Module Overview Overview of SQL Server Databases Working with Files and Filegroups Moving Database Files
Lesson 1: Overview of SQL Server Databases How Data is Stored in SQL Server Determining File Placement and Number of Files Ensuring Sufficient File Capacity System Databases Supplied with SQL Server Overview of tempdb Demonstration 1A: Working with tempdb
How Data is Stored in SQL Server Transaction Log file:.ldf Extent: 8 contiguous 8KB pages Page: 8KB Primary Data file:.mdf Secondary data file:.ndf Primary Data file:.mdf Secondary data file:.ndf Table and Index data is stored in Pages that are grouped in Extents. Special allocation pages keep track of page usage.
Determining File Placement and Number of Files Isolate log and data files at the physical disk level Use appropriate RAID levels Determine the number and location of data files based on performance and maintenance considerations Use additional files to spread data over more spindles or storage locations Use smaller data files when easier maintenance is needed Use data files as units of backup and restore Determine log file requirements Use a single log file in most situations as log files are written sequentially
Ensuring Sufficient File Capacity Estimate the size of data, log files and tempdb Perform load testing with the actual application Check with the database vendor Set the size to a reasonable size: Leave enough place for new data, without the need to expand often Monitor data and log file usage Plan for manual expansion Keep autogrowth enabled to allow for unexpected growth
System Databases Supplied with SQL Server System DatabaseDescription masterStores all system-level configuration msdb Holds SQL Server Agent configuration including job, backup and restore history modelIs the template for new databases tempdb Holds temporary data like temporary tables, table variables, hash tables and the row version store resource Hidden read-only database that contains system objects that are mapped to the sys schema of databases
Overview of tempdb tempdb contains temporary data for internal objects, row versioning, and user objects Is truncated or rebuilt with every restart of the instance Occupies space depending upon workload and usage patterns on the SQL Server instance Should be tested with real-life workloads Place tempdb on a fast and separate I/O subsystem to ensure good performance Split tempdb into data files of equal size per core (up to a maximum of about 8 data files) Use testing to confirm the best value
Demonstration 1A: Working with tempdb In this demonstration, you will see how the size of the tempdb database files is managed.
Lesson 2: Working with Files and Filegroups Creating User Databases Configuring Database Options Instant File Initialization Demonstration 2A: Creating Databases Altering Databases Expanding and Shrinking Database Files Demonstration 2B: Altering Databases Working with Filegroups Demonstration 2C: Filegroups
Creating User Databases Can be created in GUI Can be created with CREATE DATABASE T-SQL command Collation can be specified CREATE DATABASE Branch ON ( NAME = Branch_dat, FILENAME = 'D:\Data\Branch.mdf', SIZE = 100MB, MAXSIZE = 500MB, FILEGROWTH = 20% ) LOG ON ( NAME = Branch_log, FILENAME = 'L:\Logs\Branch.ldf', SIZE = 20MB, MAXSIZE = UNLIMITED, FILEGROWTH = 10MB ); CREATE DATABASE Branch ON ( NAME = Branch_dat, FILENAME = 'D:\Data\Branch.mdf', SIZE = 100MB, MAXSIZE = 500MB, FILEGROWTH = 20% ) LOG ON ( NAME = Branch_log, FILENAME = 'L:\Logs\Branch.ldf', SIZE = 20MB, MAXSIZE = UNLIMITED, FILEGROWTH = 10MB );
Configuring Database Options Database-level options are unique to each database OptionDescription Auto Options Define whether some operations should occur automatically within the database Page Verify Define how the page should be verified when read from disk. Should be set to CHECKSUM Recovery ModelDefines the recovery model of the database State options Sets the state of the database, such as Online/Offline, Restricted Access or Read Only Important database options:
Instant File Initialization Allows reclaiming used disk space quickly Does not require first filling that space with zeros Is a minor security concern Is enabled by assigning the SQL Server service account the Perform Volume Maintenance Tasks permission Applies only to data files Does not apply to log files
Demonstration 2A: Creating Databases In this demonstration you will see how to create a database using the GUI in SSMS and using the CREATE DATABASE statement in T-SQL.
