an AlwaysON solution
Design a logging and auditing strategy
Design a new SSIS logging infrastructure (for example, information available through the catalog views), validate data is balancing and reconciling correctly

Preparation resources
Granting cube access
Connection string properties
Partitioned tables and indexes

Design a reporting solution (20–25%)
Design a Reporting Services dataset
Design appropriate data query parameters, create appropriate SQL queries, create appropriate DAX queries for an application, manage data rights and security, extract data from analysis services by using MDX queries, balance query-based processing versus filter-based processing, manage data sets through the use of stored procedures
Manage Excel Services/reporting for SharePoint
Configure data refresh schedules for PowerPivot published to SharePoint, publish BI info to SharePoint, use SharePoint to accomplish BI administrative tasks, install and configure Power View, publish PowerPivot and Power View to SharePoint
Design a data acquisition strategy
Identify the data sources that need to be used to pull in the data, determine the changes (incremental data) in the data source (time window), identify the relationship and dependencies between the data sources, determine who can access which data, determine what data can be retained for how long (regulatory compliance, data archiving, aging), design a data movement strategy, profile source data
Plan and manage reporting services configuration
Choose the appropriate reporting services requirements (including native mode and SharePoint mode)
Design BI reporting solution architecture
Linked drill-down reports, drill-through reports, and sub reports; design report migration strategies; access report services API; design code-behind strategies; identify when to use Reporting Services (RS), Report Builder (RB), or Power View; design and implement context transfer when interlinking all types of reports (RS, RB, Power View, Excel); implement BI tools for reporting in SharePoint (Excel Services versus PowerView versus Reporting Services); select a subscription strategy; enable Data Alerts; design map visualization

Preparation resources
Configure Windows Authentication on the Report Server
Different ways to update data in PowerPivot
Add dataset filters, data region filters, and group filters (Report Builder and SSRS)

Design BI data models (30–35%)

Design the data warehouse
Design a data model that is optimized for reporting; design and build a cube on top; design enterprise data warehouse (EDW) and OLAP cubes; choose between natural keys and surrogate keys when designing the data warehouse; use SQL Server to design, implement, and maintain a data warehouse, including partitioning, slowly changing dimensions (SCD), change data capture (CDC), Index Views, and column store indexes; identify design best practices; implement a many-to-many relationship in an OLAP cube; design a data mart/warehouse in reverse from an Analysis Services cube; implement incremental data load; choose between performing aggregation operations in the SSIS pipeline or the relational engine
Design a schema
Multidimensional modeling starting from a star or snowflake schema, design relational modeling for a Data Mart
Design cube architecture
Partition cubes and build aggregation strategies for the separate partitions; design a data model; choose the proper partitioning strategy for the data warehouse and cube; design the data file layout; identify the aggregation method for a measure in a MOLAP cube; performance tune a MOLAP cube using aggregations; design a data source view; design for cube drill-through and write back actions; choose the correct grain of data to store in a measure group; design analysis services processing by using indexes, indexed views, and order by statements
Design fact tables
Design a data warehouse that supports many to many dimensions with factless fact tables
Design BI semantic models
Plan for a multidimensional cube; support a many-to-many relationship between tables; choose between multidimensional and tabular, depending on the type of data and workload
Design and create MDX calculations
Design MDX queries, identify the structures of MDX and the common functions (tuples, sets, TopCount, SCOPE, VisualTotals, and more), create calculated members in an MDX statement, identify which MDX statement would return the required result, implement a custom MDX or logical solution for a pre-prepared case task

Preparation resources
Defining a many-to-many relationship
Define Relationship dialog box (Analysis Services – multidimensional data)
Set aggregation options (Usage-Based Optimization Wizard)

Design an ETL solution (10–15%)
Design SSIS package execution
Use the new project deployment model; pass values at execution time; share parameters between packages; plan for incremental loads versus full loads; optimize execution by using Balanced Data Distributor (BDD); choose optimal processing strategy (including Script transform, flat file incremental loads, and Derived Column transform)
Plan to deploy SSIS solutions
Deploy the package to another server with different security requirements, secure integration services packages that are deployed at the file system, demonstrate awareness of SSIS packages/projects and how they interact with environments (including recoverability), decide between performing aggregation operations in the SSIS pipeline or the relational engine, plan to automate SSIS deployment, plan the administration of the SSIS Catalog database
Design package configurations for SSIS packages
Avoid repeating configuration information entered in SSIS packages, and use configuration files

Preparation resources
Data profiling task
Create package configurations
Deployment of projects and packages

QUESTION 1
You need to create the Sales Reporting shared SSRS data source.
Which SSRS data connection type should you use?

A. OData
B. Microsoft SQL Server
C. ODBC
D. OLE DB

Answer: B


QUESTION 2
You need to grant appropriate permissions to the SSISOwners SQL Server login.
What should you do?

A. Map the login to the SSISDB database. Assign the user to the ssis_admin role.
B. Map the login to the msdb database. Assign the user to the db_owner role.
C. Map the login to the msdb database. Assign the user to the db_ssisadmin role.
D. Map the login to the SSISDB database. Assign the user to the db_ssisadmin role.
E. Map the login to the SSISDB database. Assign the user to the db_owner role.
F. Map the login to the msdb database. Assign the user to the ssis_admin role.

Answer: D


QUESTION 3
You need to configure data refresh for the Manufacturing Performance PowerPivot workbook.
What should you do? (Each correct answer presents part of the solution. Choose ail that apply.)

A. Configure the PowerPivot Data Refresh Timer Job to run every 60 minutes.
B. Restore the PowerPivot workbook to an SSAS instance in tabular mode.
C. Script a process command and configure a SQL Server Agent job to execute the command every 60 minutes.
D. Restore the PowerPivot workbook to an SSAS instance in PowerPivot for SharePoint mode.

Answer: A


QUESTION 4
You need to configure package execution logging to meet the requirements.
What should you do?

A. Configure logging in each ETL package to log the OnError, OnInformation, and Diagnostic events.
B. Set the SSIS catalog’s Server-wide Default Logging Level property to Performance.
C. Set the SSIS catalog’s Server-wide Default Logging Level property to Basic.
D. Set the SSIS catalog’s Server-wide Default Logging Level property to Verbose.
E. Configure logging in each ETL package to log the OnError, OnPreExecute, and OnPostExecute events.

Answer: B

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Exam 70-466 Implementing Data Models and Reports with Microsoft SQL Server

Published: June 11, 2012
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft SQL Server
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSE

Skills measured
This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam. View video tutorials about the variety of question types on Microsoft exams.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

