Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure v1.0

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You have an Azure Storage account that contains 100 GB of files. The files contain rows of text and numerical values. 75% of the rows contain description data that has an average length of 1.1 MB.
You plan to copy the data from the storage account to an enterprise data warehouse in Azure Synapse Analytics.
You need to prepare the files to ensure that the data copies quickly.
Solution: You modify the files to ensure that each row is more than 1 MB.
Does this meet the goal?

  • A. Yes
  • B. No

Answer : B

Instead convert the files to compressed delimited text files.

You build a data warehouse in an Azure Synapse Analytics dedicated SQL pool.
Analysts write a complex SELECT query that contains multiple JOIN and CASE statements to transform data for use in inventory reports. The inventory reports will use the data and additional WHERE parameters depending on the report. The reports will be produced once daily.
You need to implement a solution to make the dataset available for the reports. The solution must minimize query times.
What should you implement?

  • A. an ordered clustered columnstore index
  • B. a materialized view
  • C. result set caching
  • D. a replicated table

Answer : B

Materialized views for dedicated SQL pools in Azure Synapse provide a low maintenance method for complex analytical queries to get fast performance without any query change.
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C: One daily execution does not make use of result cache caching.
Note: When result set caching is enabled, dedicated SQL pool automatically caches query results in the user database for repetitive use. This allows subsequent query executions to get results directly from the persisted cache so recomputation is not needed. Result set caching improves query performance and reduces compute resource usage. In addition, queries using cached results set do not use any concurrency slots and thus do not count against existing concurrency limits.

You have an Azure Synapse Analytics workspace named WS1 that contains an Apache Spark pool named Pool1.
You plan to create a database named DB1 in Pool1.
You need to ensure that when tables are created in DB1, the tables are available automatically as external tables to the built-in serverless SQL pool.
Which format should you use for the tables in DB1?

  • A. CSV
  • B. ORC
  • C. JSON
  • D. Parquet

Answer : D

Serverless SQL pool can automatically synchronize metadata from Apache Spark. A serverless SQL pool database will be created for each database existing in serverless Apache Spark pools.
For each Spark external table based on Parquet or CSV and located in Azure Storage, an external table is created in a serverless SQL pool database.

You are planning a solution to aggregate streaming data that originates in Apache Kafka and is output to Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2. The developers who will implement the stream processing solution use Java.
Which service should you recommend using to process the streaming data?

  • A. Azure Event Hubs
  • B. Azure Data Factory
  • C. Azure Stream Analytics
  • D. Azure Databricks

Answer : D

The following tables summarize the key differences in capabilities for stream processing technologies in Azure.

General capabilities -

Integration capabilities -


You plan to implement an Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 container that will contain CSV files. The size of the files will vary based on the number of events that occur per hour.
File sizes range from 4 KB to 5 GB.
You need to ensure that the files stored in the container are optimized for batch processing.
What should you do?

  • A. Convert the files to JSON
  • B. Convert the files to Avro
  • C. Compress the files
  • D. Merge the files

Answer : B

Avro supports batch and is very relevant for streaming.
Note: Avro is framework developed within Apacheג€™s Hadoop project. It is a row-based storage format which is widely used as a serialization process. AVRO stores its schema in JSON format making it easy to read and interpret by any program. The data itself is stored in binary format by doing it compact and efficient.

You store files in an Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 container. The container has the storage policy shown in the following exhibit.

Use the drop-down menus to select the answer choice that completes each statement based on the information presented in the graphic.
NOTE: Each correct selection is worth one point.
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Box 1: moved to cool storage -
The ManagementPolicyBaseBlob.TierToCool property gets or sets the function to tier blobs to cool storage. Support blobs currently at Hot tier.

Box 2: container1/contoso.csv -
As defined by prefixMatch.
prefixMatch: An array of strings for prefixes to be matched. Each rule can define up to 10 case-senstive prefixes. A prefix string must start with a container name.

You are designing a financial transactions table in an Azure Synapse Analytics dedicated SQL pool. The table will have a clustered columnstore index and will include the following columns:
✑ TransactionType: 40 million rows per transaction type
✑ CustomerSegment: 4 million per customer segment
✑ TransactionMonth: 65 million rows per month
AccountType: 500 million per account type

You have the following query requirements:
✑ Analysts will most commonly analyze transactions for a given month.
✑ Transactions analysis will typically summarize transactions by transaction type, customer segment, and/or account type
You need to recommend a partition strategy for the table to minimize query times.
On which column should you recommend partitioning the table?

