SQL Server 2014 Performance Tuning and Optimization

Session Detail:    Classroom, Virtual 5 Day

This 5-day course is designed to give the right amount of internals knowledge combined with a wealth of practical tuning and optimization techniques that students can put into production. The course offers comprehensive coverage of SQL Server architecture, indexing and statistics strategies, optimizing transaction log operations, temp db and data file configuration, transactions and isolation levels, and locking and blocking. The course also teaches how to create baselines to benchmark SQL Server performance, how to analyze workload, and how to find and fix performance problems. Also included is an introduction to, and coverage of, two exciting new technologies: in-memory tables and stored procedures.


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

Who Can Benefit

The primary audience for this course is individuals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases and are responsible for the 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.

Session Outline

Class Outline

Module 1: Course Overview

  • Lesson 1: Introduction
  • Lesson 2: Course Materials
  • Lesson 3: Facilities
  • Lesson 4: Prerequisites
  • Lesson 5: What We’ll Be Discussing

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Successfully log into their virtual machine
  • Have a full understanding of what the course intends to cover

Module 2: SQL 2014 Architecture

  • Lesson 1: The New Cardinality Estimator
  • Lesson 2: Memory-Optimized Tables
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Performance for Developers
  • Lesson 4: Understanding Startup Parameters
  • Lesson 5: Startup Stored Procedures
  • Lesson 6: Database Structures
  • Lesson 7: Instant File Initialization
  • Lesson 8: How SQL Stores Data
  • Lesson 9: How SQL Locates Data

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize the new Cardinality Estimator
  • Understand and utilize memory-optimized tables
  • Understand performance
  • Understand and utilize startup stored procedures
  • Understand database structures
  • Understand and utilize Instant File Initialization
  • Understand how SQL stored data
  • Understand how SQL locates data

Module 3: The Database Engine

  • Lesson 1: Four Important Concepts
  • Lesson 2: Temporary Tables Internals
  • Lesson 3: Concurrency
  • Lesson 4: Transactions
  • Lesson 5: Isolation Levels
  • Lesson 6: SQL Server Locking Architecture
  • Lesson 7: SQL and Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  • Lesson 8: SQL on VMs
  • Lesson 9: SQLIO Utility
  • Lesson 10: Partitioned Tables and Indexes

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand temporary table internals
  • Understand and utilize table-valued parameters
  • Understand concurrency
  • Understand and utilize transactions
  • Understand isolation levels
  • Understand and utilize SQL Server locking architecture
  • Understand SQL and Storage Area Networks (SAN)
  • Understand and utilize SQL on virtual machines
  • Understand SQLIO Utility and its uses
  • Understand and utilize partitioned tables and indexes

Module 4: SQL Performance Tools

  • Lesson 1: The Resource Governor
  • Lesson 2: Activity Monitor
  • Lesson 3: Live Query Statistics
  • Lesson 4: Monitoring SQL with Transact-SQL
  • Lesson 5: Dynamic Management Objects (DMOs) and Performance Tuning

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize the Resource Governor
  • Understand and utilize Activity Monitor
  • Understand Live Query Statistics
  • Understand how to monitor SQL using Transact-SQL
  • Understand and utilize performance DMVs

Module 5: Query Optimizing and Operators

  • Lesson 1: Tuning Process
  • Lesson 2: Performance Monitor Tool
  • Lesson 4: SQL Query Processing Steps
  • Lesson 5: Understanding Execution Plans
  • Lesson 7: Data Access Operators
  • Lesson 8: Troubleshooting Queries

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand the tuning process
  • Understand and utilize Performance Monitor tool
  • Understand SQL query processing steps
  • Understand and utilize execution plans
  • Understand and utilize SET STATISTICS TIME and SET STATISTICS IO
  • Understand and utilize Data Access Operators
  • Understand and utilize DMVs
  • Understand and utilize Extended Events
  • Understand and utilize sessions
  • Understand how to troubleshooting queries
  • Understand how to configure a Management Data Warehouse and view reports

Module 6: Understanding Indexes

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Indexes
  • Lesson 2: Index Types by Storage
  • Lesson 3: Index Types by Column Designation
  • Lesson 4: Creating and Altering Indexes
  • Lesson 5: Metadata
  • Lesson 6: Data Management Views for Indexing
  • Lesson 7: Database Engine Tuning Advisor
  • Lesson 8: Index Data Management Objects
  • Lesson 9: SQL Server Fragmentation
  • Lesson 10: Patterns
  • Lesson 11: Index Storage Strategies
  • Lesson 12: Indexed Views
  • Lesson 13: Monitoring Indexes
  • Lesson 14: Index Dynamic Management Objects (DMOs)
  • Lesson 15: Best Practices

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand indexes and their importance
  • Understand index types
  • Create and alter indexes
  • Understand and utilize index metadata
  • Understand and utilize Database Tuning Advisor
  • Understand and utilize Index Data Management Objects
  • Understand fragmentation of indexes and utilize page splits
  • Understand index storage strategies
  • Understand and utilize indexed views
  • Understand monitoring indexes
  • Understand index best practices

Module 7: Understanding Statistics

  • Lesson 1: Statistics
  • Lesson 2: Cardinality Estimator
  • Lesson 3: Incremental Statistics
  • Lesson 4: Computed Columns Statistics
  • Lesson 5: Filtered Statistics
  • Lesson 6: Maintenance

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize statistics objects
  • Understand and utilize the histogram
  • Understand and utilize new vs old cardinality estimator
  • Understand and utilize incremental statistics
  • Understand and utilize computed columns
  • Understand and utilize filtered statistics
  • Understand and utilize ascending keys
  • Understand and utilize statistics maintenance plan

Module 8: In-Memory Database

  • Lesson 1: Architecture
  • Lesson 2: Tables and Indexes
  • Lesson 3: Natively Compiled Stored Procedures
  • Lesson 4: Restrictions
  • Lesson 5: Analyze Migrate Report Tool
  • Lesson 6: In-Memory Data Management Views (DMV)

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand architecture
  • Understand and utilize tables and indexes
  • Understand and utilize the hash index
  • Understand and utilize natively compiled stored procedures
  • Understand restrictions
  • Understand and utilize the Analyze Migrate Report tool
  • Understand and utilize in-memory data management views

Module 9: SQL Profiler and SQL Trace

  • Lesson 1: SQL Trace
  • Lesson 2: SQL Trace Architecture
  • Lesson 3: SQL Server Profiler

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize the SQL Trace Default template
  • Understand and utilize the SQL Profiler Tuning template
  • Create and utilize a template for slow running queries
  • Understand and identify long-running queries
  • Use Profiler to detect deadlocks
  • Use Profiler to detect a blocked process

Module 10: Query Issues and Hints

  • Lesson 1: Query Hints
  • Lesson 2: Plan Guides
  • Lesson 3: Plan Freezing
  • Lesson 4: Join Orders

After completing this module, students will be able to:

  • Understand and utilize query hints
  • Create and test a plan guide
  • Allow SQL Profiler to help create a plan
  • Understand and utilize plan freezing

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