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Build an analysis services multidimensional database (35-40%)
Design dimensions and measures
Given a requirement, identify the dimension/measure group relationship that should be selected; design patterns for representing business facts and dimensions (many-to-many relationships); design dimensions to support multiple related measure groups (many related fact tables); handle degenerate dimensions in a cube; identify the attributes for dimensions; identify the measures; aggregation behavior for the measures; build hierarchies; define granularity of dimension relationships
Implement and configure dimensions in a cube
Translations, define attribute relationships, implement hierarchies, implement SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) dimensions and cubes, create the Attribute Relationships that should be made for a given set of attributes in a dimension, develop new custom attributes on dimensions, detect possible design flaws in attribute relationships, implement time dimensions in cubes, manage SSAS parent-child dimensions, dimension type
Design a schema to support cube architecture
Multidimensional modeling starting from a star schema, relational modeling for a data source view, choose or create a topology, identify the appropriate data types with correct precision and size
Create and configure measures
Logically group measures and configure Measure Group Properties, select appropriate aggregation functions, format measures, design the measure group for the correct granularity
Implement a cube
Use SQL Server Data Tools – Business Intelligence (SSDT-BI) to build the cube; use SSDT-BI to do non-additive or semi-additive measures in a cube, define measures, specify perspectives, define translations, define dimension usage, define cube-specific dimension properties, define measure groups, implement reference dimensions, implement many-to-many relationships, implement fact relationships, implement role-playing relationships, create and manage linked measure groups and linked dimensions, create actions
Create Multidimensional Expressions (MDX) and Data Analysis Expressions (DAX) queries
Identify the structures of MDX and the common functions (tuples, sets, TopCount, SCOPE, and more); identify which MDX statement would return the required result; implement a custom MDX or logical solution for a pre-prepared case task; identify the structure of DAX and common functions, including CALCULATE, EVALUATE, and FILTER; identify which DAX query would return the required result
Implement custom logic in a data model
Define key performance indicators (KPIs); define calculated members; create relative measures (growth, YoY, same period last year), percentage of total using MDX; named sets; add Time Intelligence; implement ranking and percentile; define MDX script to import partial PowerPivot model
Implement storage design in a multidimensional model
Create aggregations, create partitions, storage modes, define proactive caching, manage write-back partitions, implement linked cubes, implement distributed cubes
Select an appropriate model for data analysis
Select Tabular versus Multidimensional based on scalability needs, traditional hierarchical, data volume; select appropriate organizational BI, such as corporate BI, and team and personal BI needs and data status

Preparation resources
Dimension relationships
Defining dimension granularity within a measure group
Linked measure groups

Manage, maintain, and troubleshoot a SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) database (15-20%)
Analyze data model performance
Identify performance consequences of data source view design, optimize performance by changing the design of the cube or dimension, analyze and optimize performances of an MDX/DAX query, optimize queries for huge data sets, optimize MDX in the calculations, performance monitor counters, select appropriate Dynamic Management Views for Analysis Services, analyze and define performance counters, monitor growth of the cache, define and view logging options
Process data models
Define processing of tables or partitions for tabular and multidimensional models; define processing of databases, cubes, and dimensions for multidimensional models; select full processing versus incremental processing; define remote processing; define lazy aggregations; automate with Analysis Management Objects (AMO) or XML for Analysis (XMLA); process and manage partitions by using PowerShell
Troubleshoot data analysis issues
Use SQL Profiler; troubleshoot duplicate key dimension processing errors; error logs and event viewer logs of SSAS, mismatch of data: incorrect relationships or aggregations; dynamic security issues; validate logic and calculations
Deploy SSAS databases
Deployment Wizard, implement SSDT-BI, deploy SSMS; test solution post deployment, decide whether or not to process, test different roles
Install and maintain an SSAS instance
Install SSAS; install development tools; identify development and production installation considerations; upgrade SSAS instance; define data file and program file location; plan for Administrator accounts; define server and database level security; support scale-out read-only; update SSAS (service packs); install and maintain each instance type of Analysis Services, including PowerPivot; restore and import PowerPivot; back up and restore by using PowerShell

Preparation resources
Multidimensional model object processing
Performance counters (SSAS)

Build a tabular data model (15-20%)
Configure permissions and roles in a tabular model
Configure server roles, configure SSAS database roles, implement dynamic security (custom security approaches), role-based access, test security permissions, implement cell-level permissions
Implement a tabular data model
Define tables, import data, define calculated columns, define relationships, define hierarchies and perspectives, manage visibility of columns and tables, embed links, optimize BISM for Power View, mark a date table, sort a column by another column
Implement business logic in a tabular data model
Implement measures and KPIs, implement Data Analysis Expressions (DAX), define relationship navigation, implement time intelligence, implement context modification
Implement data access for a tabular data model
Manage partitions, processing, select xVelocity versus DirectQuery for data access

Preparation resources
Using DirectQuery in the tabular BI Semantic Model
Roles (SSAS tabular)
Hierarchies (SSAS tabular)

Build a report with SQL Server Reporting Services (SSRS) (25-30%)
Design a report
Select report components (crosstab report, Tablix, design chart, data visualization components), design report templates (Report Definition Language), identify the data source and parameters; design a grouping structure; drill-down reports, drill-through reports; determine if any expressions are required to display data that is not coming directly from the data source
Implement a report layout
Formatting; apply conditional formatting; page configuration; implement headers and footers; implement matrixes, table, chart, images, list, indicators, maps, and groupings in reports; use Report Builder to implement a report layout; create a range of reports using different data regions; define custom fields (implementing different parts of the report); implement collections (global collections); define expressions; implement data visualization components; identify report parts; implement group variables and report variables; design for multiple delivery extension formats
Configure authentication and authorization for a reporting solution
Configure server-level and item-level role-based security, configure reporting service security (setup or addition of role), authenticate against data source, store credential information, describe Report Server security architecture and site level security, create system level roles, item level security, create a new role assignment, assign Windows users to roles, secure reports using roles, configure SharePoint groups and permissions, define varying content for different role memberships
Implement interactivity in a report
Drilldown; drillthrough; interactive sorting; parameters: (databound parameters, multi-value parameters); create dynamic reports in SSRS using parameters; implement show/hide property; actions (jump to report); filters; parameter list; fixed headers; document map, embedded HTML
Troubleshoot reporting services issues
Query the ReportServer database; view Reporting Services log files; use Windows Reliability and Performance monitor data for troubleshooting; use the ReportServer: define service and web service objects; monitor for long-running reports, rendering, and connectivity issues; use SQL Profiler; perform data reconciliation for incorrect relationships or aggregations; detect dynamic security issues; validate logic and calculations
Manage a report environment
Manage subscriptions and subscription settings; define data-driven subscriptions; manage data sources; integrate SharePoint Server; define email delivery settings; manage the number of snapshots; manage schedules, running jobs, and report server logs; manage report server databases; manage the encryption keys; set up the execution log reporting; review the reports; configure site-level settings; design report lifecycle; automate management of reporting services; create a report organization structure; install and configure reporting services; deploy custom assemblies
Configure report data sources and datasets
Select appropriate query types (stored procedure versus table versus text only); configure parameterized connection strings (dynamic connection strings); define filter location (dataset versus query); configure data source options, for example, extract and connect to multiple data sources; shared and embedded data sources and datasets; use custom expressions in data sources; connect to Microsoft Azure SQL database; implement DAX and MDX queries to retrieve appropriate data sets; work with non-relational data sources, such as XML or SharePoint lists

Preparation resources
Tablix data region (Report Builder and SSRS)
Built-in Globals and Users references (Report Builder and SSRS)
Create data-driven subscription page (Report Manager)

QUESTION 1
You need to recommend a solution for the sales department that meets the security requirements.
What should you recommend?

A. Create one role for all of the sales department users. Add a DAX filter that reads the current user name and retrieves the user’s region.
B. Create one role for each region. Configure each role to have read access to a specific region. Add the sales department users to their corresponding role.
C. Create a table for each region. Create a role for each region. Grant each role read access to its corresponding table.
D. Create one role for all of the sales department users. Configure the role to have read access to the sales transactions. Ensure that all of the reports that access the sales transaction data restrict read access to the data from the corresponding sales department region only.

Answer: C

Explanation: Scenario: Tailspin Toys identifies the following security requirement:
•Sales department users must be allowed to view the sales transactions from their region only.
•Sales department users must be able to view the contents of the manufacturing reports. •Sales department users must NOT be able to create new manufacturing reports.


