SQL Server performance tuning

Prashanth Jayaram

Monitoring SQL Server database status changes using T-SQL and PowerShell scripts

October 17, 2017 by

Monitoring a SQL Server database is a critical component of database administration. Ninety percent of the organizations expect the number of databases to increase over the next twelve months. An increase in data volumes can have negative effects on the availability of databases. Hence, SQL Server database monitoring is considered a critical responsibility of a database administrator. Organizations tend to spend a lot of their funds towards enterprise solutions. And due to the sensitive and growing nature of business and user needs, application availability is very important nowadays.

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Gerald Britton

Top 10 questions and answers about SQL Server Indexes

October 5, 2017 by

Introduction

Without a doubt, few technologies in SQL Server cause as much confusion and the spread of misinformation than indexes. This article looks at some of the most asked questions and a few that should be asked but often are not. We’ll be using SQL Server 2016 for the examples and a free tool, for SQL Server query execution plan analysis, ApexSQL Plan, to explore the effects of indexes on a typical business problem: A table of customers.

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Ben Richardson

What is the difference between Clustered and Non-Clustered Indexes in SQL Server?

August 28, 2017 by

Indexes are used to speed-up query process in SQL Server, resulting in high performance. They are similar to textbook indexes. In textbooks, if you need to go to a particular chapter, you go to the index, find the page number of the chapter and go directly to that page. Without indexes, the process of finding your desired chapter would have been very slow.

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Ed Pollack

SQL Server reporting – SQL Server Index Utilization

August 24, 2017 by

Understanding indexing needs allows us to ensure that important processes run efficiently and that our server hardware is not being over-taxed by poorly performing queries.

Collecting metrics on SQL Server index usage and missing index needs is critical to making smart decisions. To be truly proactive, though, we need to create a framework that allows us to quickly, efficiently, and regularly report on changes in indexing needs. With a system in place that can let us know when changes are needed, we can stay ahead of the optimization game and keep our customers happy!

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Nikola Dimitrijevic

All about SQL Server spinlocks

August 23, 2017 by

As discussed in the article All about latches in SQL Server, spinlocks are also a special form of locks that SQL Server uses to protect data. Spinlocks are lightweight objects used by the SQL Server Operating System (SQLOS) to protect data structure access. To understand, properly, the difference between latches and spinlocks and why the spinlock is an important SQL Server’ object type, it is vital to understand the cycle of query execution in SQL Server

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Ahmad Yaseen

In-Memory OLTP Enhancements in SQL Server 2016

August 22, 2017 by

SQL Server In-Memory OLTP, also known as Hekaton when it was introduced in SQL Server 2014, provides us with the ability to move specific database tables and suitable stored procedures into memory and compile the stored procedures into native x86 code. As a result, you can easily query these database objects directly from memory with the best performance and the least possible data access latency. In addition to that, the SQL Server Engine will no longer use the old latching and locking mechanism to control the data access concurrency. Instead, a high performance row versioning mechanism will be used to control the concurrency. This optimistic concurrency mechanism is 5 times to 20 times faster than the normal disk-based processing, due to reading the data from the memory directly.

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Jefferson Elias

How to monitor object space growth in SQL Server

August 16, 2017 by

Introduction

There are many situations in a DBA’s life that lead him or her to monitor space growth over time in SQL Server. In short, we often want to know which tables are growing the most and how much they grow.

For that reason, it’s preferable to develop a solution that will help us in that particular task and this is exactly what this article is about. The main components will include

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Ahmad Yaseen

How to control online Index Rebuild Locking using SQL Server 2014 Managed Lock Priority

July 18, 2017 by

When you perform a SQL Server Online Index Rebuild operation, introduced for the first time in SQL Server 2005, the index will not be taken down. But at a specific point, in which the new index new is built and switched from the old structure of the index, a special kind of lock, Schema Modification (SCH-M), will be granted. This lock may cause blocking if your database server is busy.

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Vitor Montalvão

SQL Server system databases – the msdb database

July 14, 2017 by

Introduction

This article is the third I am writing about Microsoft SQL system databases.

In this article, I will focus only on the msdb database, one of the four system databases that exist in any MSSQL instance:

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