  • A. CustomerSegment
  • B. AccountType
  • C. TransactionType
  • D. TransactionMonth

Answer : D

For optimal compression and performance of clustered columnstore tables, a minimum of 1 million rows per distribution and partition is needed. Before partitions are created, dedicated SQL pool already divides each table into 60 distributed databases.
Example: Any partitioning added to a table is in addition to the distributions created behind the scenes. Using this example, if the sales fact table contained 36 monthly partitions, and given that a dedicated SQL pool has 60 distributions, then the sales fact table should contain 60 million rows per month, or 2.1 billion rows when all months are populated. If a table contains fewer than the recommended minimum number of rows per partition, consider using fewer partitions in order to increase the number of rows per partition.

You have an Azure Data Lake Storage Gen2 account named account1 that stores logs as shown in the following table.

You do not expect that the logs will be accessed during the retention periods.
You need to recommend a solution for account1 that meets the following requirements:
✑ Automatically deletes the logs at the end of each retention period
✑ Minimizes storage costs
What should you include in the recommendation? To answer, select the appropriate options in the answer area.
NOTE: Each correct selection is worth one point.
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Box 1: Store the infrastructure logs in the Cool access tier and the application logs in the Archive access tier
For infrastructure logs: Cool tier - An online tier optimized for storing data that is infrequently accessed or modified. Data in the cool tier should be stored for a minimum of 30 days. The cool tier has lower storage costs and higher access costs compared to the hot tier.
For application logs: Archive tier - An offline tier optimized for storing data that is rarely accessed, and that has flexible latency requirements, on the order of hours.
Data in the archive tier should be stored for a minimum of 180 days.
Box 2: Azure Blob storage lifecycle management rules
Blob storage lifecycle management offers a rule-based policy that you can use to transition your data to the desired access tier when your specified conditions are met. You can also use lifecycle management to expire data at the end of its life.

You plan to ingest streaming social media data by using Azure Stream Analytics. The data will be stored in files in Azure Data Lake Storage, and then consumed by using Azure Databricks and PolyBase in Azure Synapse Analytics.
You need to recommend a Stream Analytics data output format to ensure that the queries from Databricks and PolyBase against the files encounter the fewest possible errors. The solution must ensure that the files can be queried quickly and that the data type information is retained.
What should you recommend?

  • A. JSON
  • B. Parquet
  • C. CSV
  • D. Avro

Answer : B

Need Parquet to support both Databricks and PolyBase.

You have an Azure Synapse Analytics dedicated SQL pool named Pool1. Pool1 contains a partitioned fact table named dbo.Sales and a staging table named stg.Sales that has the matching table and partition definitions.
You need to overwrite the content of the first partition in dbo.Sales with the content of the same partition in stg.Sales. The solution must minimize load times.
What should you do?

  • A. Insert the data from stg.Sales into dbo.Sales.
  • B. Switch the first partition from dbo.Sales to stg.Sales.
  • C. Switch the first partition from stg.Sales to dbo.Sales.
  • D. Update dbo.Sales from stg.Sales.

Answer : B

A way to eliminate rollbacks is to use Metadata Only operations like partition switching for data management. For example, rather than execute a DELETE statement to delete all rows in a table where the order_date was in October of 2001, you could partition your data monthly. Then you can switch out the partition with data for an empty partition from another table
Note: Syntax:
SWITCH [ PARTITION source_partition_number_expression ] TO [ schema_name. ] target_table [ PARTITION target_partition_number_expression ]
Switches a block of data in one of the following ways:
✑ Reassigns all data of a table as a partition to an already-existing partitioned table.
✑ Switches a partition from one partitioned table to another.
✑ Reassigns all data in one partition of a partitioned table to an existing non-partitioned table.

You are designing a slowly changing dimension (SCD) for supplier data in an Azure Synapse Analytics dedicated SQL pool.
You plan to keep a record of changes to the available fields.
The supplier data contains the following columns.

Which three additional columns should you add to the data to create a Type 2 SCD? Each correct answer presents part of the solution.
NOTE: Each correct selection is worth one point.

