SQL Server 2008 Performance Tuning

SQL Server 2008 Performance Tuning

Bascom Bridge’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.



  • 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


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.


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.


  • 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.
  • For classes delivered online, all participants need either dual monitors or a separate device logged into the online session so that they can do their work on one screen and watch the instructor on the other. A separate computer connected to a projector or large screen TV would be another way for students to see the instructor’s screen simultaneously with working on their own.


  • 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

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  • Course No : SQL-204
  •  Theory : 25%
  •  Lab : 75%
  • Duration : 18 hours
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