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Question 16 :

In SQL Server 2005, which network protocols use endpoints?

Answer :

All of the above
All communication points with SQL Server using network protocols use an endpoint. SQL Server creates defaults for each protocol that you enable.


Question 17 :

You have a SQL Server 2005 cluster and need to add anti-virus software as per your corporate standards. What should you exclude from scans?

Answer :

Log and data files for your databases as well as the Quorum drive and the backup folders.
Anti-virus programs can exist on the same server as SQL Server without an issue if you exclude certain items. The database data and log files, backup files and folders, the quorum drive for clusters, temporary replication files, the SQL Server log files, and Log Shipping folders/files. You do not need to exclude that SQL Server executables and probably do not want to so that they are protected.


Question 18 :

Can you give me an overview of some of the database objects available for use in SQL Server 2000?

Answer :

You are looking for objects such as: tables, views, user-defined functions, and stored procedures; it's even better if they mention additional objects such as triggers. It's not a good sign if an applicant cannot answer this basic question.


Question 19 :

What is an index? What types of indexes are available in SQL Server 2000?

Answer :

Any experienced database developer should be able to answer this question with ease. Some of the less-experienced developers will be able to answer it, but with a little less clarity.

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In its most simple terms, an index is a data structure used to provide quick access to data in a database table or view. In SQL Server, they come in two flavors: clustered and non-clustered. Clustered indexes store the data at the leaf level of the index. This means that whichever field(s) in your table are included in the clustered index, they will be stored in an orderly fashion in the table. Because of this sorting, you can only have one clustered index per table. Non-clustered indexes contain a row identifier at the leaf level of the index. This row identifier is a pointer to a location of the data on the disk. This allows you to have more than one non-clustered index per table.


Question 20 :

What does NULL mean?

Answer :

The value NULL is a very tricky subject in the database world, so don't be surprised if several applicants trip up on this question.
The value NULL means UNKNOWN; it does not mean '' (empty string). Assuming ANSI_NULLS are on in your SQL Server database, which they are by default, any comparison to the value NULL will yield the value NULL. You cannot compare any value with an UNKNOWN value and logically expect to get an answer. You must use the IS NULL operator instead.