Duration

3 days.

Prerequisites

  • Experience as SQL DBA
  • Experience as Windows IT PRO

    Skills Gained

    • Understaand AlwasyOn High Availability
    • Employ Server 2016 Failover Clustering
    • Deploy SQL Failover Clusters
    • Work with Availability Groups
    • Perform maintenance
    • Monitor and Troubleshoot Availability Groups

      Who Can Benefit?

      Experienced DBAs, Windows Server pros, team leads. This is a lab intense course!
      We designed this course based on our experience of having taught hundreds of classes to literally thousands of students. We tried very hard to make the labs, of which there are over 30, very oriented to a single concept such as Adding a Replica or Transferring Logons. We did this because it is common in technical courses to write long labs with multiple exercises which in our opinion is not effective as they turn into click streams. We assume the student is new to the technology and that the instructor is knowledgeable in it.

        Outline for SQL Always On High Availability with SQL 2016 Training

        Outline


        Module 1: Introduction
        This module explains the course and objectives.
        Lessons

        • Introduction

        Lab 1: None
        • N/a
        After completing this module, students will be able to:
        • Course introduction

        Module 2: ALWAYSON AND HIGH AVAILABILITY CONCEPTS AND TERMINOLOGY
        This module will introduce the participants to the concepts and terminology used in the course.
        Lessons
        • Concepts and Terminology
        • Table of Availability
        • High Availability
        • Causes of Downtime
        • Planned downtime
        • Unplanned downtime
        • Disaster Recovery
        • Recovery Time Objective (RTO)
        • Recovery Point Objective (RPO)
        • Recovery Level Objective (RLO)
        • Storage Area Networks (SAN)
        • Edition Changes from SQL 2012
        • SQL Server 2014 Changes
        • SQL Server 2016 Changes
        • Legacy Solutions prior to Always On
        • Failover Cluster Instances
        • Log Shipping
        • A Typical Log Shipping Configuration
        • Monitor Server
        • Replication
        • Database Mirroring
        • Database Mirroring Terminology
        • Principle
        • Mirror
        • Witness (red box in image above)
        • Database Snapshots
        • Limitations of legacy solutions:
        • What do we mean by Always On?
        • Table of Always On Comparison

        Lab 1: None
        • N/a
        After completing this module, students will be able to:
        • Terminology
        • SQL 2014 Changes
        • SQL2016 Changes
        • Understand the role of the SANS

        Module 3: WINDOWS SERVER 2016 FAILOVER CLUSTERING
        Failover clustering is covered in this module and is a critical feature of AlwaysOn High Availability.
        Lessons
        • Understanding Failover Clustering in Server 2016
        • Statefull High Availability Solution
        • Supported in both Standard and Datacenter
        • Servers should run similar hardware
        • Should run same edition
        • Hyper-V best with datacenter
        • Certified for Windows server logo
        • Shared Storage
        • Quorums
        • Node Majority
        • Node and Disk Majority configuration:
        • Node and File Share Majority
        • No Majority
        • Configuration
        • Cluster Networks Best Practices
        • Connection to nodes to shared storage
        • Private network for internal cluster
        • Public network for client connections
        • Cluster Aware Updating
        • Virtual Machine Failover Clustering
        • Preferred Owners
        • Failover Failback
        • Resources
        • Dependences
        • Heartbeat

        Lab 1: Set up iSCSI Server
        • Set up iSCSI Server

        Lab 2: Install the iSCSI VMS
        • Install the iSCSI VMS

        Lab 3: Add Servers to Server Manager for Ease of Management
        • Add Servers to Server Manager for Ease of Management

        Lab 4: Add the Windows Cluster Feature to SQL1, SQL2 And SQL3
        • Add the Windows Cluster Feature to SQL1, SQL2 And SQL3

        Lab 5: Create the iSCSI Initators to add the shared storage
        • Create the iSCSI Initators to add the shared storage

        Lab 6: Create the Windows Cluster
        • Create the Windows Cluster

        Lab 7: Add a Clustered Service
        • Add a Clustered Service

        Lab 8: Test The Failover Of The Windows Service
        • Test The Failover Of The Windows Service

        Lab 9: Delete Role
        • Delete Role

        Lab 10: Examine the Quorum Settings
        • Examine the Quorum Settings
        After completing this module, students will be able to:
        • ISCSI Setup
        • Work with Roles
        • Understand Quorums
        • Understand Windows Failover
        • Understand Cluster Service
        • Understand Preferred Owners
        • Understand Node Majority

        Module 4: SQL 2016 FAILOVER CLUSTER INSTANCES
        In this module we move from the generic failover clustering to the specifics involving SQL.
        Lessons
        • Failover Cluster Instance
        • As A FCI Appears To A Client