Altering Databases Database files can be added, dropped, expanded, and shrunk All file operations are online operations using SSMS ALTER DATABASE DBCC (options such as CHECKDB and SHRINKFILE) Dropping a database file requires it to be emptied first Need to migrate data to other files
Expanding and Shrinking Database Files Files can be expanded manually Files can grow automatically using the auto-growth options Performed only when new place is needed Can lead to blocking and time-out problems Should be avoided: Plan for manual file expansion Shrinking files is possible Uses DBCC SHRINKDATABASE, DBCC SHRINKFILE Should be performed only when absolutely needed Is a very intrusive operation Can lead to heavily fragmented databases
Demonstration 2B: Altering Databases In this demonstration you will see: How to add a file to a database How to expand a database file How to shrink a database file How to drop a database file
Working with Filegroups Other Filegroups Other Filegroups Primary Filegroup Primary Filegroup Database Data File(s) *.mdf, *.ndf Data File(s) *.mdf, *.ndf Log File(s) *.ldf Log File(s) *.ldf Data File(s) *.ndf Data File(s) *.ndf Filegroups are named groups of database files that are used to control placement of database objects. Filegroups can be backed up or restored separately.
Demonstration 2C: Filegroups In this demonstration you will see: How to create a database with several filegroups How to create objects in filegroups
Lesson 3: Moving Database Files Overview of Detach and Attach Moving User Database Files Demonstration 3A: Detach and Attach Moving System Database Files Copying Databases Demonstration 3B: Moving and Reconfiguring tempdb
Overview of Detach and Attach Detaching a database drops the database from the instance Data and log files are kept intact Detached files can be attached again on the same or a different instance Use detach/attach to move databases to other instances Detach/attach is also useful in disaster recovery situations
Moving User Database Files Data and log files can be moved within the instance Can be performed using Detach/Attach Preference is to use the ALTER DATABASE statement Use Detach/Attach when moving between instances Logical name of the database files are needed Used to identify the files to be moved Database needs to be set offline Files need to be moved manually within the filesystem
Demonstration 3A: Detach and Attach In this demonstration, you will see how to use detach and attach with database files.
Moving System Database Files All system databases except the resource database can be moved to new locations Moving the master database: Startup parameters for the SQL Server services must be changed Files must be moved manually while the instance is stopped Moving other system databases: Use ALTER DATABASE as with user databases Be cautious performing these operations Misconfiguration can prevent SQL Server from starting
Copying Databases There are different ways to copy databases: Backup and Restore Detach and Attach Copy Database Wizard Copy Database Wizard Can be used to move or copy databases between instances Can copy additional objects the database depends on such as logins, jobs, maintenance plans, user-defined error messages and shared objects from the master database Can be scheduled through a SQL Agent Job
Demonstration 3B: Moving and Reconfiguring tempdb In this demonstration, you will see how to move and reconfigure tempdb to have multiple files.
Lab 4: Working with Databases Exercise 1: Adjust tempdb configuration Exercise 2: Create the RateTracking database Exercise 3: Attach the OldProspects database Challenge Exercise 4: Add multiple files to tempdb (Only if time permits) Logon information Estimated time: 45 minutes
Lab Scenario Now that the Proseware instance of SQL Server has been installed and configured on the server, a number of additional database configurations need to be performed. As the database administrator, you need to perform these configuration changes. You need to create a new database on the server, based on requirements from an application vendor's specifications. A client has sent you a database that needs to be installed on the Proseware instance. Instead of sending you a backup, they have sent a detached database and log file. You need to attach the database to the Proseware instance. A consultant has also provided recommendations regarding tempdb configuration that you need to review and implement if appropriate.
Lab Review What is the biggest challenge where databases on a single server use different collations? Why should tempdb have multiple files on most systems?
Module Review and Takeaways Review Questions Best Practices
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