SQL Server Performance Tuning

Is there any option to release the additional memory that has been used by SQL Server after a query is completed?

Question We are using SQL Server 2000 as our back-end and an application called VFP as our front-end. At times, the application’s performance is very poor. We used Task Manager to identify that the sqlservr.exe process appears to use up memory when running queries, but it appears not to release the memory after the queries […]

How can I help identify the worst performing queries in my SQL Server database application?

This is an easy task using the SQL Server Profiler. Create a new trace in Profiler using the following configuration: Select These Event Classes SQL:BatchCompleted Select These Data Columns Groups Duration Columns EventClass TextData CPU Application Name LoginName NTUserName SPID Select These Filters (as needed) Application Name DatabaseName Duration As the above trace runs, you […]

We have two stored procedures taking five minutes to run in our development database, but the same stored procedures run quickly on our QA database. Why?

Question We have two stored procedures taking about five minutes to run in our development database. The same two stored procedures run quickly on our QA database. Both databases are on the same physical server. What can account for this difference? Answer There are several possibilities: The data is different, which can lead the query […]

When I upgraded by database to the newest version, performance is now much slower. Why?

Most likely, you need to update the statistics of all the indexes in your new SQL Server database. The easiest way to do this is to create a database maintenance plan and select the “Update statistics used by query optimizer” from the “Update Data Optimization Information” screen of the maintenance wizard, then run it now, […]

Our query used to take 30 seconds, and now it takes over 30 minutes. Why?

Question We have a SQL Server stored procedure that normally runs in less than 30 seconds. It has been running fine for over 6 months. But today, at about 11:00 AM, it started to take over 30 minutes to run. I took a Profiler trace of the stored procedure when it ran, and it performed […]

When should primary keys be used?

Question Our department is fairly new to SQL Server. I apologize if these are dumb questions, but I’ve spent hours digging on the Internet and cannot find answers to my questions. When we create our tables, we create a clustered unique index on the column(s) that best fits the table and the way it will […]

Can I programatically tell SQL Server how to allocate CPU resources?

Question My SQL Server is running on a dual processor box. What I would like to do is to use one of the CPUs for background tasks, and the other processor for online tasks. And if there are no background tasks running, I would like both processors to serve online tasks. How can I do […]

For best performance, should we install Analysis Service and the cubes as the same server as the production database?

Question We are currently running a transactional database using SQL Server. We want to set up Analysis Services and several cubes in order to get the reporting burden off the transactional database in order to boost performance. For best performance, should we install Analysis Service and the cubes as the same server, or on another […]

I am hoping that you may be able to assist me in evaluating the needs of our school district that is purchasing a software package that uses SQL Server as the backend database.

Question I am hoping that you may be able to assist me in evaluating the needs of our school district that is purchasing a software package that uses SQL Server as the backend database. Currently, we have one server per school that acts as the authentication server, printer server, file server, and application server. None […]

Why does the performance of some queries vary so widely?

Question I have a query that acts strangely. Most of the time it runs very quickly, in just under a few seconds. But on occasion, it takes over 20 minutes to run. This is rare, but it happens periodically. I have checked and verified that it is the exact same query each time (no difference […]
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