        Lab 1: Create A Configuration File By Running The Advanced Cluster Preparation Wizard
        • Create A Configuration File By Running The Advanced Cluster Preparation Wizard

        Lab 2: Complete The SQL Cluster Installation On SQL1
        • Complete The SQL Cluster Installation On SQL1

        Lab 3: Install The Cluster On SQL2 And SQL3
        • Install The Cluster On SQL2 And SQL3

        Lab 4: Test the SQL Cluster
        • Test the SQL Cluster
        After completing this module, students will be able to:
        • Cluster Testing
        • Understand Configuration Files
        • Install Clusters

        Module 5: SQL 2016 ALWAYS ON AVAILABILITY GROUPS
        Within the failover clusters of SQL are the concept of Availability groups and their enhancements with the release of SQL 2016 which is the focus of this module.
        Lessons
        • Availability Groups and Replicas
        • Primary Replica
        • Secondary Replicas
        • Availability Group Listener
        • Availability Mode
        • Synchronous Commit Mode
        • Asynchronous Commit Mode
        • Failover Modes
        • Automatic Failover Without Data Loss
        • Automatic Failover Requirements:
        • Manual
        • Manual Failover Requirements
        • Common Topologies

        Lab 1: Create a SQL Instance For The Availability Group
        • Create a SQL Instance For The Availability Group

        Lab 2: Enable the SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group Feature
        • Enable the SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Group Feature

        Lab 3: Set Up For Availability Groups
        • Set Up For Availability Groups

        Lab 4: The Availability Group Wizard
        • The Availability Group Wizard

        Lab 5: SSMS and Availability Groups
        • SSMS and Availability Groups
        After completing this module, students will be able to:
        • Enable AlwaysOn
        • Understand and work with availability Groups

        Module 6: The Dasboard
        Managing AlwaysOn High Availability groups wit SQL 2016 is accomplished with the Dashboard. This module will demonstrate the skills necessary for the accomplishment of the management tasks.
        Lessons
        • The Dashboard
        • How to view logs
        • Using replication with Logins
        • Using partially contained databases

        Lab 1: The Dashboard
        • The Dashboard

        Lab 2: Replicating Logins and Jobs
        • Replicating Logins and Jobs

        Lab 3: Contained or Partially Contained Databases
        • Contained or Partially Contained Databases
        After completing this module, students will be able to:
        • Understand the Dashboard
        • Perform Logon and Job replication

        Module 7: Active Secondary Availability Group Actions
        Within Availability groups you may have Active secondary SQL which is covered and demonstrated in this module.
        Lessons
        • Reporting with Secondary Replicas
        • Configuring a Readable secondary
        • Read-Only Routing
        • Load Balancing
        • Lab: Configure a Read-Only Secondary
        • Database Backups with Secondary
        • Steps of Backup Using secondary
        • Backup Preference Options

        Lab 1: Database Backup Using Secondary Replica
        • Database Backup Using Secondary Replica

        Lab 2: Configure a Read-Only secondary
        • Configure a Read-Only secondary
        After completing this module, students will be able to:
        • Perform backups with Secondary Replicas
        • Configure a Read-Only Replica

        Module 8: Maintenance
        In this module you explore maintenance procedures for AlwaysOn High Avialability Groups.
        Lessons
        • DBCC Checks
        • Database Adding and Removing

        Lab 1: Add a Database
        • Add a Database

        Lab 2: Remove a Database
        • Remove a Database

        Lab 3: Add a Replica
        • Add a Replica

        Lab 4: Remove a Replica
        • Remove a Replica
        After completing this module, students will be able to:
        • Add and Remove Databases
        • Add and Remove Replicas

        Module 9: MONITORING AND TROUBLESHOOTING AVAILABILITY GROUPS
        In this the final module you will learn how to monitor the clusters and Availability groups and various common troubleshooting procedures.
        Lessons
        • The Dashboard in Depth
        • Events
        • Policy Based Managemnt for Availability Groups

        Lab 1: Dashboard Wizards
        • Dashboard Wizards

        Lab 2: Create an Extended Event Session
        • Create an Extended Event Session

        Lab 3: Using T-SQL
        • Using T-SQL

        Lab 4: Policy based management for Availability Groups
        • Policy based management for Availability Groups

        Lab 5: Observe a Policy In Action
        • Observe a Policy In Action

        Lab 6: Create Three Conditions To Be Used In The RTO And RPO Policies
        • Create Three Conditions To Be Used In The RTO And RPO Policies

        Lab 7: Create Two Policies RTO and RPO
        • Create Two Policies RTO and RPO

        Lab 8: Test The Policies
        • Test The Policies

        Lab 9: Change Endpoint Owner
        • Change Endpoint Owner
        After completing this module, students will be able to:
        • Change Owners
        • Work with Policies
        • Work with Extended Events