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Recovering Data in Azure and SQL Server

About This Course

Is your data protected against disaster? Database administrators, regardless of platform—SQL Server 2016, SQL Server v.Next on Linux, or Azure SQL Databases—want to be ready. In this course, explore the various recovery models you can set up. Learn about your choices for system backup, and then actually do a backup. Plus, get practical tips on how to restore a SQL Server database.

This computer science course introduces features and technologies for recovering data. Topics include:

  • SQL Server Recovery Models
  • Backup of SQL Server Databases
  • Restoring SQL Server Databases

Note: To complete the hands-on elements in this course, you will require an Azure subscription. You can sign up for a free Azure trial subscription (a valid credit card is required for verification, but you will not be charged for Azure services). Note that the free trial is not available in all regions. It is possible to complete the course and earn a certificate without completing the hands-on practices.


  • Familiarity with database concepts and basic SQL query syntax.
  • A willingness to learn actively and persevere when troubleshooting technical problems is essential.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, you will learn how to back up and recover SQL Server 2016, SQL Server v.Next on Linux, and Azure SQL Databases.

You will learn:

  • How to select a backup strategy to meet recovery time and recovery point objectives
  • How to back up databases and transaction logs
  • How to manage backups
  • How to restore databases
  • How to perform a point-in-time recovery

Course Staff

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Chris Randall

Chris is a trainer, consultant, and author with 25 years of industry experience, specializing in SQL Server and the Microsoft data platform. He is a Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert for the SQL Server Data Platform and Business Intelligence, and works in the Microsoft Learning Experiences team as a senior content developer, where he plans and creates content for developers and data professionals who want to get the best out of Microsoft technologies.

Twitter: @cfrandall

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Geoff Allix

Geoff Allix is a Microsoft SQL Server subject matter expert and professional content developer at Content Master — a division of CM Group Ltd. Geoff is a Microsoft Certified IT Professional for SQL Server with extensive experience in designing and implementing database and BI solutions on SQL Server technologies. He has provided consultancy services to organizations seeking to implement and optimize database solutions, and contributed as a writer and subject matter expert to many SQL Server courses including the SQL Server 2014 Microsoft Official Curriculum courses.