SQL Server Webcasts on TechNet: SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional

Part 1: A Fast-Paced Feature Overview and Series Introduction (Level 200)

Length: 97 minutes. Instructor: Kimberly L. Tripp. Accompanying blog post: here.

This first webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series presents the new features designed to help improve administration, management, and operations. This webcast provides an overview of new features, how they fit together, and best practices for each. Building a robust, recoverable, and reliable system requires knowledge, best practices, and finding the right tool for the job. Join this series to learn how to build the foundation for success.

Part 2: Security (Level 200) (no longer available from Microsoft)

Length: 116 minutes. Instructor: Bob Beauchemin. Accompanying blog post: here.

Part 3: Understanding Installation Options and Initial Configuration (Level 200)

Length: 118 minutes. Instructor: Kimberly L. Tripp. Accompanying blog post: here.

Graphical installation requires you to continually click next through the options with the idea that you can always change the settings later. We believe there is a much better way. Make the right decisions at installation to ensure a more secure and properly configured environment. In this third webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, we present Service Account options, Authentication Mode, secure sockets layer (SSL) security (without installing SSL), password requirements, and installation directory structures. We explain code page and sort order selection for new and upgraded installations. The session wraps up with the changes necessary immediately after installation: setting the system administrator (SA) password and using the SQL Surface Area Configuration tool and Configuration Manager.

Part 4: Upgrade Considerations and Migration Paths (Level 200)

Length: 124 minutes. Instructor: Kimberly L. Tripp. Accompanying blog post: here.

In this fourth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, we help you prepare your migration path to minimize potential failures. In the first half of this session learn how to use the Upgrade Advisor and what to look for in your existing databases. The second half helps you to understand your options and explains the Copy Database Wizard, Detach/Attach, and Backup/Restore features. Join us to create a careful and easy test plan today so that your migration is easy tomorrow!

Part 5: Effective Use of the New Management Tools (Level 200)

Length: 128 minutes. Instructor: Kimberly L. Tripp. Accompanying blog post: here.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 introduces a new set of tools that are a radical departure from previous versions. If you want to avoid a steep learning curve attend this fifth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, presented by Kimberly Tripp, to discover the new features designed to make the database administration and database development teams more effective and productive. Understanding the impact of the Microsoft Visual Studio shell—and where SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) diverges from the standard shell—can help you to use SSMS more effectively. The primary focus of this webcast is on solutions, projects, customizing the query tool, and source control integration.

Part 6: New Application Design Patterns for Scalability and Availability and the Operational Implications of Service Broker (Level 200)

Length: 81 minutes. Instructor: Bob Beauchemin. Accompanying blog post: here.

SQL Service Broker is an integral part of the database in Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Understanding why developers may choose to use this is one part of the picture, but some internal SQL Server features use it as well. In this sixth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, we present what new data objects comprise Service Broker, what new SQL statements you need to know about, and how you manage it, secure it, and monitor it, along with information about when it is appropriate to consider a Broker-based application. Join us to learn about dynamic management views and profiler support, in addition to how you can troubleshoot operational problems. The webcast also explains the internal functions run by Service Broker and how they work.

Part 7: Technologies and Features to Improve Availability (Level 200)

Length: 138 minutes. Instructor: Kimberly L. Tripp. Accompanying blog post: here.

Find the right technology for the job in this seventh webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series. Join us to learn which technologies provide the right solution for a specific problem, as well as the pros and cons of each technology. Designing a system to protect you against the faults most likely to occur is the first and most important strategy, but finding the right combination to minimize both downtime and data loss is critical. This webcast covers all of the “Availability” technologies at a glance: remote mirroring, failover clustering, database mirroring, log hipping, replication, redundant array of independent disks (RAID), partial database availability, piecemeal online restore, database snapshots, snapshot isolation, and online operations.

Part 8: Implementing Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 (Part 1 of 2) (Level 200)

Length: 78 minutes. Instructor: Mark Wistrom (Microsoft). Accompanying blog post: here.

Database mirroring was released for testing when Microsoft SQL Server 2005 shipped as a product. As we approach the first service pack, get prepared for the release of database mirroring for general production use and understand the barriers of what database mirroring will protect against. Attend this first part in the eighth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series to obtain better insight for when database mirroring should be implemented as well as what to expect moving forward in service pack 1 (SP1).

Part 9: Implementing Database Mirroring in SQL Server 2005 (Part 2 of 2) (Level 200)

Length: 130 minutes. Instructor: Kimberly L. Tripp. Accompanying blog post: here.

After learning about what database mirroring provides—as well as the changes to expect in service pack 1(SP1)—attend this second part in the ninth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series to walk through the entire process of implementation, failover, and monitoring. Join us for this slide-free session; it’s all about the demos.

Part 10: Recovering from Human Error (Level 200)

Length: 124 minutes. Instructor: Kimberly L. Tripp. Accompanying blog posts: here and here.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provides a variety of new features to help deal with the possibility of human error with preventative techniques, investigative techniques, and recovery techniques. Join this tenth webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series as we look at data definition language (DDL) triggers, event notifications, partial database availability, partial database restores, and database snapshots.

Part 11: Best Practices in Building Robust, Recoverable, and Reliable Systems (Level 200)

Length: 118 minutes. Instructor: Kimberly L. Tripp. Accompanying blog post: here.

In this eleventh and last webcast of the SQL Server 2005 for the IT Professional series, Kimberly Tripp reviews key areas discussed throughout the series to ensure that all areas have been covered. This summary session should keep you thinking, give you more resources to review and use, and point to a few new areas to consider. Building a robust, recoverable, and reliable system takes a myriad of options. Join us to learn what the options are and how you can start making the most of them.