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SQL Server Performance Tuning and Optimization (M55144)

SS Course: GK1833

Course Overview


In this course, you will learn practical tuning and optimization techniques for SQL Server 2014 that include indexing and statistics strategies, transaction log operations, tempdb and data file configuration, transaction and isolation levels, locking and blocking, and the new In-Memory OLTP engine. You will learn how to create baselines and benchmark SQL Server performance as well as analyze and fix workload for performance issues.

This course incorporates materials from the Official Microsoft Learning Product 55144: SQL Server Performance Tuning and Optimization.


Scheduled Classes




1. Course Overview

2. SQL 2014 Architecture

  • Cardinality Estimator
  • Memory-Optimized Tables
  • Understand Performance for Developers
  • Startup Parameters and Startup Stored Procedures
  • Database Structures
  • Instant File Allocation
  • How SQL Stores and Locates Data

3. The Database Engine

  • Temporary Tables Internals
  • Concurrency, Transactions, and Isolation Levels
  • SQL Server Locking Architecture
  • SQL and Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  • SQL on VMs and SQLIO Utility
  • Partitioned Tables and Indexes

4. SQL Performance Tools

  • Resource Governor
  • Activity Monitor
  • Live Query Statistics
  • Monitoring SQL with Transact-SQL
  • DMOs and Performance Tuning

5. Query Optimizing and Operators

  • Tuning Process
  • Performance Monitor Tool
  • SQL Query Processing Steps
  • Understanding Execution Plans
  • Set Statistics Time and Set Statistics IO
  • Data Access Operators and Troubleshooting Queries

6. Understanding Indexes

  • Index Types by Storage and Column Designation
  • Creating and Altering Indexes
  • Metadata
  • DMVs for Indexing, Database Engine Tuning Advisor, Index DMOs
  • Fragmentation and Patterns
  • Index Storage Strategies, Indexed Views, and Monitoring Indexes

7. Understanding Statistics

  • Cardinality Estimator
  • Incremental, Computed Columns, and Filtered Statistics
  • Maintenance

8. In-Memory Databases

  • Architecture
  • Tables and Indexes
  • Natively Compiled Stored Procedures
  • Restrictions
  • Analyze Migrate Report Tool
  • In-Memory Data Management Views (DMV)


    • Basic knowledge of Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality
    • Working knowledge of database administration and maintenance
    • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL

      Who Should Attend

      • SQL Server database administrators
      • Individuals responsible for writing queries against data that require optimal execution performance of workloads
      • Individuals who manage and maintain optimal performance of SQL Server instances
      • Application developers who deliver content from SQL Server databases