Microsoft Installing, Configuring and Administering SQL Server

I.     Course Prefix/Number: CNS 207

       Course Name: Microsoft Installing, Configuring and Administering SQL Server

       Credits: 3 (3 lecture; 1 lab)

II.    Prerequisite

Recommend: CNS 111 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.

III.   Course (Catalog) Description

Course provides knowledge and skills required to install, configure, administer, and troubleshoot client-server database management system of Microsoft SQL Server. Focus is on most recent release of Windows. Course covers the most recent release of Microsoft Windows which prepare students for the Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) and/or Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications and is a core examination in the Microsoft Database Administration (MCDBA) curriculum. Recommend: CNS 111 or consent of instructor, coordinator or program chair.

IV.   Learning Objectives

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to:

  1. Describe SQL Server architecture.
  2. Plan for a SQL Server installation, and then install an instance of SQL Server.
  3. Manage files and databases, including determining resource requirements.
  4. Choose a login security method, configure login security, plan and implement database permissions, and describe how to help protect SQL Server in an enterprise network.
  5. Perform and automate administrative tasks and create custom administrative tools.
  6. Back up databases and implement a backup strategy.
  7. Restore databases.
  8. Monitor and optimize SQL Server performance.
  9. Transfer and migrate data into databases.
  10. Maintain the high availability of SQL Server.
  11. Describe how to replicate data from one SQL Server to another

V.    Academic Integrity and Student Conduct

Students and employees at Oakton Community College are required to demonstrate academic integrity and follow Oakton's Code of Academic Conduct. This code prohibits:

• cheating,
• plagiarism (turning in work not written by you, or lacking proper citation),
• falsification and fabrication (lying or distorting the truth),
• helping others to cheat,
• unauthorized changes on official documents,
• pretending to be someone else or having someone else pretend to be you,
• making or accepting bribes, special favors, or threats, and
• any other behavior that violates academic integrity.

There are serious consequences to violations of the academic integrity policy. Oakton's policies and procedures provide students a fair hearing if a complaint is made against you. If you are found to have violated the policy, the minimum penalty is failure on the assignment and, a disciplinary record will be established and kept on file in the office of the Vice President for Student Affairs for a period of 3 years.

Please review the Code of Academic Conduct and the Code of Student Conduct, both located online at

VI.   Sequence of Topics

  1. SQL Server Overview
  2. Planning to Install SQL Server
  3. Managing Database Files
  4. Managing Security
  5. Performing Administrative Tasks
  6. Backing Up Databases
  7. Restoring Databases
  8. Monitoring SQL Server for Performance
  9. Transferring Data
  10. Maintaining High Availability
  11. Introducing Replication

VII.  Methods of Instruction

Methods include lectures, class exercises and class discussion, hands-on lab exercises,
and projects.
Course may be taught as face-to-face, hybrid or online course.

VIII. Course Practices Required

  • Read course materials – textbook and current journals.
  • Attend and participate in class lecture and lab.
  • Complete required assignments, exercises, quizzes, and exams.
  • Complete LAN projects.

IX.   Instructional Materials

Note: Current textbook information for each course and section is available on Oakton's Schedule of Classes.

  • Textbook and Lab book: Microsoft Official Curriculum for Windows
  • Current Self-Test Software
  • Software manuals

X.    Methods of Evaluating Student Progress

Quizzes; examinations; completion of lab assignments, exercises, and LAN Projects.

XI.   Other Course Information

If you have a documented learning, psychological, or physical disability you may be entitled to reasonable academic accommodations or services. To request accommodations or services, contact the Access and Disability Resource Center at the Des Plaines or Skokie campus. All students are expected to fulfill essential course requirements. The College will not waive any essential skill or requirement of a course or degree program.

Oakton Community College is committed to maintaining a campus environment emphasizing the dignity and worth of all members of the community, and complies with all federal and state Title IX requirements.

Resources and support for
  • pregnancy-related and parenting accommodations; and
  • victims of sexual misconduct
can be found at

Resources and support for LGBTQ+ students can be found at

Electronic video and/or audio recording is not permitted during class unless the student obtains written permission from the instructor. In cases where recordings are allowed, such content is restricted to personal use only. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited. Personal use is defined as use by an individual student for the purpose of studying or completing course assignments.

For students who have been approved for audio and/or video recording of lectures and other classroom activities as a reasonable accommodation by Oakton’s Access Disabilities Resource Center (ADRC), applicable federal law requires instructors to permit those recordings. Such recordings are also limited to personal use. Any distribution of such recordings is strictly prohibited.

Violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action through the Code of Student Conduct.