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Exam Profile: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (70-462)


Date: Oct 31, 2012

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This article profiles the Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (70-462) exam for database professionals who perform installation, maintenance, and configuration tasks. Pearson IT Certification provides a variety of exam preparation tools to help our customers in their quest for certification, including the Exam Profile series. Each profile is developed based on the testing experience of one of our trainers or authors. You won’t get exact questions or answers, but you will get a real feel for the exam. Each profile describes question forms, trouble spots, hints for exam preparation, and recommendations for additional study resources. Find out what you can expect to see on the exam and how you can better prepare for it.

The 70-462 exam is meant to be taken by Database Professionals who perform installation, maintenance and configuration tasks as their primary areas of responsibility. They will often set up database systems and are responsible for making sure those systems operate efficiently. They also make sure that the data they store is backed up regularly, stored effectively, and that the data is secure from unauthorized access. Microsoft states that the exam is meant to be taken by those whose primary responsibilities may include:

After passing the Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (70-462) exam, you complete the requirements for the following certification(s):

Exam Details

Trouble Spots

As with any exam, it will vary from person to person as to what is deemed to be difficult. Be sure you are familiar with each of the topics in the exam objectives listed below.

Microsoft advises that customers utilize virtualization technologies to help ensure that they are licensing only the compute power that they need to run SQL Server 2012. If you do not need all of the computing power on a server, Microsoft will allow the customer to license software at the individual VM level. By doing this, you can carve out a portion of computing power on a large server and then license just the number of virtual cores that it has created within that virtual operating system environment.

For local installations, you must run Setup as an administrator. If you install SQL Server from a remote share, you must use a domain account that has read and execute permissions on the remote share.

Typical stand-alone instances of SQL Server 2012, whether default or named instances, do not use a non-default value for the Instance ID.

Following a SharePoint upgrade, your reporting services environment will be in a non-working state until SQL Server is upgraded.

A full backup will back up your users but not your logins. In order to back up your logins, you must to back up the Master database. To restore your database to a different server, you must synchronize your logins by using the sp_change_users_login command. A differential backup backs up only the data that has changed since the last full backup. A transaction-log backup will back up all transactions that occur in the database and will purge or clean up the log after the backup completes. Using a transaction-log backup gives you point-in-time recovery for a database. An incremental style repository aims to make it more feasible to store backups from more points in time by organizing the data into increments of change between points in time.

Trouble Spots

Preparation Hints

Review the Exam Objectives below and make sure that you are familiar with them. The Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases exam is designed for those who have experience in this environment. Always check the Microsoft site for the specific exam you are going to take. In this instance, the site is

There are many web sites and blogs that can help you to research topics, but be careful to fully research the information you read. It is not advisable to try to find sites that list questions and answers for several reasons. First, you don’t know if you will be asked a specific question and second, the answers given in a blog may be inaccurate and third, you need to understand the information to adequately prepare.

When taking the exam, read each question carefully. Microsoft is notorious for adding a lot of unneeded information in their questions. Make sure that when you click on a choice, that it is really marked. Be careful clicking anywhere on the screen. I found that by inadvertently clicking near the scroll bar on the right of the screen, I actually changed an answer. You get a single piece of paper and a marker for writing. You can use a small amount of time before you even start the exam to make notes once you enter the test area. Sometimes there is even a questionnaire at the beginning of the test that does not count against your test time. You can even use this time to write down notes, facts, tables or other information by taking your time between answers.

Recommended Study Resources

Training Kit (Exam 70-462): Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases by Orin Thomas, Peter Ward and Bob Taylor (Jul 16, 2012)

Learning Plans and Classroom Training 10775A: Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases (5 Days)

Preparation Hints

Exam Objectives

The exam objectives are broken up into six different categories. The 70-462 exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.

The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

The objectives for Exam 70-462 as stated by Microsoft are as follows:

Install and Configure (19%)

Maintain Instances and Databases (17%)

Optimize and Troubleshoot (14%)

Manage Data (19%)

Implement Security (18%)

Implement High Availability (12%)

Where to Go from Here

After you pass the Designing Business Intelligence Solutions with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 exam, you may want to take the following exams:

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