SQL Server Performance Tuning

High Call Volume SQL Server Applications on NUMA Systems

One of the most difficult database operations to scale-up on high-end server systems is the network call. In fact, without special precautions, a high call volume database application can have severe negative scaling on large systems. It is suspected that this problem is more pronounced on NUMA systems than basic SMP systems. A NUMA system […]

How Using GUIDs in SQL Server Affect Index Performance

Recently, I was asked my opinion on a database design schema our company developers were working on. When I heard they were using GUID’s (Global Unique Identifier) as PK’s (primary keys), my jaw about dropped. It turns out the reasoning behind the use of GUID’s for keys was completely legitimate, and actually is the reason […]

Finding Duplicate Indexes in Large SQL Server Databases

One important component of tuning a large, heavily used database, is to ensure that the tables are indexed optimally: enough indexing, but not too much indexing for the application you are running. There are rules of thumb about index tuning, but the entire issue is so complex that there’s no “silver bullet” solution that will […]

Are UDFs Harmful to SQL Server Performance?

Well, not really. But it is vitally important to understand when to use them and when to avoid them, as well as how best to construct them so as not to shoot your foot off. SQL Server 2000 introduced user-defined functions (UDFs), and they were immediately hailed as a great tool for encapsulating repetitive code, […]

SQL Server Database Backup Performance with Quest (Imceda) LiteSpeed for SQL Server; 3 Terabytes in Under 1 Hour

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. […]

SQL Server XML Statistics and Execution Plans

One of SQL Server’s deficiencies when using XML queries is the lack of statistics capability in the XML driver. This is surprising because the ODBC API contains a function for providing statistics on remote data sources. SQL Server defaults to the fixed assumed row count values for remote servers, which is unreasonably high for XML […]

SQL Server Monitoring in 8 Steps: Lessons From the Field

“To count is to know.” SQL Server database systems are more than ever before being chosen as the preferred backend database solution for large business’s critical systems. And SQL Server richly deserves this status. As a result of this, more users than ever before are blocked in their daily activity when the database is not […]

10 Baselining Tips for SQL Server: Lessons From the Field

“A known value against which later measurements can be compared” is one of many definitions for SQL Server baselining. In this article I want to share my findings with you on this subject. This document is the first in a series of four where I want to cover subjects as baselining (this article), monitoring, stress […]

How to Optimize the Use of the “OR” Clause When Used with Parameters

Have you ever tried to use parameter validation within a SQL Server stored procedure using an OR clause? At times, it can cause performance problems. I found this recently when I was asked to fine tune a stored procedure. The procedure had two parameters, and either of them could be optional. The developer who wrote […]

What the IT Decision-Maker Needs to Know About SQL Server Performance Tuning

This article is written for someone with a working knowledge of information technology, but with little specific SQL Server expertise. The typical reader would be an IT manager or executive who needs background information to properly evaluate all the performance tuning suggestions being offered to him/her before spending significant amounts of money on performance tuning. […]
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