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Querying MS-SQL Server 2012


Exam 70-461 Querying Ms-Sql server 2012 is designed for the candidates who wanted to learn how to query and work with a SQL Server 2012 database. Candidates appearing for this examination are mostly SQL Server database administrators, system engineers, and developers with two or more years of experience, seeking to validate their skills and knowledge in writing queries.

Skills gained will include querying a database using joins and data aggregations and query optimization. This course includes basic management of database objects and using XML SQL Server.

Mentioned below are the topics that the Exam 70-461 Querying Ms-Sql server 2012 covers, along with the respective percentage:

Create database objects (24%)

• Create and alter tables using T-SQL syntax (simple statements)
• Create and alter views (simple statements)
• Design views
• Create and modify constraints (simple statements)
• Create and alter DML triggers.

Work with data (27%)

• Query data by using SELECT statements
• Implement sub-queries
• Implement data types
• Implement aggregate queries
• Query and manage XML data

Modify data (24%)

• Create and alter stored procedures (simple statements)
• Modify data by using INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements
• Combine datasets
• Work with functions

Troubleshoot and optimize (25%)

• Optimize queries
• Manage transactions
• Evaluate the use of row-based operations vs. set-based operations
• Implement error handling

Though there is not concrete information of the questions that Microsoft lays out in the exam. But based on experience, it is being chalked out that, approximately 45-55 questions appear in the examination question set. There are multiple choices for the candidates to choose an answer from. And maximum time limit to crack this examination is 120 minutes. Finally, the passing score is slated at 700.

After passing the Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 (70-461) exam, candidates attains eligibility for the following certifications:

• MCSA: SQL Server 2012
• MCSE: Data Platform
MCSE: Business Intelligence

Admistering MS-SQL Server 2012 Database


Exam 70-462 Administering Ms-Sql server 2012 Databases is designed for the professionals who wanted to brush their knowledge and skills in maintaining a Microsoft SQL Server 2012 database. Mostly, the audiences who attend this course are the ones who administer and maintain SQL Server databases. These individuals perform database administration and maintenance as their primary area of responsibility, or work in environments where databases play a key role in their primary job.

Whereas, the secondary audience for this course are those professionals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.

Added as a prerequisite, candidates who like to attend this course shall have the following technical knowledge, alongside their professional experience:

• Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
• Working knowledge of Transact-SQL.
• Working knowledge of relational databases.
• Some experience with database design.

Mentioned below pointers shows the topics being covered in the examination, with the relevant percentage: Install and configure (19%)

• Plan installation
• Install SQL Server and related services
• Implement a migration strategy
• Configure additional SQL Server components
• Manage SQL Server Agent

Maintain instances and databases (17%)

• Manage and configure databases
• Configure SQL Server instances
• Implement a SQL Server clustered instance
• Manage SQL Server instances

Optimize and Troubleshoot (14%)

• Identify and resolve concurrency problems
• Collect and analyze troubleshooting data
• Audit SQL Server instances

Manage data (19%)

• Configure and maintain a back-up strategy
• Restore databases
• Implement and maintain indexes
• Import and export data

Implement security (18%)

• Manage logins and server roles
• Manage database permissions
• Manage users and database roles
• Troubleshoot security

Implement high availability (12%)
Implement Always On

• Implement a mirroring solution using Always On; failover

Implement database mirroring

• Set up mirroring; monitor the performance of database mirroring
• Troubleshoot replication problems; identify appropriate replication strategy

Implementing Data-Warehouse with MS-Sql Server 2012


Exam 70-463 Implementation Data warehouse with MS-Sql Server 2012 is meant for the Extract Transform Load (ETL) and data warehouse developers who create Business Intelligence (BI) solutions, and whose responsibilities include data cleansing, and Extract Transform Load and data warehouse implementation. In short, the Microsoft has stated that the candidates who fulfils following responsibilities are required to take up the said examination:

• Mastering data using Master Data Services
• Cleansing data using Data Quality Services
• ETL Package development for data loading/transfer/transformation
• Data Synchronization
• One-time data or application migration
• Ad-hoc data manipulations, transformations
• Scheduling ETL jobs
• Managing, configuring and deploying SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) packages

After passing this exam, candidate gains eligibility for the following certifications: 

• MCSA: SQL Server 2012
• MCSE: Data Platform
• MCSE: Business Intelligence

Mentioned below are the topics that the Exam 70-463 Implementation Data warehouse with MS-Sql Server 2012 covers in relevant percentage: 

Design and implement a data warehouse (11%)
• Design and implement dimensions
• Design and implement fact tables
Extract and transform data (23%)
• Define connection managers
• Design data flow
• Implement data flow
• Manage SSIS package execution
• Implement script tasks in SSIS

Load data (27%) 

• Design control flow
• Implement package logic by using SSIS variables and parameters
• Implement control flow
• Implement data load options
• Implement script components in SSIS

Configure and deploy SSIS solutions (24%) 
• Troubleshoot data integration issues
• Install and maintain SSIS components
• Implement auditing, logging, and event handling
• Deploy SSIS solutions
• Configure SSIS security settings

Build data quality solutions (15%) 

• Install and maintain data quality services
• Implement master data management solutions
• Create a data quality project to clean data