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SQL Server 2008 Performance Tuning

SQL-204 (3 Days)

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SQL Server 2008 Training Overview

Accelebrate’s SQL Server 2008 Performance Tuning training class teaches attendees how to tune their indexes, database engine, queries, and other features to achieve optimal performance. Note: This course can also be taught using SQL Server 2008 R2. It is designed for administrators, rather than developers, who are new to tuning SQL Server 2008.

Location and Pricing

Most Accelebrate courses are delivered as private, customized, on-site training at our clients' locations worldwide for groups of 3 or more attendees and are custom tailored to their specific needs. Please visit our client list to see organizations for whom we have delivered private in-house training. These courses can also be delivered as live, private online classes for groups that are geographically dispersed or wish to save on the instructor's or students' travel expenses. To receive a customized proposal and price quote for private training at your site or online, please contact us.

In addition, some courses are available as live, online classes for individuals. See a schedule of online courses.

SQL Server 2008 Training Objectives

  • Use Windows Performance Monitor
  • Create a performance baseline
  • Analyze SQL Server Profiler traces
  • Analyze the performance of SQL queries
  • Analyze and optimize indexes
  • Use the Database Tuning Advisor
  • Examine and correct fragmentation
  • Review execution plans and the execution plan cache for optimizations
  • Analyze the performance of SQL queries
  • Design more efficient queries
  • Detect and reduce or eliminate blocking
  • Catch and solve deadlocks
  • Optimize database workloads

SQL Server 2008 Training Outline

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Performance Tuning Overview
The Performance-Tuning Process
Performance vs. Price
Performance Baseline
Where to Focus Efforts
SQL Server Performance Killers
System Performance Analysis
Performance Monitor Tool
Dynamic Management Views
Hardware Resource Bottlenecks
Memory Bottleneck Analysis
Memory Bottleneck Resolutions
Disk Bottleneck Analysis
Disk Bottleneck Resolutions
Processor Bottleneck Analysis
Processor Bottleneck Resolutions
Network Bottleneck Analysis
Network Bottleneck Resolutions
SQL Server Overall Performance
Creating a Baseline
System Behavior Analysis Against Baseline
SQL Query Performance Analysis
The SQL Profiler Tool
Trace Automation
Combining Trace and Performance Monitor Output
SQL Profiler Recommendations
Query Performance Metrics Without Profiler
Costly Queries
Execution Plans
Query Cost
Index Analysis
What Is an Index?
Index Design Recommendations
Clustered Indexes
Nonclustered Indexes
Clustered vs. Nonclustered Indexes
Advanced Indexing Techniques
Special Index Types
Additional Characteristics of Indexes
Database Engine Tuning Advisor
Database Engine Tuning Advisor Mechanisms
Database Engine Tuning Advisor Examples
Database Engine Tuning Advisor Limitations
Bookmark Lookup Analysis
Purpose of Bookmark Lookups
Drawbacks of Bookmark Lookups
Analyzing the Cause of a Bookmark Lookup
Resolving Bookmark Lookups
Statistics Analysis
The Role of Statistics in Query Optimization
Statistics on an Indexed Column
Statistics on a Nonindexed Column
Analyzing Statistics
Statistics Maintenance
Analyzing the Effectiveness of Statistics for a Query
Recommendations
Fragmentation Analysis
Causes of Fragmentation
Fragmentation Overhead
Analyzing the Amount of Fragmentation
Fragmentation Resolutions
Significance of the Fill Factor
Automatic Maintenance
Execution Plan Cache Analysis
Execution Plan Generation
Execution Plan Caching
Components of the Execution Plan
Aging of the Execution Plan
Analyzing the Execution Plan Cache
Execution Plan Reuse
Query Plan Hash and Query Hash
Execution Plan Cache Recommendations
Stored Procedure Recompilation
Benefits and Drawbacks of Recompilation
Identifying the Statement Causing Recompilation
Analyzing Causes of Recompilation
Avoiding Recompilations
Query Design Analysis
Query Design Recommendations
Operating on Small Result Sets
Using Indexes Effectively
Avoiding Optimizer Hints
Using Domain and Referential Integrity
Avoiding Resource-Intensive Queries
Reducing the Number of Network Round-Trips
Reducing the Transaction Cost
Blocking Analysis
Blocking Fundamentals
Understanding Blocking
Database Locks
Isolation Levels
Effect of Indexes on Locking
Capturing Blocking Information
Blocking Resolutions
Recommendations to Reduce Blocking
Automation to Detect and Collect Blocking Information
Deadlock Analysis
Deadlock Fundamentals
Using Error Handling to Catch a Deadlock
Deadlock Analysis
Avoiding Deadlocks
Cursor Cost Analysis
Cursor Fundamentals
Cursor Cost Comparison
Default Result Set
Analyzing SQL Server Overhead with Cursors
Cursor Recommendations
Database Workload Optimization
Workload Optimization Fundamentals
Workload Optimization Steps
Capturing the Workload
Analyzing the Workload
Identifying the Costliest Query
Determining the Baseline Resource Use of the Costliest Query
Analyzing and Optimizing External Factors
Analyzing the Internal Behavior of the Costliest Query
Optimizing the Costliest Query
Analyzing the Effect on Database Workload
Iterating Through Optimization Phases
Conclusion
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Lecture percentage

25%

Lecture/Demo

Lab percentage

75%

Lab

Course Number:

SQL-204

Duration:

3 Days

Prerequisites:

This course is designed for SQL Server administrators who have prior SQL query writing experience but are relatively new to tuning SQL Server. This course assumes an existing understanding of relational database concepts and general SQL Server administration topics. If your audience has substantial prior SQL Server tuning experience, this course is not recommended.

Training Materials:

All attendees receive a copy of APress's SQL Server 2008 Query Performance Tuning Distilled (from which the course outline is derived), as well as related course materials.

Software Requirements:

  • Windows XP or later, or Windows Server 2003 or later, with the latest service pack updates and at least 3 GB RAM
  • A full installation of the SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 database engine with the latest service packs installed, as well as all client tools
  • Related sample databases and lab files that Accelebrate will provide
  • If you have purchased this course, please contact us for detailed setup instructions.

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Accelebrate’s training classes are available for private groups of 3 or more people at your site or online anywhere worldwide.

Don't settle for a "one size fits all" public class! Have Accelebrate deliver exactly the training you want, privately at your site or online, for less than the cost of a public class.

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