DP-300 Exam Study Guide Microsoft Azure Database Administrator

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DP-300 Study Guide Azure Database Administrator

I am currently preparing for the new Microsoft exam DP-300 Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure. That is why I want to share my new updated DP-300 Microsoft Azure Database Administrator Certification Exam Study Guide with you.  If you are passing the DP-300 exam, you will earn the Microsoft Certified Azure Database Administrator Associate certification, which you understand how to implement and manage the operational aspects of cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions built with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure Data Services. The Azure Database Administrator uses a variety of methods and tools to perform day-to-day operations, including applying knowledge of using T-SQL for administrative management purposes.

To learn and prepare for the exam, I usually use a couple of online resources, mainly Microsoft Docs and Microsoft Learn, which I am going to share with you. You can find more information about how I prepare for a Microsoft Certification exam on my blog post: How to prepare and pass Microsoft Certification Exam.

Also, check out other Microsoft Azure Certification Exam Study Guides:

Here is my DP-300 Azure Database Administrator Associate Certification Exam Study Guide

It is essential to get familiar with the exam objectives and skills measured first. That is why I recommend reading the description of the exam and the skills measured.

Exam DP-300 Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure

Candidates for this exam are database administrators and data management specialists that manage on-premises and cloud relational databases built with Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft Azure Data Services.

The Azure Database Administrator implements and manages the operational aspects of cloud-native and hybrid data platform solutions built on Azure Data Services and SQL Server. The Azure Database Administrator uses a variety of methods and tools to perform day-to-day operations, including applying knowledge of using T-SQL for administrative management purposes.

This role is responsible for management, availability, security and performance monitoring and optimization of modern relational database solutions. This role works with the Azure Data Engineer role to manage operational aspects of data platform solutions.

The high-level view of the skills measured in the exam:

  • Plan and implement data platform resources (15-20%)
  • Implement a secure environment (15-20%)
  • Monitor and optimize operational resources (15-20%)
  • Optimize query performance (5-10%)
  • Perform automation of tasks (10-15%)
  • Plan and implement a High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) environment (15-20%)
  • Perform administration by using T-SQL (10-15%)

You can find more information on the exam website.

Free Online Microsoft Learn DP-300 Exam Study Guide resources

Microsoft Learn provides you with free online training and learning paths for different Microsoft technologies. They not just offer reading material, but also control questions and free online labs. Here are some relevant Microsoft Learn modules and learning paths for the DP-300 Administering Relational Databases on Microsoft Azure Certification Exam. Microsoft Learn is an important part of my DP-300 Azure Database Administrator exam study guide.

The team also just made it easier to prepare with the new DP-300 related learning paths on Microsoft Learn. I highly recommend that you take these for your DP-300 exam preparation.

Microsoft Docs DP-300 Azure Database Administrator study guide resources

One thing I always used to prepare for my Microsoft exams is Microsoft Docs. Here are the relevant Microsoft Docs which I used to prepare and study for the DP-300 exam.

Plan and Implement Data Platform Resources (15-20%)

Deploy resources by using manual methods

Recommend an appropriate database offering based on specific requirements

Configure resources for scale and performance

Evaluate a strategy for moving to Azure

Implement a migration or upgrade strategy for moving to Azure

Implement a Secure Environment (15-20%)

Configure database authentication by using platform and database tools

Configure database authorization by using platform and database tools

Implement security for data at rest

Implement security for data in transit

Implement compliance controls for sensitive data

Monitor and Optimize Operational Resources (15-20%)

Monitor activity and performance

Implement performance-related maintenance tasks

Identify performance-related issues

Configure resources for optimal performance

Configure a user database for optimal performance

Optimize Query Performance (5-10%)

Review query plans

Evaluate performance improvements

Review database table and index design

Perform Automation of Tasks (10-15%)

Create scheduled tasks

Evaluate and implement an alert and notification strategy

Manage and automate tasks in Azure

Plan and Implement a High Availability and Disaster Recovery (HADR) Environment (15-20%)

Recommend an HADR strategy for a data platform solution

Test an HADR strategy by using platform, OS, and database tools

Perform backup and restore a database by using database tools

Configure HA/DR by using OS, platform, and database tools

Perform Administration by Using T-SQL (10-15%)

Examine system health

  • evaluate database health using DMVs
  • evaluate server health using DMVs
  • perform database consistency checks by using DBCC

Monitor database configuration by using T-SQL

Perform backup and restore a database by using T-SQL

Manage authentication by using T-SQL

Manage authorization by using T-SQL

Additional Tips and Resources

I hope this DP-300 Microsoft Azure Database Administrator Certification Exam Study Guide helps you pass the exam. I also recommend that you open a free Azure account if you don’t have one yet. You can create your free Azure account here. Also, check out my blog posts about Microsoft Azure Certification:

I hope you enjoyed my DP-300 Azure Database Administrator Study Guide. Did I miss any link, or do you have any recommended DP-300 Microsoft Azure Database Administrator Certification Exam Study resources? Let me know in the comments.

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