  • A. surrogate primary key
  • B. effective start date
  • C. business key
  • D. last modified date
  • E. effective end date
  • F. foreign key

Answer : BCE

C: The Slowly Changing Dimension transformation requires at least one business key column.
BE: Historical attribute changes create new records instead of updating existing ones. The only change that is permitted in an existing record is an update to a column that indicates whether the record is current or expired. This kind of change is equivalent to a Type 2 change. The Slowly Changing Dimension transformation directs these rows to two outputs: Historical Attribute Inserts Output and New Output.

You have a Microsoft SQL Server database that uses a third normal form schema.
You plan to migrate the data in the database to a star schema in an Azure Synapse Analytics dedicated SQL pool.
You need to design the dimension tables. The solution must optimize read operations.
What should you include in the solution? To answer, select the appropriate options in the answer area.
NOTE: Each correct selection is worth one point.
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Box 1: Denormalize to a second normal form
Denormalization is the process of transforming higher normal forms to lower normal forms via storing the join of higher normal form relations as a base relation.
Denormalization increases the performance in data retrieval at cost of bringing update anomalies to a database.

Box 2: New identity columns -
The collapsing relations strategy can be used in this step to collapse classification entities into component entities to obtain flat dimension tables with single-part keys that connect directly to the fact table. The single-part key is a surrogate key generated to ensure it remains unique over time.

Note: A surrogate key on a table is a column with a unique identifier for each row. The key is not generated from the table data. Data modelers like to create surrogate keys on their tables when they design data warehouse models. You can use the IDENTITY property to achieve this goal simply and effectively without affecting load performance.

You plan to develop a dataset named Purchases by using Azure Databricks. Purchases will contain the following columns:
✑ ProductID
✑ ItemPrice
✑ LineTotal
✑ Quantity
✑ StoreID
✑ Minute
✑ Month
✑ Hour

Year -

✑ Day
You need to store the data to support hourly incremental load pipelines that will vary for each Store ID. The solution must minimize storage costs.
How should you complete the code? To answer, select the appropriate options in the answer area.
NOTE: Each correct selection is worth one point.
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Box 1: partitionBy -
We should overwrite at the partition level.
.parquet("/data/hive/warehouse/db_name.db/" + tableName)
Box 2: ("StoreID", "Year", "Month", "Day", "Hour", "StoreID")
Box 3: parquet("/Purchases")

You are designing a partition strategy for a fact table in an Azure Synapse Analytics dedicated SQL pool. The table has the following specifications:
✑ Contain sales data for 20,000 products.
Use hash distribution on a column named ProductID.

✑ Contain 2.4 billion records for the years 2019 and 2020.
Which number of partition ranges provides optimal compression and performance for the clustered columnstore index?

  • A. 40
  • B. 240
  • C. 400
  • D. 2,400

Answer : A

Each partition should have around 1 millions records. Dedication SQL pools already have 60 partitions.
We have the formula: Records/(Partitions*60)= 1 million
Partitions= Records/(1 million * 60)
Partitions= 2.4 x 1,000,000,000/(1,000,000 * 60) = 40
Note: Having too many partitions can reduce the effectiveness of clustered columnstore indexes if each partition has fewer than 1 million rows. Dedicated SQL pools automatically partition your data into 60 databases. So, if you create a table with 100 partitions, the result will be 6000 partitions.

You are creating dimensions for a data warehouse in an Azure Synapse Analytics dedicated SQL pool.
You create a table by using the Transact-SQL statement shown in the following exhibit.

Use the drop-down menus to select the answer choice that completes each statement based on the information presented in the graphic.
NOTE: Each correct selection is worth one point.
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Box 1: Type 2 -
A Type 2 SCD supports versioning of dimension members. Often the source system doesn't store versions, so the data warehouse load process detects and manages changes in a dimension table. In this case, the dimension table must use a surrogate key to provide a unique reference to a version of the dimension member. It also includes columns that define the date range validity of the version (for example, StartDate and EndDate) and possibly a flag column (for example,
IsCurrent) to easily filter by current dimension members.
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A Type 1 SCD always reflects the latest values, and when changes in source data are detected, the dimension table data is overwritten.

Box 2: a business key -
A business key or natural key is an index which identifies uniqueness of a row based on columns that exist naturally in a table according to business rules. For example business keys are customer code in a customer table, composite of sales order header number and sales order item line number within a sales order details table.

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