QUESTION 2
You need to configure the dataset for the ManufacturingIssues report. The solution must meet the technical requirements and the reporting requirements.
What should you do?

A. Configure the dataset to use a stored procedure. Add the necessary parameters to the stored procedure.
B. Add a query to retrieve the necessary data from the database. Configure the dataset to use query parameters.
C. Add a query to retrieve the necessary data from the database. Configure the dataset to use filter parameters.
D. Configure the dataset to use a table. Ensure that the database has a table that contains the necessary information.

Answer: B


QUESTION 3
You need to ensure that all reports meet the reporting requirements.
What is the best way to achieve the goal? More than one answer choice may achieve the goal. Select the BEST answer.

A. Create a report part. Publish the report part to a server that has SSRS installed. Add the report part to each new report that is created.
B. Create a report part. Publish the report part to a SharePoint site. Add the report part to each new report that is created.
C. Create a report. Copy the report to source code control. Create each new report by using the report template in source code control.
D. Create a report. Copy the report to the PrivateAssemblies\ProjectItems\ReportProject folder in the Visual Studio directory. Create each new report by using the locally stored report

Answer: D


QUESTION 4
You need to configure a hierarchy for DimProduct that meets the technical requirements.
What should you do?

A. Set ProductName as the parent of ProductSubCategory and set ProductSubcategory as the parent of ProductCategory. For ProductSubcategory, click Hide if Name Equals Parent.
B. Set ProductCategory as the parent of ProductSubCategory and set ProductSubcategory as the parent of ProductName. For ProductSubcategory, click Hide if Name Equals Parent.
C. Set ProductName as the parent of ProductSubcategory and set ProductSubCategory as the parent of ProductCategory. For ProductCategory, click Hide if Name Equals Parent.
D. Set ProductCategory as the parent of ProductSubcategory and set ProductSubCategory as the parent of ProductName. For ProductCategory, click Hide if Name Equals Parent.

Answer: B


QUESTION 5
You need to recommend a solution to meet the requirements for the
ManufacturingIssues.rdl report.
What is the best solution that you should include in the recommendation? More than one answer choice may achieve the goal. Choose the BEST answer.

A. Add a dataset to the report that uses an ad hoc SQL statement. Configure the dataset to include the parameters required for the different views. Add a dataset for each parameter created. Configure each parameter to use the values in the dataset.
B. Add a dataset to the report that uses an ad hoc SQL statement. Configure the dataset to include the parameters required for the different views. Update each parameter to use a set of values from Report Designer.
C. Add a dataset to the report that uses an ad hoc SQL statement. Configure the dataset to include the parameters required for the different views. Use the default display for the parameters.
D. Add a dataset to the report that uses a stored procedure. Configure the dataset to include the parameters required for the different views. Update each parameter to use a set of values from Report Designer.

Answer: C

 

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Exam 70-465 Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server

Published: June 11, 2012
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft SQL Server
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSE

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Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

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Design a database structure (25–30%)
Design for business requirements
Translate business needs to data structures; de-normalize a database by using SQL Server features, including materialization using indexed views, distributed partitioned views, filtered and non-key column indexes, and snapshots
Design physical database and object placement
Design a physical database, including file placement, FILESTREAM, FILETABLE, file groups, and RAID; configure system database settings
Design a table and index partitioning strategy
Develop the optimal strategy for indexing, archive using partitions and tables, design columnstore indexes, design XML indexes
Design a migration, consolidation, and upgrade strategy
Upgrade with minimal downtime; design a cross-cluster migration; plan a database deployment, including Windows PowerShell, Server Core, and contained databases; migrate query plans; design a migration strategy using Distributed Replay Controller; design a SQL Server virtualization strategy
Design SQL Server instances
Identify hardware for new instances; design CPU affinity; design clustered instances using Microsoft Distributed Transaction Control (MSDTC); define instance memory allocation; design installation strategies, including sysprep, slipstream, and SMB file server; define cross db ownership chaining
Design backup and recovery
Design a backup strategy based on business needs, including differential, file, log, and striped; design a database snapshot strategy; design appropriate recovery models; design a system database backup strategy; recover Tail-Log backups

Preparation resources
Create indexed views
Move user databases
Partitioned tables and indexes

Design databases and database objects (30–35%)
Design a database model
Design a logical schema; design a data access and data layer architecture; design a database schema; design a security architecture; design a cross-server instance database model, including linked servers, security, providers, distributed transactions, distributed partitioned views, and Service Broker
Design tables
Design tables appropriately, including physical tables, temp tables, temp table variables, common table expressions, columnstore indexes, user defined table types, FILESTREAM, FILETABLE, and In-Memory OLTP; design views and table valued functions; design a compression strategy, including row and page; select an appropriate data type; design computed columns
Design for concurrency
Develop a strategy to maximize concurrency; define a locking and concurrency strategy; design a transaction isolation strategy, including server database and session; design triggers for concurrency
Design T-SQL stored procedures
Create stored procedures; design a data access strategy using stored procedures; design appropriate stored procedure parameters, including input, output, and Table Valued; design error handling; design an In-Memory OLTP strategy for stored procedures
Design a management automation strategy
Create a data archiving solution; design automation and auditing, including jobs, alerts, operators, SSIS, CDC, auditing, DDL triggers, and Windows PowerShell; automate across multiple databases and instances; design data batch processing: design a database load test; deploy to different environments, including development, staging, and production
Design for transactions
Manage transactions, including time, savepoint, and mark; design for implicit and explicit transactions; ensure data integrity by using transactions; design error handling for transactions, including TRY, CATCH, and THROW

Preparation resources
ALTER DATABASE SET options (Transact-SQL)
In-Memory OLTP (In-Memory Optimization)

Design database security (10–15%)
Design an application strategy to support security
Design security, including security roles, signed stored procedures, encryption, contained logins, EXECUTE AS, and credentials; implement schemas and schema security; design security maintenance, including SQL logins, integrated authentication, permissions, and mirroring
Design database, schema, and object security permissions
Design a database schema that meets security requirements, schema ownership, ownership chaining, cross database chaining
Design instance-level security configurations
Implement separation of duties using different login roles; choose an authentication type, including logon triggers, regulatory requirements, and certificates; implement data encryption, including database master key and configuration; implement Data Description Language (DDL) triggers; define a secure service account

Preparation resources
Tutorial: Signing stored procedures with a certificate
cross db ownership chaining server configuration option
DDL triggers

Design a troubleshooting and optimization solution (25–30%)
Design a maintenance strategy for database servers
Design maintenance plans; design index maintenance, including rebuild, defragmentation, statistics, online rebuilds, offline rebuilds, and thresholds; maintain physical and logical consistency (DBCC); manage database files, including LDF, MDF, In-Memory OLTP, and garbage collection; define a retention policy
Troubleshoot and resolve concurrency issues
Examine deadlocking issues using SQL Server logs and trace flags; design a reporting database infrastructure, including replicated databases; monitor concurrency, including Dynamic Management Views (DMV); diagnose blocking, including live locking and deadlocking; diagnose waits; use Extended Events; implement query hints to increase concurrency
Design and implement a high availability solution
Configure failover clustering, including multi-subnet; design readable mirrors; create a highly available configuration with low recovery time; design and ensure uptime requirements, including monitoring and patching; design and implement a replication architecture; implement AlwaysOn Availability Groups and AlwaysOn failover clusters
Design a solution to monitor performance and concurrency
Identify performance monitor counters; monitor for performance and bottlenecks, including Wait Stats; design a query monitoring and review strategy; monitor for missing statistics
Design a monitoring solution at the instance level
Design auditing strategies, including Extended Events, Event traces, SQL Audit, Profiler-scheduled or event-based maintenance, Performance Monitor, and DMV usage; set up file and table growth monitoring; collect performance indicators and counters; create jobs to monitor server health; audit using Windows Logs

Preparation resources
sys.dm_tran_locks (Transact-SQL)
Overview of AlwaysOn Availability Groups (SQL Server)
Monitoring and troubleshooting merge for data and delta file pairs

QUESTION 1
You need to recommend a solution for the deployment of SQL Server 2014. The solution must meet the business requirements.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. Create a new instance of SQL Server 2014 on the server that hosts the SQL Server 2008 instance.
B. Upgrade the existing SQL Server 2008 instance to SQL Server 2014.
C. Deploy two servers that have SQL Server 2014 installed and implement Failover Clustering.
D. Deploy two servers that have SQL Server 2014 installed and implement database mirroring.

