SQL Server Performance Tuning Training (50 Hours)

By Krish, Microsoft Certified DBA!!! (*****)

Krish's Profile

Krish is a Microsoft Certified DBA with 9 years hands on experience in SQL Server Administration, SQL Programming, and Performance Tuning. In database administration, Krish have been contributed his skills in Administrations, High availability setup, monitoring, performance tuning with application and users’ queries, optimization of queries for faster performance. He is working with multiple clients for re-architecture of SQL servers, set up of high availability that includes Mirroring, replication, log shipping, clustering and always on. Currently working on new architecture of SQL server, work on existing configurations and settings to review current configuration for better performance. He is also well experienced in system level performance tuning using third party tools like Redgate, Idera, SQLDiag and in-built tools like Performance monitor, task manager, resource manager, SQL Profiler, query tuning advisor, activity monitor.

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Course Content

Module 1: Database Structures

  • Records, record structure, and optimizations
  • Pages and page structure
  • Allocation bitmaps
  • IAM chains and allocation units

Module 2: Data File Internals and Maintenance

  • Physical layout considerations
  • Allocation algorithms and optimizations
  • Instant initialization
  • Growth, shrink, and their problems
  • Data compression
  • Tempdb configuration and performance

Module 3: Transactions and Locking

  • The anatomy of a data modification
  • Locking and blocking
  • Granularity
  • Escalation
  • Duration
  • Troubleshooting locking behavior
  • Blocking situations
  • Deadlock situations

Module 4: Row Versioning and Isolation

  • Understanding isolation levels
  • Isolation in SQL Server
  • Controlling isolation levels
  • Statement-level read consistency
  • Transaction-level read consistency
  • Overhead/monitoring

Module 5: Optimizing Logging and Recovery

  • Transaction log architecture
  • Log records
  • Checkpoints and recovery
  • Transaction log operations
  • Recovery models
  • Log file provisioning and maintenance

Module 6: Index Internals and Data Access

  • Index concepts
  • Table structure
  • Index internals
  • Heaps vs. clustered indexes
  • Table usage
  • Clustering key choice and performance implications
  • Data access patterns
  • Understanding selectivity
  • Understanding the ‘tipping point’

Module 7: Index Fragmentation

  • Data access methods
  • Fragmentation and its effect on performance
  • How does fragmentation happen?
  • Optimizing indexes to remove and prevent fragmentation

Module 8: Internals and Covering

  • What methods exist for covering?
  • Nonclustered indexes
  • Using indexed views
  • Using INCLUDE
  • Using filtered indexes
  • Using filtered statistics
  • Practical index consolidation

Module 9: Statistics: Internals and Updates

  • How the Optimizer uses statistics
  • Statistics from A-to-Z
  • What they look like
  • What they are telling us
  • How to see them
  • When/how they get created
  • When/how they get updated

Module 10: Cardinality Estimation Issues

  • Problems/solutions with statistics
  • Steps in histogram
  • Filtered statistics
  • Uneven distribution
  • SQL Server 2014 cardinality estimation changes

Module 11: Indexing Strategies

  • Indexing for performance
  • Indexing for AND (highly-selective queries, index intersection, covering
  • Indexing for OR (tuning, re-writing)
  • Indexing for joins (join types, which strategies use what types of indexes, 3 phases of tuning)
  • Indexing for aggregates (hash aggregates, stream aggregates, indexed views)

Module 12: SQL Server I/O

  • Data and log reading and writing
  • Tempdb contention and space usage
  • Basic monitoring

Module 13: I/O Concepts for DBAs

  • Defining storage terminology
  • IOPS, MB/sec, Latency
  • Magnetic vs. Solid-State Drives (SSDs)
  • RAID configurations
  • Mount points
  • Partition alignment problems
  • Testing with SQLIO and IOMeter
  • Direct-attached storage
  • Traditional vs. PCI-Express drives

Module 14: I/O – Storage Area Networks for DBAs

  • SAN components
  • Multipathing
  • iSCSI vs. fiber channel (FC)
  • Shared vs. dedicated arrays
  • Cache (on the drives, SAN controller, RAID controller, and Windows)
  • Clustering
  • Appendix: snapshot backups (SAN, not SQL)

Module 15: SQLOS Scheduling and CPU Performance Tuning

  • Understanding Windows scheduling
  • Server hardware and NUMA
  • CPU scheduling under SQLOS
  • DMV monitoring
  • Troubleshooting CPU performance issues
  • Using Resource Governor to limit CPU usage

Module 16: Extended Events

  • Profiler vs. Extended Events
  • Extended Events core concepts
  • Event session basics
  • Event execution lifecycle
  • Event targets
  • Extended Events UI

Module 17: Wait and Latch Statistics

  • Thread lifecycle
  • Waits, latches, spinlocks
  • DMVs
  • Common wait types

Module 18: Query Plan Analysis

  • Why look at query plans?
  • Capturing and analyzing plans
  • Essential information in a query plan
  • Understanding common operators
  • Identifying typical plan patterns and steps for further investigation

Module 19: Changes in Query Performance

  • Using Distributed Replay to examine hardware, software, and workload changes
  • Using the Query Store to examine workload and query plan changes
  • Using plan guides and Query Store to force specific query plans
  • Using In-Memory OLTP to change query performance

Module 20: Statement Execution, Stored Procedures, and the Plan Cache

  • Understanding/analyzing plan cache
  • What’s in the plan cache?
  • Understanding/optimizing stored procedures
  • A cautionary tale about scalar functions

Module 21: Index Analysis

  • Index cleanup
  • Index health
  • Missing indexes

Module 22: SQLOS Memory Management and Memory Performance Tuning

  • SQLOS Memory Manager
  • SQLOS memory components
  • Configuration options for SQL Server
  • How to identify memory issues
  • Internal memory pressure
  • External memory pressure
  • Virtual address space issues
  • Resource semaphores
  • DBCC commands

Module 23: Deadlock Analysis

  • Review of locking in SQL Server
  • What is a deadlock
  • Collecting deadlock graphs
  • Anatomy of a deadlock
  • Reading deadlock graphs
  • Resolving deadlocks

Module 24: Performance Issue Patterns

  • Benchmark vs. baseline
  • Data collection methods and tools
  • Performance Monitor and Collector Sets
  • PAL tool (Performance Analysis of Logs)
  • SQL Trace
  • Analyzing Trace data
  • SQLDiag
  • SQLNexus

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