Exam 70-465: Designing Database Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server

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This exam is intended for database professionals who design and build database solutions in the organization. They are responsible for the creation of plans and designs for database structure, storage, objects, and servers. They create the plan for the environment in which the database solution runs.


As of February 18, 2016, this exam includes content covering both SQL Server 2012 and 2014. Please note that this exam does not include questions on features or capabilities that are present only in the SQL Server 2012 product. For more information, please download and review this document.

Part of the requirements for: MCSE: Data Management and Analytics

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    This exam is intended for database professionals who design and build database solutions in the organization. They are responsible for the creation of plans and designs for database structure, storage, objects, and servers. They create the plan for the environment in which the database solution runs.

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Skills measured

  • Design a database structure (25-30%)
  • Design databases and database objects (30-35%)
  • Design database security (10-15%)
  • Design a troubleshooting and optimization solution (25-30%)

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