Answer: C

Explanation:
Scenario: The databases must be available if the SQL Server service fails.
Reference:
Failover Clustering Overview
Windows Server Failover Clustering (WSFC) with SQL Server


QUESTION 2
You need to recommend a solution to allow application users to perform tables. The solution must meet the business requirements.
What should you recommend?

A. Create a Policy-Based Management Policy.
B. Create a user-defined database role and add users to the role.
C. Create stored procedures that use EXECUTE AS clauses.
D. Create functions that use EXECUTE AS clauses.

Answer: D

Explanation:
* c Clause (Transact-SQL)
In SQL Server you can define the execution context of the following user-defined modules: functions (except inline table-valued functions), procedures, queues, and triggers.
Reference: Using EXECUTE AS in Modules


QUESTION 3
You need to recommend a feature to support your backup solution.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)
B. Column-level encryption
C. An NTFS file permission
D. A Secure Sockets Layer (SSL)

Answer: A

Explanation:
* Scenario: You must encrypt the backup files to meet regulatory compliance requirements. The encryption strategy must minimize changes to the databases and to the applications.
* Transparent data encryption (TDE) performs real-time I/O encryption and decryption of the data and log files. The encryption uses a database encryption key (DEK), which is stored in the database boot record for availability during recovery.
Reference: Transparent Data Encryption (TDE)


QUESTION 4
You need to recommend a solution to synchronize Database2 to App1_Db1.
What should you recommend?

A. Change data capture
B. Snapshot replication
C. Master Data Services
D. Transactional replication

Answer: D

Explanation:
Scenario:
* Data from Database2 will be accessed periodically by an external application named Application1. The data from Database2 will be sent to a database named App1_Db1 as soon as changes occur to the data in Database2.
* All data in Database2 is recreated each day and does not change until the next data creation process.
Reference:
Transactional Replication


QUESTION 5
You need to recommend a solution to improve the performance of usp.UpdateInventory. The solution must minimize the amount of development effort.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. A table variable
B. A common table expression
C. A subquery
D. A cursor

Answer: A

Explanation:
*Scenario: Database2 will contain a stored procedure named usp_UpdateInventory. Usp_UpdateInventory will manipulate a table that contains a self-join that has an unlimited number of hierarchies.
* A table variable can be very useful to store temporary data and return the data in the table format.
table
* Example: The following example uses a self-join to find the products that are supplied by more than one vendor.
Because this query involves a join of the ProductVendor table with itself, the ProductVendor table appears in two roles. To distinguish these roles, you must give the ProductVendor table two different aliases (pv1 and pv2) in the FROM clause. These aliases are used to qualify the column names in the rest of the query. This is an example of the self-join Transact-SQL statement:
USE AdventureWorks2008R2; GO
SELECT DISTINCT pv1.ProductID, pv1.VendorID FROM Purchasing.ProductVendor pv1
INNER JOIN Purchasing.ProductVendor pv2
ON pv1.ProductID = pv2.ProductID
AND pv1.VendorID <> pv2.VendorID
ORDER BY pv1.ProductID
Incorrect:
Not B: Using a CTE offers the advantages of improved readability and ease in maintenance of complex queries. The query can be divided into separate, simple, logical building blocks. These simple blocks can then be used to build more complex, interim CTEs until the final result set is generated.

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Exam 70-464 Developing Microsoft SQL Server Databases

Published: June 11, 2012
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft SQL Server
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSE

Skills measured
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Implement database objects (30–35%)
Create and alter tables
Develop an optimal strategy for using temporary objects, including table variables and temporary tables; define alternatives to triggers; define data version control and management; implement @Table and #table appropriately; create calculated columns; implement partitioned tables, schemas, and functions; implement column collation; implement online transaction processing (OLTP); implement columnstore and sparse columns
Design, implement, and troubleshoot security
Implement data control language statements appropriately, troubleshoot connection issues, implement execute as statements, implement certificate-based security, create loginless users, define appropriate database roles and permissions, implement contained users, implement cross db ownership chaining, implement schema security, implement server roles
Design the locking granularity level
Choose the right lock mechanism for a given task; handle deadlocks; design index locking properties; fix locking and blocking issues; analyze a deadlock scenario; design appropriate isolation level, including Microsoft ActiveX data objects defaults; design for locks and lock escalation; design transactions that minimize locking; reduce locking contention; identify bottlenecks in data design; design appropriate concurrency control, such as pessimistic or optimistic
Implement indexes
Inspect physical characteristics of indexes and perform index maintenance; identify unused indexes; implement indexes; optimize indexes, including full, filter, statistics, and force
Implement data types
Select appropriate data types, including BLOBs, GUIDs, XML, and spatial data; develop a Common Language Runtime (CLR) data type; implement appropriate use of @Table and #table; determine values based on implicit and explicit conversions
Create and modify constraints
Create constraints on tables, define constraints, modify constraints according to performance implications, implement cascading deletes, configure constraints for bulk inserts

Preparation resources
CREATE TABLE (Transact-SQL)
CREATE USER (Transact-SQL)
SET TRANSACTION ISOLATION LEVEL (Transact-SQL)

Implement programming objects (15-20%)
Design and implement stored procedures
Create stored procedures and other programmatic objects; implement different types of stored procedure results; create a stored procedure for the data access layer; analyze and rewrite procedures and processes; program stored procedures by using T-SQL and CLR; implement parameters, including table valued, input, and output; implement error handling, including TRY…CATCH; configure appropriate connection settings
Design T-SQL table-valued and scalar functions
Modify scripts that use cursors and loops into a SET-based operation, design deterministic and non-deterministic functions
Create, use, and alter user-defined functions (UDFs)
Implement deterministic or non-deterministic functions; implement CROSS APPLY by using UDFs; implement CLR functions
Create and alter views
Set up and configure partitioned tables and partitioned views; create indexed views

Preparation resources
sys.dm_os_volume_stats (Transact-SQL
SQL Server agent stored procedures (Transact-SQL)
Processing stored procedure results

Design database objects (25–30%)
Design tables
Apply data design patterns; develop appropriately normalized and de-normalized SQL tables; design transactions; design views; implement GUID as a clustered index appropriately; design temp tables appropriately, including # vs. @; design an encryption strategy; design table partitioning; design a BLOB storage strategy, including filestream and filetable; design tables for In-Memory OLTP
Design for concurrency
Develop a strategy to maximize concurrency; define a locking and concurrency strategy; design a transaction isolation strategy, including server database and session; design triggers for concurrency
Design indexes
Design indexes and data structures; design filtered indexes; design an indexing strategy, including column store, semantic indexes, and INCLUDE; design statistics; assess which indexes on a table are likely to be used, given different search arguments (SARG); design spatial and XML indexes
Design data integrity
Design a table data integrity policy, including checks, primary key, foreign key, uniqueness, XML schema, and nullability; select a primary key
Design for implicit and explicit transactions
Manage transactions; ensure data integrity by using transactions; manage distributed transaction escalations; design savepoints; design error handling for transactions, including TRY, CATCH, and THROW

