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Performance Tuning and Optimizing SQL Databases

  • Course Code:

    10987A
  • Course Duration:

    4 Days
  • Course Price:

    $3340
  • Availability:

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  • Overview & ObjectivesOpen or Close

    About this course

    This four-day instructor-led course provides students who manage and maintain SQL Server databases with the knowledge and skills to performance tune and optimize their databases.

    Audience profile

    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.

  • Skills GainedOpen or Close

    At course completion

    After completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the high level architectural overview of SQL Server and its various components.
    • Describe the SQL Server execution model, waits and queues.
    • Describe core I/O concepts, Storage Area Networks and performance testing.
    • Describe architectural concepts and best practices related to data files for user databases and TempDB.
    • Describe architectural concepts and best practices related to Concurrency, Transactions, Isolation Levels and Locking.
    • Describe architectural concepts of the Optimizer and how to identify and fix query plan issues.
    • Describe architectural concepts, troubleshooting scenarios and best practices related to Plan Cache.
    • Describe architectural concepts, troubleshooting strategy and usage scenarios for Extended Events.
    • Explain data collection strategy and techniques to analyze collected data.
    • Understand techniques to identify and diagnose bottlenecks to improve overall performance.
  • Course ModulesOpen or Close

    Performance Tuning and Optimizing SQL Databases

    Course OutlineModule 1: SQL Server Architecture, Scheduling, and Waits

    This module covers high level architectural overview of SQL Server and its various components. It dives deep into SQL Server execution model, waits and queues.Lessons

    • SQL Server Components and SQL OS
    • Windows Scheduling vs SQL Scheduling
    • Waits and Queues

    Lab : SQL Server Architecture, Scheduling, and WaitsAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the SQL Server components and SQL OS
    • Describe the differences between Windows Scheduling and SQL scheduling
    • Describe waits and queues

    Module 2: SQL Server I/OThis module covers core I/O concepts, Storage Area Networks and performance testing.

    It focuses on SQL Server I/O operations and how to test storage performance.Lessons

    • Core Concepts
    • Storage Solutions
    • I/O Setup and Testing

    Lab : Testing Storage PerformanceAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the core concepts of SQL I/O
    • Describe storage solutions
    • Setup and test I/O

    Module 3: Database StructuresThis module covers Database Structures, Data File and TempDB Internals.

    It focuses on architectural concepts and best practices related to data files for user databases and TempDB.Lessons

    • Database Structure Internals
    • Data File Internals
    • TempDB Internals

    Lab : Database StructuresAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the internal setup of database structures
    • Describe the internal setup of data files.
    • Describe the internal setup of TempDB

    Module 4: SQL Server MemoryThis module covers Windows and SQL Server Memory internals.

    It focuses on architectural concepts and best practices related to SQL Server Memory Configuration.Lessons

    • Windows Memory
    • SQL Server Memory
    • In-Memory OLTP

    Lab : SQL Server MemoryAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the components of Windows memory
    • Describe the components of SQL Server memory
    • Describe In-Memory OLTP

    Module 5: Concurrency and TransactionsThis module covers Transactions and Locking Internals.

    It focuses on architectural concepts and best practices related to Concurrency, Transactions, Isolation Levels and Locking.Lessons

    • Concurrency and Transactions
    • Locking Internals

    Lab : Concurrency and TransactionsAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Explain concurrency and transactions
    • Describe locking

    Module 6: Statistics and Index InternalsThis module covers Statistics and Index Internals.

    It focuses on architectural concepts and best practices related to Statistics and Indexes.Lessons

    • Statistics Internals and Cardinality Estimation
    • Index Internals
    • Columnstore Indexes

    Lab : Statistics and index InternalsAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe statistics internals
    • Explain cardinality estimation
    • Describe why you would use Columnstore indexes and be able to implement one

    Module 7: Query Execution and Query Plan Analysis

    This module covers Query Execution and Query Plan Analysis. It focuses on architectural concepts of the Optimizer and how to identify and fix query plan issues.Lessons

    • Query execution and optimizer internals
    • Analyzing query plans

    Lab : Query execution and query plan analysisAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe query execution and optimizer
    • Analyze query plans and resolve common issues

    Module 8: Plan Caching and Recompilation

    This module covers Plan Caching and Recompilation. It focuses on architectural concepts, troubleshooting scenarios and best practices related to Plan Cache.Lessons

    • Plan cache internals
    • Troubleshooting plan cache issues
    • Query store

    Lab : Plan caching and recompilationAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe plan cache
    • Troubleshoot plan cache issues
    • Describe query store and why you would use it

    Module 9: Extended EventsThis module covers Extended Events.

    It focuses on architectural concepts, troubleshooting strategy and usage scenarios for Extended Events.Lessons

    • Extended events core concepts
    • Implementing extended events

    Lab : Extended eventsAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the core concepts of extended events
    • Implement extended events

    Module 10: Monitoring, Tracing, and Baselining

    This module covers tools and techniques to monitor, trace and baseline SQL Server performance data. It focuses on data collection strategy and techniques to analyze collected data.Lessons

    • Monitoring and tracing
    • Baselining and benchmarking

    Lab : Monitoring, Tracing and BaseliningAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Describe various options for monitoring and tracing
    • Describe various options for benchmarking and baselining

    Module 11: Troubleshooting Common Performance Issues

    This module covers common performance bottlenecks related to CPU, Memory, IO, TempDB and Concurrency. It focuses on techniques to identify and diagnose bottlenecks to improve overall performance.Lessons

    • Troubleshoot CPU performance
    • Troubleshoot memory performance
    • Troubleshoot I/O performance
    • Troubleshoot Concurrency performance
    • Troubleshoot TempDB performance

    Lab : Troubleshooting common performance issuesAfter completing this module, you will be able to:

    • Troubleshoot common performance issues
  • PrerequisitesOpen or Close

    Performance Tuning and Optimizing SQL Databases | Microsoft

    In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:

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