Teradata Database

Advanced DBA Exam

About the exam

Covers features and functionality of the Teradata Database through release 16.10.

This exam establishes candidate has the knowledge and skills necessary to identify optimal archive and restore strategies, analyze system resource trends to plan for future requirements, identify optimal database and table design, translate logical data model to physical data model, administer and setup Viewpoint, identify and use collected data to isolate and resolve performance issues, identify the benefits of advanced security configurations, use the advanced space management features, create user definitions to meet advanced data access requirements, troubleshoot performance and system issues, design and implement workload management.

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RECERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

Advanced DBA certification expires after three years, requiring another passing grade exam or a job role certification. Earning this certification extends the Teradata Database Associate and DBA certifications expiration date. 

RECOMMENDED EXPERIENCE 

A minimum of two to three years hands-on experience with Teradata Database and applications is recommended.

CREDENTIALS

Successful completion of this exam will earn you a Teradata Database Certified Advanced DBA certification with a digital badge.

PREREQUISITES

Successfully passing the Associate and DBA Exams are prerequisites. Any candidate with a Teradata 14 certification may bypass this exam. Those with a bypass exam do not earn that certification.

DURATION

This exam allows 2 hours and 45 minutes for answering exam questions.

COST

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For more details regarding specific exam objectives, download this PDF.

ARCHIVE MANAGEMENT - 8% 

Given a scenario, identify the optimal archive strategy (Backup and Recovery (BAR)) for a database object or system. Given a scenario, identify the optimal restore strategy for a database object or system under failure conditions or unique restoration requirements. Given a scenario, identify appropriate use of DSA. (This includes DSE and DSU)

CAPACITY PLANNING - 10%

Given a scenario of increased customer demand, identify major system resource trends and future capacity needs. Given a scenario, analyze system CPU and system I/O data for capacity planning purposes. Given a scenario, analyze AWT usage data for capacity planning purposes. Given a scenario, analyze session data for capacity planning purposes.

DATABASE DESIGN AND INDEXING - 12%

Given a scenario, identify the optimal implementation of row and/or column partitioning. Given a scenario, identify optimal ANSI temporal implementation. Given a scenario, identify the proper advanced indexing strategy for a table. Given a scenario, identify the optimal compression strategy (for example: MVC, ALC, BLC, columnar compression, temperature-based compression, and fallback only copy). Identify the technique used for a given layer (for example: modeling techniques per layered framework (acquisition, integration, access). Identify the features and implications of using advanced data types and enhanced table design options (for example: JSON and BSON).

DATABASE TOOLS AND UTILITIES - 7%

Given a scenario, identify the process that should be used to setup and administer a Viewpoint system (for example: LDAP configuration, Viewpoint (cache) database backup, user definition, roles definition, and alert infrastructure). Given a scenario, identify the process that should be used to setup and administer a monitored system (for example: system definition, data collectors, alert setup, and remote console).

WORKLOAD MANAGEMENT - 15%

Through scenario-based questioning, candidates should be able to identify: TIWM solution, TASM solution, and how to use Query Banding, throttles, exceptions, and utility workload limits for workload management.

SECURITY MANAGEMENT AND AUDITING - 8%

Identify the features, functionality and benefits of secure zones. Identify the features, functionality and benefits of advanced security configurations (for example: TD Wallet, LDAP, Kerberos, SSO, logon rules, IP Filter, etc.).

SPACE MANAGEMENT - 8%

Identify the features, functionality, and benefits of global space accounting. Identify the purpose of FreeSpace Percent and which utilities benefit from it. Given a scenario, identify the advanced space management utility that should be used.

USER ADMINISTRATION - 7%

Given a scenario, identify how to meet specific 3-tier data access requirements. Identify the features and components of account string expansion and where and why it is used. Given a scenario, identify how to protect certain data values from unauthorized access.

DATABASE MANAGEMENT - 12%

Given a scenario, identify the system macro that execute privilege is required to be granted. Given a scenario, identify how to project when requested resources will exceed defined thresholds. Given a performance troubleshooting scenario, identify the likely cause of the problem and how to identify it. Identify the effects on a user session of changing a DBS control parameter. Identify reasons to have a planned system restart. Identify how to monitor an unplanned system restart. Given a scenario, identify the process that can be used to identify and repair a corrupted table. Identify the details that are required to create a QueryGrid Foreign Server. Identify QueryGrid performance considerations. Identify the features, functionality, and benefits of MAPS.

PERFORMANCE MANAGEMENT - 13%

Given a scenario, identify the optimal statistics to collect, implement, and manage (for example: Statistics Manager, Auto statistics jobs [recollect, analyze]). Identify the features, functionality, and benefits of Teradata Intelligent Memory (TIM). Given a scenario, identify the source of the data (for example: XML and XML Lock Table). Given a scenario, identify what ResUsage data is used to isolate the cause of a performance issue. Given a scenario, identify the process, methodology, and tools to troubleshoot a blocking condition. Given a scenario, identify how to analyze and remediate sub-optimal queries. Given a scenario, identify the implications in performance and efficiency when moving tables from one MAP to another. Given a scenario, identify the effects of partition locking. Given a scenario, identify how to implement load isolation.
 

preparing for your exam

The Teradata Certified Professional Program partners with the Teradata Education Network to provide Teradata courseware and curriculum that relates to each exam.

Please note that these courses are recommended and not required. Taking or passing a course does not guarantee passing of any TCPP certification exam.

Additional training may need to be taken in order to cover all of the objectives on the exam. You can view course descriptions and schedules, and enroll online.

SOFTWARE DOWNLOADS

Available through Teradata Developers Exchange to help you prepare with hands on application.

SAMPLE QUESTIONS

The TCPP team has created sample questions to help you prepare for the exam. Access the Teradata Database Sample Questions here

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bypass option

Already Certified in Teradata 14?

Teradata 14 Database Administrator and Master certification holders can bypass the Associate and DBA Exam to take the next track progression exam—Advanced DBA.

There is no bypass for the Advanced DBA Exam. You must pass this exam to achieve Teradata Database certification.