Preparation resources
SET TRANSACTION ISOLATION LEVEL (Transact-SQL)
CREATE INDEX (Transact-SQL)
Transaction Statements (Transact-SQL)

Optimize and troubleshoot queries (25–30%)
Optimize and tune queries
Tune a poorly performing query, including avoiding unnecessary data type conversions; identify long-running queries; review and optimize code; analyze execution plans to optimize queries; tune queries using execution plans and Microsoft Database Tuning Advisor (DTA); optimize queries using pivots and common table expressions (CTE); design database layout to optimize queries; implement query hints; tune query workloads; implement recursive CTE; implement full text and semantic search; analyze execution plans; implement plan guides
Troubleshoot and resolve performance problems
Interpret performance monitor data; integrate performance monitor data with SQL Traces
Optimize indexes
Develop an optimal strategy for clustered indexes; analyze index usage; optimize indexes for workload, including data warehousing and OLTP; generate appropriate indexes and statistics by using INCLUDE columns; create filtered indexes; implement full-text indexing; implement columnstore indexes; optimize online index maintenance
Capture and analyze execution plans
Collect and read execution plans, create an index based on an execution plan, batch or split implicit transactions, split large queries, consolidate smaller queries, review and optimize parallel plans
Collect performance and system information
Monitor performance using Dynamic Management Views, collect output from the Database Engine Tuning Advisor, design Extended Events Sessions, review and interpret Extended Event logs; optimize Extended Event session settings, use Activity Monitor to minimize server impact and determine IO bottlenecks, monitor In-Memory OLTP resources

Preparation resources
Database Engine Tuning Advisor
DBCC SHRINKFILE (Transact-SQL)
Create indexes with included columns

QUESTION 1
You attempt to process an invoice by using usp_InsertInvoice.sql and you receive the following error message: “Msg 515, Level 16, State 2, Procedure usp_InsertInvoice, Line 10
Cannot insert the value NULL into column ‘InvoiceDate’, table ‘DB1.Accounting.Invoices’; column does not allow nulls. INSERT fails.”
You need to modify usp_InsertInvoice.sql to resolve the error.
How should you modify the INSERT statement?

A. InvoiceDate varchar(l00) ‘InvoiceDate’,
B. InvoiceDate varchar(100) ‘Customer/InvoiceDate’, ‘
C. InvoiceDate date ‘@InvoiceDate’,
D. InvoiceDate date ‘Customer/@InvoiceDate’,

Answer: C


QUESTION 2
You need to modify the function in CountryFromID.sql to ensure that the country name is returned instead of the country ID.
Which line of code should you modify in CountryFromID.sql?

A. 04
B. 05
C. 06
D. 19

Answer: D

Explanation:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms186755.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms191320.aspx


QUESTION 3
You execute IndexManagement.sql and you receive the following error message:
“Msg 512, Level 16, State 1, Line 12
Subquery returned more than 1 value. This is not permitted when the subquery follows =,! =, <, <= ,>, > = or when the subquery is used as an expression.”
You need to ensure that IndexManagement.sql executes properly.
Which WHILE statement should you use at line 18?

A. WHILE SUM(@RowNumber) < (SELECT @counter FROM @indextable)
B. WHILE @counter < (SELECT COUNT(RowNumber) FROM @indextable)
C. WHILE COUNT(@RowNumber) < (SELECT @counter FROM @indextable)
D. WHILE @counter < (SELECT SUM(RowNumber) FROM @indextabie)

Answer: B


QUESTION 4
You need to recommend a solution to ensure that SQL1 supports the auditing requirements of usp_UpdateSpeakerName.
What should you include in the recommendation?

A. The Distributed Transaction Coordinator (DTC)
B. Transactional replication
C. Change data capture
D. Change tracking

Answer: A


QUESTION 5
You are evaluating the table design.
You need to recommend a change to Tables.sql that reduces the amount of time it takes for usp_AttendeesReport to execute.
What should you add at line 14 of Tables.sql?

A. FullName nvarchar(100) NOT NULL CONSTRAINT DF_FuIlName DEFAULT
(dbo.CreateFullName (FirstName, LastName)),
B. FullName AS (FirstName +‘ ’+ LastName),
C. FullName nvarchar(100) NOT NULL DEFAULT (dbo.CreateFullName (FirstName, LastName)).
D. FullName AS (FirstName +‘ ’+ LastName) PERSISTED,

Answer: D

Explanation:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms188300.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms191250.aspx


QUESTION 6
You need to modify usp_SelectSpeakersByName to support server-side paging. The solution must minimize the amount of development effort required.
What should you add to usp_SelectSpeakersByName?

A. A table variable
B. An OFFSET-FETCH clause
C. The ROWNUMBER keyword
D. A recursive common table expression

Answer: B

Explanation:
http://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/2696/comparing-performance-for-different-sql-serverpaging-methods/
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms188385.aspx http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms180152.aspx http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms186243.aspx http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms186734.aspx http://www.sqlserver-training.com/how-to-use-offset-fetch-option-in-sql-server-order-byclause/-http://www.sqlservercentral.com/blogs/juggling_with_sql/2011/11/30/using-offset-and-fetch/

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Exam 70-463 Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014

Published: June 11, 2012
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSA, MCSE

Skills measured
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Certification program.

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Design and implement a data warehouse (10–15%)
Design and implement dimensions
Design shared/conformed dimensions; determine if you need support for slowly changing dimensions; determine attributes; design hierarchies; determine whether you need star or snowflake schema; determine the granularity of relationship with fact tables; determine the need for auditing or lineage; determine keys (business transactional or your own data warehouse/surrogate keys); implement dimensions; implement data lineage of a dimension table
Design and implement fact tables
Design a data warehouse that supports many to many relationships; appropriately index a fact table; using columnstore indexes; partitioning; additive measures; semi additive measures; non additive measures; implement fact tables; determining the loading method for the fact tables; implement data lineage of a fact table; design summary aggregation tables

Preparation resources
Introduction to dimensions (Analysis Services – multidimensional data)
Dimension relationships
Columnstore indexes

Extract and transform data (20–25%)
Define connection managers
Plan the configuration of connection managers; package level or project level connection manager; define a connection string; parameterization of connection strings
Design data flow
Define data sources and destinations; distinguish blocking and non-blocking transformations; use different methods to pull out changed data from data sources; determine appropriate data flow components; determine the need for supporting Slowly Changing Dimensions (SCD); determine whether to use SQL Joins or SSIS lookup or merge join transformations; batch processing versus row by row processing; determine the appropriate transform to use for a specific task; determine the need and method for identity mapping and deduplicating; fuzzy lookup, fuzzy grouping and Data Quality Services (DQS) transformation; determine the need for custom data sources, destinations, and transforms; determine what to do with erroneous rows; determine auditing needs; trusted/authoritative data sources, including warehouse metadata; extracting only changed rows
Implement data flow
Debug data flow; use the appropriate data flow components; SQL / SSIS data transformation; create SSIS packages that support slowly changing dimensions; use the lookup task in SSIS; map identities using SSIS fuzzy lookup (advanced); specify a data source and destination; use data flows; different categories of transformations; read, transform and load data; understand which transforms to use to accomplish a specific business task; data correction transformation; performance tune an SSIS dataflow; optimize Integration Services packages for speed of execution; maintain data integrity, including good data flow
Manage SSIS package execution
Schedule package execution by using SQL Server Agent; execute packages by using DTEXEC; execute packages by using SQL Server Management Studio; implement package execution; plan and design package execution strategy; use PowerShell to execute script; monitor the execution using Management Studio; use DTEXECUI; ETL restartability
Implement script tasks in SSIS
Determine if it is appropriate to use a script task; extending the capability of a control flow; perform a custom action as needed (not on every row) during a control flow

