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Analyzing SQL Server 2000 Data Caching

One of SQL Server 2000’s main selling points is its ease-of-use and simplicity. You can install it out of the box and use it pretty much without making many configuration changes. In terms of the product’s use of memory, there are some settings you can change, for example, how much memory to use, whether to […]

Optimizing Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services: Execution Log Reporting: Preparation as a Data Source

What We Will Need to Complete the Series Tutorials To get the most out of the Optimizing MSSQL Server Reporting Services series, we need to have installed Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services, together with Microsoft Visual Studio.NET (required to access Report Designer for report creation). Reporting Services ships with MSSQL Server 2000, and many […]

Does SQL Server 2005 Clustering Really Make Sense for My Organization’s Needs?

As the forum administrator for SQL-Server-Performance.Com, I see hundreds of questions from DBAs on SQL Server clustering. What always surprises me is how misunderstood clustering is. So exactly what do I, and Microsoft, mean when we refer to SQL Server 2005 clustering? Here’s a good working definition: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 clustering is a high-availability […]

Identify SQL Server Hardware Bottlenecks

Performance Audit Checklist  Counter Name Average Minimum Maximum  Memory: Pages/sec  Memory: Available Bytes  Physical Disk: % Disk time  Physical Disk: Avg. Disk Queue Length  Processor: % Processor Time  System: Processor Queue Length  SQL Server Buffer: Buffer Cache Hit Ratio  SQL Server General: User Connections Enter your results in the table above.   Use Performance Monitor to Help […]

How to Configure Virtual Server 2005 in Order to Setup a Test SQL Server Cluster

Introduction There are a lot of DBAs who want to learn how to cluster SQL Server. There are also a lot of companies who may have a production SQL Server cluster, but not a test SQL Server cluster. In both cases, the reason for this is that clustering hardware is very expensive, and setting up […]

Using Profiler to Identify Poorly Performing Queries

Return to Previous Article in the Series SQL Server Query Performance Audit Checklist SQL Server Job Checklist Your Response Have you identified all long running queries? Have you prioritized the queries? Have you reviewed the execution plans of the above prioritized queries? Enter your results in the table above. Identifying Long Running Queries is First […]

SQL Server Backup Performance with Imceda LiteSpeed

Introduction For the last several weeks, I have been working with Imceda (now Quest Software) on improving the performance of LiteSpeed for SQL Server, particularly for high–end storage systems. This report represents my assessment of LiteSpeed performance characteristics. I am an independent consultant, so this report does not represent the views or claims of Quest. […]

Create Local Cubes with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft Office

As the number of people who are conducting business from outside the corporate workplace increases, the need to access corporate databases using devices such as mobile phones and portable computers also increases. The corporate world invests considerable resources in capturing volumes of data. Online Analytical Processing (OLAP) is a popular technology used to collate and […]

SQL Server 2000 & 2005 Clustering

Chapter 1 – Basics of SQL Server ClusteringIf your AAA critical SQL server faces a memory board failure, how long will be the outage? How much will this cost your business in productivity and data availability to the users? Being a SQL Server DBA can be demanding and stressful, as the success of your application […]

How to Identify Non-Active SQL Server Indexes

As a DBA, it is our regular task to review our databases and see if there is any way we can boost their performance. While adding new or better indexes to a database is one of the primary ways we can boost performance, an often forgotten way to help boost database performance is to remove […]
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