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Developing High-Performance SQL Server Databases



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Microsoft SQL Server maintains high-performance database systems by offering powerful features and timely access to business-critical data. In this Microsoft SQL Server training course, you gain the skills and techniques to achieve high-performance databases, and implement a successful high-performance SQL Server database solution within your organisation.

You Will Learn How To

  • Implement a high-performance SQL Server database solution
  • Leverage SQL Server core components to maintain critical data
  • Build transactions that maximise concurrency and minimise contention
  • Interpret data access plans produced by the query optimiser and ensure query plan reuse
  • Minimise I/O by designing efficient physical data structures

Important Course Information


  • Experience with SQL programming

Recommended Experience:

  • Basic understanding of logical database design principles.


  • This course covers SQL Server 2005 through 2014

Course Outline

  • Fundamental Concepts

Analysing performance

  • Selecting an appropriate monitoring tool
  • Interpreting STATISTICS IO output
  • Pinpointing performance problems with Profiler data

Developing a monitoring plan

  • Establishing a performance baseline
  • Creating server-side Profiler traces
  • Monitoring SQL Server and the operating system with System Monitor
  • Managing Storage

Database architecture

  • Page and extent allocation
  • Controlling data placement with file groups

Defining tables

  • Selecting the correct data types
  • Specifying text and image locations
  • Examining internal page structures

Creating and managing indexes

  • Clustered vs. nonclustered
  • Defining indexed views
  • Analysing and repairing fragmentation
  • Memory and Locking

Managing memory

  • Buffer pool
  • Buffer manager
  • Lazywriter
  • Checkpoint
  • Log writer

Designing transactions

  • Investigating lock types and their compatibility
  • Choosing isolation levels
  • Designing transactions to limit lock duration
  • Resolving contention problems
  • Implementing row versioning
  • Optimising Queries

Query optimiser architecture

  • Phases
  • Strategies
  • Data access plans
  • Auto-parameterisation
  • Avoiding recompilation of queries

Maintaining up-to-date statistics

  • Index vs. column
  • Automatic vs. manual
  • Full-scan vs. sample

Distinguishing amongst query types

  • Point
  • Multipoint
  • Range
  • Prefix match
  • Extremal
  • Ordering
  • Grouping
  • Join

Designing effective indexes

  • Relating indexes to query types
  • Providing alternate access paths
  • Increasing sort efficiency
  • Reducing I/O with covering indexes
  • Implementing sparse indexes
  • Designing a Physical Data Model

Storing summarised data for faster retrieval

  • Defining roll-up tables
  • Materialising aggregated data with indexed views

Minimising response time by introducing redundant data

  • Maintaining redundant data with triggers
  • Enhancing performance with surrogate keys
  • Creating a read-only query database

Solving performance problems with partitioning strategies

  • Partitioning tables
  • Defining partitioned views

Monitoring with X-Events

  • Constructing packages
  • Analysing captured results
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Course Tuition Fee Includes:

After-Course Instructor Coaching
When you return to work, you are entitled to schedule a free coaching session with your instructor for help and guidance as you apply your new skills.

After-Course Computing Sandbox
You'll be given remote access to a preconfigured virtual machine for you to redo your hands-on exercises, develop/test new code, and experiment with the same software used in your course.

Free Course Exam
You can take your course exam on the last day of your course and receive a Certificate of Achievement with the designation "Awarded with Distinction."


Training Hours

Standard class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Last day class hours:
9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Free Course Exam – Last Day:
3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Each class day:
Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest:
4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

AFTERNOON START class hours:
2:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Last day class hours:
2:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Free Course Exam – Last Day:
8:30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.

Each class day:
Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest
9:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.

“The High-Performance SQL Server Database course allowed me to gain a better understanding of the performance issues my company is dealing with in our current database”.

- M. Haslam, QA/QC Manager
Rydex Funds


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