Preparation resources
Integration Services (SSIS) connections
Data flow
Slowly changing dimension transformation

Load data (25–30%)
Design control flow
Determine control flow; determine containers and tasks needed; determine precedence constraints; design an SSIS package strategy with rollback, staging and transaction control; decide between one package or multiple packages; determine event handlers; determine variables; determine parameters on package and project level; determine connection managers and whether they are package or project level; determine the need for custom tasks; determine how much information you need to log from a package; determine the need for checkpoints; determine security needs
Implement package logic by using SSIS variables and parameters
User variables; variable scope, data type; implement parameterization of properties using variables; using variables in precedence constraints; referring to SSIS system variables; design dynamic SSIS packages; package configurations (file or SQL tables); expressions; package and project parameters; project level connection managers; variables; implement dynamic package behavior; configure packages in SSIS for different environments, package configurations (xmlconfiguration file, SQLServer table, registry entry; parent package variables, environment variable); parameters (package and project level); project connection managers; property expressions (use expressions for connection managers)
Implement control flow
Checkpoints; debug control flow; implement the appropriate control flow task to solve a problem; data profiling; use sequence containers and loop containers; manage transactions in SSIS packages; managing parallelism; using precedence constraint to control task execution sequence; creating package templates; using the execute package task
Implement data load options
Implement a full and incremental data load strategy; plan for an incremental update of the relational Data Mart; plan for loads into indexed tables; configure appropriate bulk load options; select an appropriate load technique (SSIS Destination versus T-SQL) and load partitioned tables
Implement script components in SSIS
Create an SSIS package that handles SCD Type 2 changes without using the SCD component; work with script component in SSIS; deciding when it is appropriate to use a script component versus a built in; source, transformation, destination component; use cases: web service source and destination, getting the error message

Preparation resources
Integration Services transactions
Developing a custom task
Integration Services (SSIS) parameters

Configure and deploy SSIS solutions (20–25%)
Troubleshoot data integration issues
Performance issues; connectivity issues; execution of a task or transformation failed; logic issues; demonstrate awareness of the new SSIS logging infrastructure; troubleshoot a failed package execution to determine the root cause of failure; troubleshoot SSIS package failure from an invalid datatype; implement break points; data viewers; profile data with different tools; batch cleanup
Install and maintain SSIS components
Software installation (IS, management tools); development box and server; install specifics for remote package execution; planning for installation (32- versus 64-bit); upgrade; provisioning the accounts; creating the catalog
Implement auditing, logging, and event handling
Audit package execution by using system variables; propagate events; use log providers; log an SSIS execution; create alerting and notification mechanisms; use Event Handlers in SSIS to track ETL events and errors; implement custom logging
Deploy SSIS solutions
Create and configure an SSIS catalog; deploy SSIS packages by using the deployment utility; deploy SSIS packages to SQL or file system locations; validate deployed packages; deploy packages on multiple servers; how to install custom components and tasks; deploy SSIS packages by using DTUTIL
Configure SSIS security settings
SSIS catalog database roles; package protection levels; secure Integration Services packages that are deployed at the file system; secure Integration Services parameters, configuration

Preparation resources
Troubleshooting tools for package development
Load-balancing packages on remote servers by using SQL Server Agent
Integration Services (SSIS) logging

Build data quality solutions (15–20%)
Install and maintain data quality services
Installation prerequisites; .msi package; adding users to the DQ roles; identity analysis, including data governance
Implement master data management solutions
Install Master Data Services (MDS); implement MDS; create models, entities, hierarchies, collections, attributes; define security roles; import/export; subscriptions
Create a data quality project to clean data
Profile Online Transaction Processing (OLTP) and other source systems; data quality knowledge base management; create data quality project; use data quality client; improve data quality; identity mapping and deduplicating; handle history and data quality; manage data quality/cleansing

Preparation resources
Install Data Quality Services
Install Master Data Services
Master Data Services features and tasks


QUESTION 1
You manage a member server that runs Windows Server 2008 R2. The server runs the Remote Desktop Gateway (RD Gateway) role service.
You need to find out whether a user named User1 has ever connected to his office workstation through the RD Gateway server.
What should you do?
A. View the events in the Monitoring folder from the RD Gateway Manager console.
B. View the Event Viewer Security log.
C. View the Event Viewer Application log.
D. View the Event Viewer Terminal Services-Gateway log.

Answer: D
Explanation:
By using TS Gateway Manager, you can specify the types of events that you want to monitor, such as unsuccessful or successful connection attempts to internal network computers through a TS Gateway server.
When these events occur, you can monitor the corresponding events by using Windows Event Viewer. TS
Gateway server events are stored in Event Viewer under Application and Services Logs\Microsoft\Windows
\Terminal Services-Gateway\.
Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc730618(WS.10).aspx


QUESTION 2
Your company has an Active Directory domain. All the servers in the company run either Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2003. A Windows Server 2003 server named
Server1 runs Microsoft SQL Server 2005 SP2 and Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services
(WSS) 2.0.
The company plans to migrate to WSS 3.0 SP2 on a Windows Server 2008 R2 server named Server2.
You need to migrate the configuration and content from Server1 to Server2.
What should you do?
A. Back up the SharePoint configuration and content from Server1. Install WSS 3.0 SP2 on Server2. Restore the backup from Server1 to Server2.
B. Upgrade Server1 to Windows Server 2008 R2. Back up the SharePoint configuration and content from Server1. Install WSS 3.0 SP2 on Server2. Restore the backup from Server1 to Server2.
C. Back up the SQL Server 2005 configuration and the WSS 2.0 databases from Server1. Install SQL Server 2005 on Server2. Restore the SQL Server 2005 backup from Server1 to Server2.
D. Back up the WSS 2.0 configuration and content from Server1. Install WSS 2.0 on Server2. Restore the backup from Server1 to Server2. Perform an in-place upgrade of WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0 SP2 on Server2.

Answer: D
Explanation:
To migrate to SharePoint Services (WSS) 3.0. from Server1 to Server2 with all the configuration and content, you need to install WSS 2.0 on Server2. Back up the WSS 2.0 configuration and content from Server1 and restore the backup from Server1 to Server2. Perform an in-place upgrade of WSS 2.0 to WSS 3.0 on Server2.
When you run an in-place upgrade, all content and configuration data is upgraded in-place, at one time. When you start the in-place upgrade process, the Web server and Web sites remain offline until the upgrade has been installed. In-place upgrades are best for a stand-alone server and small installations as in this case
Reference: Install and configure Office SharePoint Server for an in-place upgrade
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263212(TechNet.10).aspx
Reference: Determine upgrade approach (Office SharePoint Server)
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc263447(TechNet.10).aspx


QUESTION 3
Your company has an Active Directory domain. You have a server named KMS1 that runs Windows Server 2008 R2. You install and configure Key Management Service (KMS) on KMS1. You plan to deploy Windows Server 2008 R2 on 10 new servers. You install the first two servers. The servers fail to activate by using KMS1.
You need to activate the new servers by using the KMS server.
What should you do first?
A. Complete the installation of the remaining eight servers.
B. Configure Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI) exceptions in Windows Firewall on the new servers.
C. Install Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) on the KMS server and configure Multiple Activation Key (MAK) Proxy Activation.
D. Install Volume Activation Management Tool (VAMT) on the KMS server and configure Multiple Activation Key (MAK) Independent Activation.

