SQL Server 2014 Performance Tuning and Optimization


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This 3-day SQL Server 2014 Performance Tuning and Optimization training class is designed to give the right amount of Internals knowledge, and wealth of practical tuning and optimization techniques, that you can put into production. The course offers a comprehensive coverage of SQL Server architecture, indexing and statistics strategies, optimize transaction log operations, tempdb and data file configuration, transactions and isolation levels, and locking and blocking. The course also teaches how to create baselines and benchmark SQL Server performance, how to analyze workload and figure out where performance problems are, and how to fix them. Coverage of in-memory tables and stored procedures along with an introduction to this exciting new technology is included.

The primary audience for this course is individuals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases and are responsible for optimal performance of SQL Server Instances that they manage. These individuals also write queries against data and need to ensure optimal execution performance of the workloads.

The secondary audiences for this course are individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.

  1. Course Overview
    1. Introduction
    2. Course Materials
    3. Facilities
    4. Prerequisites
    5. What We'll Be Discussing
  2. SQL 2014 Architecture
    1. The New Cardinality Estimator
    2. Memory-Optimized Tables
    3. Understanding Performance for Developers
    4. Understanding Startup Parameters
    5. Startup Stored Procedures
    6. Database Structures
    7. Instant File Allocation
    8. How SQL Stores Data
    9. How SQL Locates Data
    10. Lab: SQL 2014 Architecture
      1. Configuring Compatibility Level
      2. Startup Parameter
      3. Startup Stored Procedure
      4. Instant File Allocation
  3. The Database Engine
    1. Four Important Concepts
    2. Temporary Tables Internals
    3. Concurrency
    4. Transactions
    5. Isolation Levels
    6. SQL Server Locking Architecture
    7. SQL and Storage Area Networks (SAN)
    8. SQL on VMs
    9. SQLIO Utility
    10. Partitioned Tables and Indexes
    11. Lab: The Database Engine
      1. Table-Valued Parameter
      2. Transactions
      3. Vertically Partitioned Table Using Code
      4. Partitioning with File Groups
      5. Partitioning Wizard
  4. SQL Performance Tools
    1. The Resource Governor
    2. Activity Monitor
    3. Live Query Statistics
    4. Monitoring SQL with Transact-SQL
    5. Dynamic Management Objects (DMOs) and Performance Tuning
    6. Lab: SQL Performance Tools
      1. Resource Governor
      2. Activity Monitor
      3. sp_who2
      4. Performance DMVs
  5. Query Optimizing and Operators
    1. Tuning Process
    2. Performance Monitor Tool
    3. SQL Query Processing Steps
    4. Understanding Execution Plans
    6. Data Access Operators
    7. Troubleshooting Queries
    8. Lab: Query Optimizing and Troubleshooting
      1. Performance Monitor (perfmon)
      2. Estimated vs Actual Plans and XML Plans
      3. Viewing a Non-Trivial Execution Plan
      5. Data Access Operators
      6. DMVs
      7. View Information About Extended Events
      8. Wizard Templates
      9. Creating a Session Without a Wizard
      10. Configuring MDW and Viewing Reports
  6. Understanding Indexes
    1. Introduction to Indexes
    2. Index Types by Storage
    3. Index Types by Column Designation
    4. Creating and Altering Indexes
    5. Metadata
    6. Data Management Views for Indexing
    7. Database Engine Tuning Advisor
    8. Index Data Management Objects
    9. Fragmentation of Indexes
    10. Patterns
    11. Index Storage Strategies
    12. Indexed Views
    13. Monitoring Indexes
    14. Index Dynamic Management Objects (DMOs)
    15. Best Practices
    16. Lab: Understanding Indexes
      1. Create Indexes
      2. Index Metadata
      3. Database Tuning Advisor
      4. Missing Index DMOs
      5. Data Compression
      6. Indexed Views
      7. DMO Index Stats
  7. Understanding Statistics
    1. Statistics
    2. Cardinality Estimator
    3. Incremental Statistics
    4. Computed Columns Statistics
    5. Filtered Statistics
    6. Maintenance
    7. Lab: Understanding Statistics
      1. Statistics Objects
      2. Histogram
      3. New vs Old Cardinality Estimator
      4. Incremental Statistics
      5. Computed Columns
      6. Filtered Statistics
      7. Ascending Keys
      8. Statistics Maintenance Plan
  8. In-Memory Databases
    1. Architecture
    2. Tables and Indexes
    3. Natively Compiled Stored Procedures
    4. Restrictions
    5. Analyze Migrate Report Tool
    6. In-Memory Data Management Views (DMV)
    7. Lab: In-Memory Databases
      1. Creating an In-Memory Enabled Database with Code and SSMS
      2. Creating a Memory-Optimized Table
      3. View Hash Index
      4. Natively Compiled Stored Procedure
      5. AMR Tool
      6. In-Memory DMVs

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