Workshop with Microsoft: Mission Critical Ops with SQL Server & Azure (Downers Grove)


Workshop with Microsoft: Mission Critical Ops with SQL Server & Azure

Microsoft understands that your applications are mission critical, your business data must be highly available, and downtime with data loss is totally unacceptable.

We are offering a 1-day SQL Server Mission Critical Ops workshop, FREE of charge, to our enterprise customers so they can minimize these risks and better protect their business. Learn about our enhanced Always On solution and how it integrates with System Center and Azure:

  • Get hands-on with skilled experts leading the session
  • Discover new ways to remove complexity and improve the availability of your mission critical operations
  • Encourage discussion around how these technologies help address business problems

This workshop is a unique learning experience since it puts the participant in the driver’s seat. No need to bring anything, each attendee will be provided their own computing device.


  • Learn to identify SQL Servers for HA/DR requirements
  • Review SQL Server 2014 AlwaysOn and Windows Server 2012 Clustering
  • Create a Windows Failover Cluster with no shared disk
  • Create and configure multiple AlwaysOn Availability Groups for HA/DR on premise, and in the cloud (Azure)
  • Initiate planned and unplanned failovers
  • Create active secondary replicas for reporting and backups; utilize System Center 2012 Database Protection Manager integration to automate backups
  • Manage and monitor AlwaysOn Availability Groups with dashboard and monitoring integration available in System Center 2012 Operations Manager
  • Learn how applications leverage AlwaysOn Availability Groups to minimize downtime
  • Deploy SQL Server databases to SQL Azure
  • Backup databases directly to Azure storage


Who Should Attend

This workshop is for experienced Database Administrators who want to learn about SQL Server High Availability and Disaster Recovery solutions to protect their business.


Exposure to data warehouse concepts, high availability systems, and disaster recovery is essential for maximum benefit from this workshop.