Answer: A
Explanation:
Key Management Service
With KMS, IT pros can complete activations on their local network, eliminating the need for individual computers to connect to Microsoft for product activation. KMS is a lightweight service that does not require a dedicated system and can easily be co-hosted on a system that provides other services. By default, volume editions of Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 connect to a system that hosts the KMS service to request activation. No action is required from the user.
KMS requires a minimum number of computers (physical or virtual machines) in a network environment.
The organization must have at least five computers to activate Windows Server 2008 R2 and at least 25 computers to activate clients that are running Windows 7. These minimums are referred to as activation thresholds.
To use KMS activation with Windows 7, the computer must have the qualifying OS license (often obtained through OEMs as part of the new PC purchase) and contain a Windows Marker in BIOS.
Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff793423.aspx


QUESTION 4
You have four Remote Desktop Session Host Servers that run Windows Server 2008 R2. The Remote Desktop Session Host Servers are named Server1, Server2, Server3, and Server4.
You install the Remote Desktop Connection Broker role service on Server1.
You need to configure load balancing for the four Remote Desktop Session Host Servers. You must ensure that Server2 is the preferred server for Remote Desktop Services sessions.
Which tool should you use?
A. Group Policy Management
B. Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration
C. Remote Desktop Connection Manager
D. RD Gateway Manager

Answer: B
Explanation: ExplanationExplanation:
You can configure a Remote Desktop Session Host (RD Session Host) server to join a farm in RD Connection
Broker, and to participate in RD Connection Broker Load Balancing, by using the Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration tool.
To configure RD Connection Broker settings
1. On the RD Session Host server, open Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration. To open Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration, click Start, point to Administrative Tools, point to Remote Desktop Services, and then click Remote Desktop Session Host Configuration .
2. In the Edit settings area, under RD Connection Broker, double-click Member of farm in RD Connection Broker.
3. On the RD Connection Broker tab of the Properties dialog box, click Change Settings.
4. In the RD Connection Broker Settings dialog box, click Farm member.
5. In the RD Connection Broker server name box, type the name of the RD Connection Broker server.
6. In the Farm name box, type the name of the farm that you want to join in RD Connection
Broker.
7. Click OK to close the RD Connection Broker Settings dialog box.
8. To participate in RD Connection Broker Load Balancing, select the Participate in Connection Broker Load-Balancing check box.
9. Optionally, in the Relative weight of this server in the farm box, modify the server weight. By default, the value is 100. The server weight is relative. Therefore, if you assign one server a value of 50, and one a value of 100, the server with a weight of 50 will receive half the number of sessions.
10. Verify that you want to use IP address redirection. By default, the Use IP address redirection setting is enabled. If you want to use token redirection mode, select Use token redirection. For more information, see About IP Address and Token Redirection.
11. In the Select IP addresses to be used for reconnection box, select the check box next to each IP address that you want to use.
12. When you are finished, click OK.
Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc771383.aspx


QUESTION 5
You have a server that runs Windows Server 2008 R2. The server has Microsoft SharePoint Foundation 2010 installed. The server is configured to accept incoming email.
You create a new document library.
You need to ensure that any user can send e-mail to the document library.
What should you do?
A. Modify the RSS setting for the document library.
B. Modify the permissions for the document library.
C. Modify the incoming email settings for the document library.
D. Enable anonymous authentication for the Web application.

Answer: C
Explanation:
Enable and configure email settings for a library
Use this procedure to enable and configure email settings for a library to receive email
messages in the
SharePoint document library in a site.
Enable and configure email settings for a library
1. Open the site in which you want to receive email messages by using either of the following methods:
– In Internet Explorer, type the URL o the site.
– On the View Site Collection page, click the site collection that you want to view.
2. In the left navigation pane of the home page, click View All Site Content.
3. In the Documents section, click a document library name to open the library for which you want to enable and configure email settings.
4. On the Settings menu, click Document Library Settings, Picture Library Settings, or
Form Library Settings, depending on the kind of library that you are enabling and
configuring.
5. In the Communications section, click Incoming email settings.
6. In the Email section, select Yes to enable this library to receive email messages.
7. In the Email address box, type a unique name to use as part of the email address for this library.
8. In the Email Attachments section, decide where to save and how to group the email attachments in this library, and then choose whether to overwrite files that have the same name.
Note: If you decide not to overwrite files that have the same name and then later try to save a file that has the same name as one that already exists in the library, four random digits are appended to the file name for the new attachment. If this action fails, a globally unique identifier (GUID) is appended to the file name. If neither of these actions can produce a unique file name, the attachment is discarded.
9. In the Email Message section, choose whether to save the original email message in this library. If you select Yes, the original message is saved as a separate item in the library.
10. In the Email Meeting Invitations section, choose whether to save the attachments to your meeting invitations in this library.
11. In the Email Security section, choose whether to archive email messages only from members of the site who can write to the library or to archive regardless of who sends the email message.
12. Click OK to save the changes that you have made in the settings.
Source: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc262800.aspx

 

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Exam 70-462 Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014 Databases

Published: June 11, 2012
Languages: English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
Audiences: IT professionals
Technology: Microsoft SQL Server 2012/2014
Credit toward certification: MCP, MCSA, MCSE

Skills measured
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As of February 18, 2016, this exam includes content covering both SQL Server 2012 and 2014. Please note that this exam does not include questions on features or capabilities that are present only in the SQL Server 2012 product. For more information, please download and review this document.

Install and configure (20–25%)
Plan installation
Evaluate installation requirements; design the installation of SQL Server and its components (drives, service accounts, etc.); plan scale-up vs. scale-out basics; plan for capacity, including if/when to shrink, grow, autogrow, and monitor growth; manage the technologies that influence SQL architecture (for example, service broker, full text, scale out, etc.); design the storage for new databases (drives, filegroups, partitioning); design database infrastructure; configure a SQL Server standby database for reporting purposes; Windows-level security and service level security; Core mode installation; benchmark a server before using it in a production environment (SQLIO, Tests on SQL Instance); choose the right hardware
Install SQL Server and related services
Test connectivity; enable and disable features; install SQL Server database engine and SSIS (not SSRS and SSAS); configure an OS disk
Implement a migration strategy
Restore vs detach/attach; migrate security; migrate from a previous version; migrate to new hardware; migrate systems and data from other sources
Configure additional SQL Server components
Set up and configure all SQL Server components (Engine, AS, RS and SharePoint integration) in a complex and highly secure environment; configure full-text indexing; SSIS security; filestream; filetable
Manage SQL Server Agent
Create, maintain, and monitor jobs; administer jobs and alerts; automate (setup, maintenance, monitoring) across multiple databases and multiple instances; send to “Manage SQL Server Agent jobs”

Preparation resources
Understanding surface area configuration
Hardware and software requirements for installing SQL Server 2012
Quick-start installation of SQL Server 2012

