SQL Server Essentials

Essentially, it's about SQL Server

The course is designed as an introduction to the important features of relational databases and specifically Microsoft SQL Server. This course uses SQL Server 2017 but is equally suitable for SQL Server 2016 and other previous versions. This course will help delegates prepare for the Microsoft Technology Associate: SQL Server Database Fundamentals certification (Exam 98-364).

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Purpose of this course

The course covers a terminology guide; key features of SQL Server; a comprehensive guide to the SQL Server tools, including the Management Studio; and database implementation basics, with an introduction to T-SQL and data integrity. Exercises are included to consolidate the skills taught.

Who is this course for

Personnel who need to understand the basic concepts of SQL Server, from an administration, support, querying or development viewpoint. The course is also suitable for application developers (Visual Basic, C#, etc.) who need a solid grounding in SQL Server.

You will learn how to
  • Understand entity relationship diagrams
  • Write basic Transact SQL queries
  • Create databases and tables
  • Understand the role of transaction logs
  • Use primary and foreign keys
Benefits for your organisation

SQL Server has become a popular choice for enterprise wide applications. This course will begin the process of raising the level of knowledge of SQL Server in your organisation. It will help to create a level playing field of SQL Server knowledge in your organisation.


Benefits for you as an individual

Many roles now require knowledge of SQL Server. This course will equip you with the essential skills to use SQL Server whatever your role with SQL Server. It will give you the skills needed for further SQL Server training.

Relational Database Concepts

What is a Database?
Logical and Physical Design
The Relational Database
Primary Keys & Foreign Keys
Entity Relationship Diagrams
Design Normalisation

Relational Database Architecture

Structured Query Language - SQL
Stored Queries
Transactions and Log Files
Client-Server and Middleware Architectures

SQL Server and Architecture

Overview of SQL Server
Server Fundamentals
Users and Security
Networked Architecture

SQL Server Tools

SQL Management Studio
SQL Server Configuration Tool
SQL Server Documentation
SQL Server Profiler
Database Engine Tuning Advisor
Performance Monitor

Viewing Data

Accessing Data within Database Tables
The SELECT Statement
Manipulating Data
Selecting Rows
Sorting Data
Aggregate Functions
Querying Multiple Tables Using Joins

Database and Table Structures

Creating Databases using SQL Server and T-SQL
Creating Tables in SQL Server
Entering and Editing Data
Creating Tables and Columns in T-SQL
Modifying Tables and Columns
Computed Columns
Database Diagrams
Creating Database Diagrams

Manipulating Data

Modifying Data in Tables
INSERT Statement
The DELETE Statement
The UPDATE Statement

Enforcing Data Integrity

Types of Data Integrity
Ensuring Integrity with Triggers

Improving Data Access

Using Views
Speeding up Data Access with Indexes
Application Development Environment


Delegates should have a working knowledge of Windows. No previous experience of SQL Server or relational databases is required.

About the Lead Trainer

Stephen has 20 years’ experience in the IT industry. A member of the Institute of IT Training and British Computer Society with a degree in business computing systems, Stephen has a solid foundation upon which his ITIL® Expert qualification sits.