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I have a very basic query that creates different execution plans in production and test environments. Both environments have similar amount of data in the table and indexes are identical. I would preferably like to have the production server use same plan as the test server because it is more efficient. Any suggestions on how to achieve this would be appreciated. Thanks.
they may have the same data but do they have same indexes and is the prod copy properly indexed? when was the last time all the tables were reindexed? There are a lot of factors that can affect a different query plan. ***********************
Dinakar Nethi
SQL Server MVP
As stated the indexes are identical. The table gets reindexed approx once per week in production but never in test. In addition I have run DBCC DROPCLEANBUFFERS and DBCC FREEPROCCACHE.
Did you run update statistics in both servers?
Luis Martin
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Thanks Luis. Updating the statistics in the test environment caused the execution plans to be the same as production.
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