Archive for February, 2017

Which SQL Server Certification should I take: 98-364, 70-461 or 70-761 ? – MSDN TSQL forum

February 18, 2017 3 comments

–> Question:

I just started learning SQL Server, and I want to get certified, I checked internet, but I got confused.

There is exam 98-364, 70-461, 70-761, and i want to get MCSA in SQL

could some one explain to me what should i do …

–> My Answer:

>> MCSA or Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate in SQL Server can be earned on following areas with respective exams:

– Database Development (761, 762)
– Database Administration (764, 765)
– Business Intelligence (767, 768)

>> Exam 98-364 is to get Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) certification. It is the most basic exam that focuses just on basic SQL, and is for people new to technology, who need to validate their knowledge of fundamental concepts before moving on to more advanced certifications. This exam covers:

1. RDBMS, DBMS concepts and terms, like Normanization, PK, FK, etc.
2. Plain SQL querying knowledge, like DDL, DML, etc. and indexes.
3. Simple DBA stuff, like security, backup/restore, etc.


>> Exam 70-761 is also an advanced exam which is based upon SQL Server 2016, which is the latest version of SQL Server as of today. To earn MCSA you have to take 70-762 exam as well as mentioned above, check this link for MCSA SQL Server 2016:

>> Exam 70-461 is also an advance level exam but now older based upon SQL Server 2012 or 2014. Check this link for MCSA SQL Server 2012/2014:

Please note: Exam 98-364 is not required here, and as mentioned above its just to make sure you have knowledge in working with basic SQL Querying.

Ref link.


SQL Server 2016 Install Error – Rule “Oracle JRE 7 Update 51 (64-bit) or higher is required for Polybase” failed

February 9, 2017 2 comments

While installing SQL Server 2016/2017 with Polybase feature, you might have noticed this issue, and some of you would have no idea what to do next.

Rule Check Result
Rule “Oracle JRE 7 Update 51 (64-bit) or higher is required for Polybase” failed.

This computer does not have the Oracle Java SE Runtime Environment Version 7 Update 51 (64-bit) or higher installed. The Oracle Java SE Runtime Environment is software provided by a third party. Microsoft grants you no rights for such third-party software. You are responsible for and must separately locate, read and accept applicable third-party license terms. To continue, download the Oracle SE Java Runtime Environment from

–> This is because the new Polybase feature in SQL Server requires Java Runtimes or JRE.

1. You are installing SQL Server and you chose Polybase feature.

2. On the next Feature Rule page you get stuck with following error: Oracle JRE 7 Update 51 or higher is required, Failed.

3. You click on the Failed link it popped up an error box giving you more error details shown below:

4. You just need to click on the URL provided in the error popup box, or you can directly download it from [here].

5. You will be redirected to the Oracle JRE download page.
– Here you first need to Register/Login
– Accept the License Agreement
– Finally download the JRE EXE file.

6. After JRE installation is completed, just Re-run the Rules and it will be Passed this time, click Next.

–> You can also check this in video here: