SQL Server Performance Tuning

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. […]

Comparing the SQL Server 2000 Index Tuning Wizard and the SQL Server 2005 Database Tuning Adviser

Among the regular tasks of any DBA, there’s one thing that we all must find time for: research. In my case, I concentrate my investigation into new tools that streamline the tasks that I already do.With that idea in mind, I started taking a close look at the SQL 2005 Beta, wondering: could tools like […]

A Practical Path Towards the Ultimate Microsoft SQL Server Scalability and Availability

It has become a moot point for database vendors to compete for the highest transaction processing capability in the world. Modern database systems have become so well programmed; even the cheapest system can claim very high performance, given the hardware. The next challenge is high availability. It is interesting to observe that database vendors are […]

Comparcion Entre Index Tuning Wizard 2000 y Database Tuning Advisor 2005 Beta

Introducción A las tareas habituales de cualquier DBA, existe una que nos debe ocupar nuestro poco tiempo libre: Investigar. En mi caso, la investigación la concentro en nuevas herramientas que faciliten nuestro trabajo o, mejor aún, que los resultados obtenidos puedan ser aplicados con el objetivo de mejorar cualquiera de las actividades que involucran la […]

How to Best Implement a SQL Server Performance Audit

Return to Previous Article in the Series The Final Word on How to Perform a SQL Server Performance Audit If you have gotten this far, you have done a lot of reading. In this final article on how to perform a SQL Server Audit, we will take a look at some best practices about how […]

How SQL Server Determines an Execution Plan Using Available Indexes and Statistics

As a SQL Server DBA, one of my tasks is to monitor the performance of our databases. Our primary database holds the data of over 18 million people. A web-based application queries the database with a variety of search options. When examining the performance of these queries, most performed very well. But on the other […]

Automating Reindexing In SQL Server

In all OLTP environments, virtually all indexes will become fragmented over time. Nearly all UPDATE, INSERT or DELETE activity will cause your indexes to become less well organized than they were when they were first created. There will be more page splits, there will be a greater number of pages with less data on them, […]

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 […]

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. […]
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