Database Engine Tutorials
Updated: August 2, 2016
This section contains tutorials for SQL Server 2016 Database Engine.
Tutorial: Getting Started with the Database Engine
This tutorial teaches how to connect to an instance of the Database Engine.
Tutorial: SQL Server Management Studio
This tutorial introduces you to the integrated environment for managing your SQL Server infrastructure. SQL Server Management Studio presents a graphical interface for configuring, monitoring, and administering instances of SQL Server. It also allows you to deploy, monitor, and upgrade the data-tier components used by your applications, such as databases and data warehouses. SQL Server Management Studio also provides Transact-SQL, MDX, DMX, and XML language editors for editing and debugging scripts.
Tutorial: Writing Transact-SQL Statements
This tutorial teaches the fundamental skills of writing the Transact-SQL statements for creating and managing objects in a SQL Server database.
Tutorial: Database Engine Tuning Advisor
This tutorial introduces you to using the advisor to examine how queries are processed, and then review recommendations for improving query performance.
Tutorial: Using the hierarchyid Data Type
This tutorial teaches how to convert a table to a hierarchical structure, and then manage the data in the table.
Tutorial: Signing Stored Procedures with a Certificate
This tutorial illustrates signing stored procedures using a certificate generated by SQL Server.
Tutorial: Ownership Chains and Context Switching
This tutorial uses a scenario to illustrate SQL Server security concepts involving ownership chains and user context switching.
Tutorial: Administering Servers by Using Policy-Based Management
This tutorial teaches how to create policies that enforce site administration standards.
Tutorial: SQL Server Backup and Restore to Windows Azure Blob Storage Service
This tutorial illustrates how to do a SQL Server backup and restore to the Windows Azure Blob Storage Service.
Tutorial: Using the Microsoft Azure Blob storage service with SQL Server 2016 databases
This tutorial helps you understand how to store SQL Server data files in the Windows Azure Blob storage service directly.