Administering Microsoft Azure SQL Solutions (DP300)

4 days / 32 hours | online / onsite

Learn what you need to know to run Azure SQL professionally

What Does this Course Cover?

This course provides students with the knowledge and skills to manage a SQL Server database infrastructure for cloud, on-premises, and hybrid relational databases that work with Microsoft PaaS relational database offerings. In addition, it is useful for individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.

in coop with ITLS Learning Solutions

This trainings prepares for: Microsoft Certified: Azure Database Administrator Associate

Next Dates

11/20/2023 – 11/23/2023, ITLS, onsite, online
03/18/2024 – 03/21/2023, ITLS, onsite, online


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Successful Azure database administrators begin this role with professional database administration experience and technical knowledge of cloud technologies.

This is especially true in the following cases:

  • Working and developing with SQL Server and maintaining SQL Server.
  • Experience with Azure, such as provisioning and managing resources.

Course Outline

Module 1: The Role of the Azure Database Administrator

This module explores the role of a database administrator in the world of Azure. It also provides some foundational information relevant to the overall content. This includes a review of the various SQL Server-based options (SQL Server in a VM, Managed Instances, and Azure SQL Database.) Students will learn why compatibility level is a crucial concept when working with SQL databases in Azure. Students are also introduced to other database platforms available on Azure in addition to those based on SQL Server, in particular PostgreSQL and MySQL
Azure Data Platform Roles
Azure Database Platforms and Options
SQL Server Compatibility Levels
Azure Preview Features
Lab : Using the Azure Portal and SQL Server Management Studio
Provision a SQL Server on an Azure Virtual Machine
Connect to SQL Server and Restore a Backup

Module 2: Plan and Implement Data Platform Resources

This module introduces methods for deploying data platform resources in Azure. You will learn about options for both upgrading and migrating existing SQL databases to Azure. You will learn how to set up Azure resources to host SQL Server on a Virtual Machine, a Managed Instance, Azure SQL Database and either PostgreSQL or MySQL. You will learn how to determine which options are best based on specific requirements including the High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) needs. They will learn to calculate resource requirements and create templates for their deployments.
Deploying SQL Server using IaaS
Deploying SQL Server using PaaS
Deploying Open Source Database Solutions on Azure
Lab : Deploying Azure SQL Database
Deploy a VM using an ARM template
Configure resources needed prior to creating a database
Deploy an Azure SQL Database
Register the Azure SQL Database instance in Azure Data Studio and validate connectivity
Deploy PostgreSQL or MySQL using a client tool to validate connectivity

Module 3: Implement a Secure Environment

This module explores the practices of securing your SQL Server Database as well as an Azure SQL database. This includes a review of the various SQL Server-based options as well as the various Azure options for securing Azure SQL Database as well as the databases with reside within Azure SQL Database. . Students will lean why security is crucial when working with databases. . Students are also introduced to other database platforms available on Azure in addition to those based on SQL Server, in particular, Azure Database for MariaDB/MySQL/PostgreSQL
Configure Database Authentication
Configure Database Authorization
Implement Security for Data at Rest
Implement Security for Data in Transit
Implement Compliance Controls for Sensitive Data
Lab : Implement a Secure Environment
Configure a server-based firewall rule using the Azure Portal
Authorize Access to Azure SQL Database with Azure Active Directory
Enable Advanced Data Security and Data Classification
Manage access to database objects

Module 4: Monitor and Optimize Operational Resources

This module will teach you about resource optimization for your databases created using either IaaS or PaaS services. The module also covers monitoring server and hardware resources. It will familiarize you with the various tools available for monitoring performance and establishing a baseline. You will learn how to interpret performance metrics for the most critical resources. You will also learn how to troubleshoot database performance using Azure SQL Database Intelligent Insights.
Baselines and Performance Monitoring
Major Causes of Performance Issues
Configuring Resources for Optimal Performance
User Database Configuration
Performance-related Maintenance Tasks
Lab : Monitor and Optimize Resources
Isolate CPU Problems
Use Query Store observe blocking problems
Detect and correct fragmentation issues

Module 5: Optimize Query Performance

Query execution plans are potentially the most important aspect of database performance. Improving bad plans is certainly an area where a small amount of effort can bring huge improvements. While hardware issues can limit query performance, improving hardware usually yields performance improvements in the 10-20% range, at most. More commonly database administrators encounter queries that are not optimized, have stale or missing statistics, have missing indexes, or poor database design choices that lead to the database engine doing more work than is necessary to return results for a given query. Improving the plans can sometimes yield performance improvements in the 100-200% range or even more, meaning that after improving a plan with better indexes or statistics, a query could run twice or three times as fast! This module provides details on how to analyze individual query performance and determine where improvements can be made.
Understanding SQL Server Query Plans
Explore Performance-based Database Design
Evaluate Performance Improvements
Lab : Query Performance Troubleshooting
Identify issues with database design AdventureWorks2017
Isolate problem areas in poorly performing queries in AdventureWorks2017
Use Query Store to detect and handle regression in AdventureWorks2017
Use query hints to impact performance in AdventureWorks2017

Module 6: Automation of Tasks

A common goal for database administrators in many environments is to automate as many of their repetitive tasks. This can be as simple as using scripting to automate a backup process, and as complex as building a fully automated alerting system. This module provides details of automating tasks to simplify the DBA’s job. Methods include scheduling tasks for regular maintenance jobs, as well as multi-instance administration and configuration of notifications for task success or failure or non-completion.
Setting up Automatic Deployment
Defining Scheduled Tasks
Configuring Extended Events
Managing Azure PaaS resources Using Automated Methods
Lab : Automating Tasks
Deploy an Azure template from a Quickstart template on GitHub
Configure notifications based on performance metrics
Deploy an Azure Automation Runbook (or elastic job) to rebuild indexes on an Azure SQL Database

Module 7: Plan and Implement a High Availability and Disaster Recovery Environment

Data must be available when the business needs it. That means the solutions hosting the data must be designed with availability and recoverability in mind. Suppose you work for a company that sells widgets both in stores and online. Your main application uses a highly transactional database for orders. What would happen if the server or platform hosting the transactional database had a problem that made it unavailable or inaccessible for some reason? What impact would it have on the business? If the right solution is put in place, the database would come online in a reasonable timeframe with minimal effort, thus allowing business to continue with little-to-no impact. This module and its associated lab cover configuring, testing, and managing a solution for high availability and disaster recovery (HADR) in Azure, for both Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) deployments. This module will not only cover basic requirements, but also the various options available to achieve HADR.
High Availability and Disaster Recovery Strategies
IaaS Platform and Database Tools for HADR
PaaS Platform and Database Tools for HADR
Database Backup and Recovery
Lab : Plan and Implement a High Availability and Disaster Recovery Environment
Create an Always On Availability Group
Enable Geo-Replication for Azure SQL Database
Backup to URL and Restore from URL

Walter Putz


MCSA, MCSE Database Engine as well as MCT, is SQL Server Architect at Lucient. He works as a consultant and trainer for T-SQL programming, administration and DWH/BI in the entire German-speaking region, among others for ONE, A1, Daimler or Raiffeisen. He delivers SQL Server trainings in Berlin, Munich, Frankfurt, Dresden, Leipzig among others for Stadtwerke München, Ferrero, Carl Zeiss, Casinos Austria, Magna and others.