Maintain instances and databases (15–20%)
Manage and configure databases
Design multiple file groups; database configuration and standardization: autoclose, autoshrink, recovery models; manage file space, including adding new filegroups and moving objects from one filegroup to another; implement and configure contained databases; data compression; configure TDE; partitioning; manage log file growth; DBCC
Configure SQL Server instances
Configure and standardize a database: autoclose, autoshrink, recovery models; install default and named instances; configure SQL to use only certain CPUs (affinity masks, etc.); configure server level settings; configure many databases/instance, many instances/server, virtualization; configure clustered instances including MSDTC; memory allocation; database mail; configure SQL Server engine: memory, filffactor, sp_configure, default options
Implement a SQL Server clustered instance
Install a cluster; manage multiple instances on a cluster; set up subnet clustering; recover from a failed cluster node
Manage SQL Server instances
Install an instance; manage interaction of instances; SQL patch management; install additional instances; manage resource utilization by using Resource Governor; cycle error logs

Preparation resources
ALTER DATABASE file and filegroup options (Transact-SQL)
Contained databases
Data compression

Optimize and troubleshoot (15–20%)
Identify and resolve concurrency problems
Examine deadlocking issues using the SQL server logs using trace flags; design reporting database infrastructure (replicated databases); monitor via DMV or other MS product; diagnose blocking, live locking and deadlocking; diagnose waits; performance detection with built in DMVs; know what affects performance; locate and if necessary kill processes that are blocking or claiming all resources
Collect and analyze troubleshooting data
Monitor using Profiler; collect performance data by using System Monitor; collect trace data by using SQL Server Profiler; identify transactional replication problems; identify and troubleshoot data access problems; gather performance metrics; identify potential problems before they cause service interruptions; identify performance problems;, use XEvents and DMVs; create alerts on critical server condition; monitor data and server access by creating audit and other controls; identify IO vs. memory vs. CPU bottlenecks; use the Data Collector tool
Audit SQL Server instances
Implement a security strategy for auditing and controlling the instance; configure an audit; configure server audits; track who modified an object; monitor elevated privileges as well as unsolicited attempts to connect; policy-based management

Preparation resources
blocked process threshold server configuration option
Configure login auditing (SQL Server Management Studio)
Data collection

Manage data (20–25%)
Configure and maintain a back-up strategy
Manage different backup models, including point-in-time recovery; protect customer data even if backup media is lost; perform backup/restore based on proper strategies including backup redundancy; recover from a corrupted drive; manage a multi-TB database; implement and test a database implementation and a backup strategy (multiple files for user database and tempdb, spreading database files, backup/restore); back up a SQL Server environment; back up system databases
Restore databases
Restore a database secured with TDE; recover data from a damaged DB (several errors in DBCC checkdb); restore to a point in time; file group restore; page level restore
Implement and maintain indexes
Inspect physical characteristics of indexes and perform index maintenance; identify fragmented indexes; identify unused indexes; implement indexes; defrag/rebuild indexes; set up a maintenance strategy for indexes and statistics; optimize indexes (full, filter index); statistics (full, filter) force or fix queue; when to rebuild vs. reorg and index; full text indexes; column store indexes
Import and export data
Transfer data; bulk copy; bulk insert

Preparation resources
Backup and restore of SQL Server databases
File restores (full recovery mode)
DBCC INDEXDEFRAG (Transact-SQL)

Implement security (15–20%)
Manage logins and server roles
Configure server security; secure the SQL Server using Windows Account / SQL Server accounts, server roles; create log in accounts; manage access to the server, SQL Server instance, and databases; create and maintain user-defined server roles; manage certificate logins
Manage database security
Configure database security; database level, permissions; protect objects from being modified; auditing; encryption
Manage users and database roles
Create access to server / database with least privilege; manage security roles for users and administrators; create database user accounts; contained login
Troubleshoot security
Manage certificates and keys; endpoints

Preparation resources
Server-level roles
Permissions (database engine)
Database-level roles

Implement high availability (5–10%)
Implement AlwaysOn
Implement AlwaysOn availability groups; implement AlwaysOn failover clustering
Implement replication
Troubleshoot replication problems; identify appropriate replication strategy

Preparation resources
AlwaysOn Availability Groups (SQL Server)
Microsoft SQL Server AlwaysOn solutions guide for high availability and disaster recovery
AlwaysOn architecture guide: Building a high availability and disaster recovery solution by using AlwaysOn Availability Groups


QUESTION 1
You administer a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 database that has multiple tables in the Sales schema.
Some users must be prevented from deleting records in any of the tables in the Sales schema.
You need to manage users who are prevented from deleting records in the Sales schema. You need to achieve this goal by using the minimum amount of administrative effort.
What should you do?

A. Create a custom database role that includes the users. Deny Delete permissions on the Sales schema for the custom database role.
B. Include the Sales schema as an owned schema for the db_denydatawriter role. Add the users to the db_denydatawriter role.
C. Deny Delete permissions on each table in the Sales schema for each user.
D. Create a custom database role that includes the users. Deny Delete permissions on each table in the Sales schema for the custom database role.

Answer: A


QUESTION 2
You administer a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 failover cluster that contains two nodes named Node A and Node B. A single instance of SQL Server is installed on the cluster.
An additional node named Node C has been added to the existing cluster.
You need to ensure that the SQL Server instance can use all nodes of the cluster.
What should you do?

A. Run the New SQL Server stand-alone installation Wizard on Node C.
B. Run the Add Node to SQL Server Failover Cluster Wizard on Node C.
C. Use Node B to install SQL Server on Node C.
D. Use Node A to install SQL Server on Node C.

Answer: B

Explanation:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms191545.aspx
To add a node to an existing SQL Server failover cluster, you must run SQL Server Setup on the node that is to be added to the SQL Server failover cluster instance. Do not run Setup on the active node.
The Installation Wizard will launch the SQL Server Installation Center. To add a node to an existing failover cluster instance, click Installation in the left-hand pane. Then, select Add node to a SQL Server failover cluster.


QUESTION 3
You administer a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 database named ContosoDB. The database contains a table named Suppliers and a column named IsActive in the Purchases schemA.
You create a new user named ContosoUser in ContosoDB. ContosoUser has no permissions to the Suppliers table.
You need to ensure that ContosoUser can delete rows that are not active from Suppliers. You also need to grant ContosoUser only the minimum required permissions.
Which Transact-SQL statement should you use?

A. GRANT DELETE ON Purchases. Suppliers TC ContosoUser

B. CREATE PROCEDURE Purchases.PurgelnactiveSuppliers WITH EXECUTE AS USER = ‘dbo’
AS
DELETE FROM Purchases.Suppliers WHERE IsActive = 0
GO
GRANT EXECUTE ON Purchases.PurgelnactiveSuppliers TO ContosoUser

C. GRANT SELECT ON Purchases.Suppliers TO ContosoUser

D. CREATE PROCEDURE Purchases. PurgeInactiveSuppliers AS
DELETE FROM Purchases.Suppliers WHERE IsActive = 0
GO
GRANT EXECUTE ON Purchases. PurgeInactiveSuppliers TO ContosoUser

Answer: B

Explanation: Explanation/Reference:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms188354.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms187926.aspx


QUESTION 4
You administer a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 instance. After a routine shutdown, the drive that contains tempdb fails.
You need to be able to start the SQL Server.
What should you do?

A. Modify tempdb location in startup parameters.
B. Start SQL Server in minimal configuration mode.
C. Start SQL Server in single-user mode.
D. Configure SQL Server to bypass Windows application logging.

Answer: B

Explanation: Explanation/Reference:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms186400.aspx
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms345408.aspx


QUESTION 5
You use a contained database named ContosoDb within a domain.
You need to create a user who can log on to the ContosoDb database. You also need to ensure that you can port the database to different database servers within the domain without additional user account configurations.
Which type of user should you create?

A. User mapped to a certificate
B. SQL user without login
C. Domain user
D. SQL user with login

Answer: C

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