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Education_cert_logo_2008.jpg Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0 Administrator Associate Certification

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Certification Exam Title: Sybase Certified Adaptive Server Administrator Associate (Version 15.0)
Passing Grade: 70%
Number of Multiple Choice Questions: 60
Exam Number: 510-025
Exam Duration: 90 Minutes

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Education orange_arrow.gif QUESTION: How can I register for the exam?

ANSWER: Please visit the SAP Certification website for details about SAP Education's certification programs, schedules benefits and offerings.

Education orange_arrow.gif QUESTION: How do I prepare for this exams?

ANSWER: It is recommended you work with Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0* for at least 6 months before taking the exam. If you have taken a corresponding course, it is suggested you review all of the content, especially topics that you have yet to master.

*This exam is based on the Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0 GA version, which is the first main release of ASE. Any functionality that is new or changed in later releases are not included in this exam.

We also recommend preparing by:

  • Spending a minimum of 40 hours thoroughly covering all topics listed in the exam study guide

Education orange_arrow.gif QUESTION: What is the format of this exam?

ANSWER: Each candidate will have one hour and thirty minutes to complete the exam which consists of 60 multiple-choice questions. The passing grade is 70% (42 questions answered correctly).

Education orange_arrow.gif QUESTION: What are some suggestions for when I take this exam?

ANSWER: Space your time accordingly and do not spend too much time on each question. When answering a question, you'll have the opportunity to mark an answer "for review". Keep this in mind, as it will allow you to revisit your marked questions later, before finally submitting your exam.



Section 1 - Adaptive Server Enterprise Overview (4 questions - 6%)

  • Understand Adaptive Server Enterprise Architecture
  • Understand the purpose of each system database
  • Describe the use of each system table
  • Understand Sybase utilities

Section 2 - Adaptive Server Enterprise New Features 15.0 (9 questions - 15%)

  • Understand the use of the new features in Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0
  • Understand the new Query Optimization feature
  • Understand changes to Dump and Load
  • Describe any new utility features
  • Describe significant SQL changes     
  • Understand how to create computed columns, indexes on computed columns and describe function based Indexes
  • Understand scrollable cursors such as cursor sensitivity, scrolling the worktable, and global variable usage
  • Describe the performance monitoring, diagnosis, and statistics such as query processing metrics, streamlined trace flags, XML format trace output, GUI Plan Viewer, changes to update statistics, and changes to sp_sysmon
  • Understand extensible new limits for new Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0 datatypes such as bigint, unsigned int, smallint, unitext, unsigned bigint
Section 3 - Configuration, Upgrade & Installation (4 questions - 6%)
  • Understand how to manage Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0 configuration parameters
  • Understand how to install and upgrade Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0 from a previous version
  • Understand the environment variables used by Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0
  • Understand server page sizes
Section 4 - Resource Allocation (4 questions - 6%)
  • Understand the use of file systems, raw partitions, and the dsync clause
  • Describe the partitioning of tables and indexes
  • Be familiar with how to plan, create and manage devices and databases
  • Have knowledge of capacity planning and system limits: for example, devices, databases, segments and transaction logs
  • Understand the system tables related to capacity planning
  • Understand how to manage tables and the details of the alter table subcommands
  • Understand the purposes of the Last Chance Threshold and Freespace Threshold, such as  how do you make use of them
  • Be acquainted with how to recreate the DDL from reading the storage-related system tables
  • Understand storage space requirements
  • Have knowledge of table creation and structure
Section 5 - Database and Logs (7 questions - 13%)
  • Describe how to manage databases and transaction logs
  • Understand how to perform logical database rebuilds
  • Understand how to use segments for performance and capacity planning
  • Understand the purposes and uses of system- and user-defined segments
  • Understand Relaxed Size Limitations
  • Understand Large Identifiers
  • Understand Version Migration
  • Understand the standard Adaptive Server Enterprise datatypes that are not included in Section 2
Section 6 - Backup and Recovery (6 questions - 11%)
  • Experience with how to manage the database and transaction log dumps
  • Understand how dumps are processed and what types of dump and load functionality is available in Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0
  • Understand Cross-Platform Dump and Load
  • Understand dump compression
  • Understand how to perform dumps and loads for standby access
  • Understand how to enable up to the minute recovery
  • Understand all of the following: backup production databases, truncate the transaction log, recover from disasters, protect the master database, and use Sybase mirrorin

Section 7 - Cache Management (4 questions - 7%)

  • Understand how Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.0 manages memory, such as data cache(s), procedure cache sizing, and when are pages written to disk
  • Understand how to configure data caches and buffer pools
  • Describe the Statement Cache
Section 8 - Security (5 questions - 8%)
  • Be familiar with Adaptive Server Enterprise's password security features
  • Understand how to manage passwords
  • Describe how to grant and revoke privileges in a granular fashion
  • Understand the use of system roles and user-defined roles and their precedence
  • Understand the difference and precedence between groups and user-defined roles
  • Understand the use of proxy authorization
  • Understand the use of access rules
Section 9 - Transaction Management (3 questions - 5%)
  • Understand transaction Management in Adaptive Server Enterprise, such as commits, rollbacks, locks, and deadlocks
  • Understand how isolation levels are implemented and when to use each one of them
  • Understand implicit and explicit transactions and transaction modes
  • Understand the difference between transactions and checkpoints
  • Understand the transaction log and minimally logged operations
  • Understand how Adaptive Server Enterprise manages pages in memory
  • Describe the use of the BCP utility
Section 10 - Dynamic Reconfiguration (4 questions - 6%)
  • Understand dynamic (re)configuration
  • Have knowledge of which configuration parameters are static or dynamic
  • Understand how dynamic (re)configuration uses memory

Section 11 - Parallel Performance (3 questions - 5%)

  • Have knowledge of how to keep partition statistics up-to-date
  • Understand how to read and interpret columns statistics and how to keep them up to date
  • Understand how to defragment tables efficiently
  • Be familiar with the various table-based and index-based access methods
  • Understand how to enable and utilize parallel processing

Section 12 - Locking and Concurrency (3 questions - 5%)

  • Understand the different lock types and their use by T-SQL commands
  • Understand how different locking schemes work and how to use them
  • Understand how to diagnose lock contention
  • Understand the effect of different lock types, as well as lock schemes on application concurrency
  • Understand lock promotion

Section 13 - Object Resource Management (3 questions - 5%)

  • Describe how to use table partitioning and the criteria for table partitioning
  • Describe the steps involved in creating partitions
  • Understand partition skew and how to rebalance a partitioned table
  • Understand how to keep partition statistics up-to-date


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