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SQL Server 2014 Performance Enhancements



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SQL Server 2014 offers a wealth of new features designed to improve the performance of mission-critical OLTP systems. In this training course, you gain in-depth knowledge of the new SQL Server 2014 enhancements — including In-Memory tables, native compiled stored procedures, and delayed durability — and learn how to apply the new SQL Server 2014 performance enhancements in your organization.

You Will Learn How To

  • Apply the new SQL Server 2014 performance enhancements in your organization
  • Create and modify In-Memory tables for high performance OLTP
  • Build native compiled stored procedures for efficient execution
  • Improve performance by implementing delayed durability
  • Employ the Analysis, Migration, and Reporting (AMR) tool to determine which tables should be converted to In-Memory tables

Important Course Information


  • Database tuning experience at the level of:
    • Course 535, Developing High-Performance SQL Server Databases
  • Knowledge of index architecture, index statistics and query plans


  • This course uses Microsoft SQL Server 2014

Course Outline

  • SQL Server 2014 Performance Features

Updating columnstore indexes

  • Clustered vs. nonclustered
  • Assessing benefits and costs

Exploiting optimizer changes

  • Monitoring query execution in real time
  • Partitioning statistics
  • Contrasting the new cardinality estimator with earlier versions
  • Specifying lock priority for partition switches and builds
  • Preventing tempdb bulk operations from spilling to disk

Extending the buffer pool onto an SSD

  • Increasing I/O throughput and reducing latency
  • Configuring the buffer pool extension
  • Adhering to best practices
  • Working with In-Memory OLTP Tables

Investigating underlying structures

  • Appraising row structure
  • Hash vs. nonclustered indexes
  • Freeing-up memory with garbage collection
  • Presenting interoperability
  • Studying insert, update and delete operations

Persisting In-Memory tables on physical storage

  • Placing data and delta files on a file group
  • Checkpointing to merge files
  • Handling In-Memory table DLLs

Creating an In-Memory table

  • Assessing memory requirements
  • Choosing between durable and non-durable tables
  • Comparing In-Memory and disk-based tables
  • Replacing a temporary table with a table type
  • Modifying In-Memory table definitions

Administering "Hekaton" databases

  • Calculating index statistics
  • Backing up and recovering databases
  • Recovering from a server crash
  • Implementing disaster recovery solutions

Creating and Modifying Native Stored Procedures

  • Compiling to native code for execution efficiency
  • Identifying features not supported in native mode
  • Comparing native and interpreted stored procedure performance
  • Managing native procedure recompilation
  • Managing Transactions, Locks and Latches

Controlling concurrency for disk-based tables

  • Revisiting the ACID properties
  • Solving concurrency problems with ANSI isolation levels
  • Locking, blocking and deadlocking
  • Analyzing latch contention

"Hekaton" concurrency model

  • Minimizing lock and latch overhead with multi-version optimistic concurrency control
  • Selecting appropriate isolation levels for transactions that involve In-Memory and disk-based tables
  • Handling the optimistic behavior of repeatable read and serializable isolation levels

Taking advantage of delayed durability

  • Evaluating the risk of data loss
  • Selecting durability at database, procedure or transaction level
  • Forcing durability with a system procedure
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting SQL Server 2014

Improving indexing to solve performance problems

  • Configuring hash buckets
  • Matching index types to queries
  • Modifying index definitions

Avoiding memory pressure

  • Monitoring memory usage
  • Setting up the Resource Governor
  • Leveraging the AMR Tool
  • Setting up the Management Data Warehouse
  • Enabling the transaction performance collection set
  • Capturing performance statistics
  • Evaluating potential In-Memory tables with AMR
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After-Course Instructor Coaching
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Training Hours

Standard Course Hours: 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
*Informal discussion with instructor about your projects or areas of special interest: 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

FREE Online Course Exam (if applicable) – Last Day: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
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