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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 organization.

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 maximize concurrency and minimize contention
  • Interpret data access plans produced by the query optimizer and ensure query plan reuse
  • Minimize I/O by designing efficient physical data structures

Important Course Information


  • Have knowledge of SQL at the level of:
    • Course 8463, Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (20461)
    • Course 8467, Designing Solutions for Microsoft SQL Server 2014 (20465)

Recommended Experience:

  • Understanding of logical database design principles at the level of
    • Course 382, Relational Database Design, Tools and Techniques


  • This course covers SQL Server 2005 through 2014

Course Outline

  • Fundamental Concepts

Analyzing 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
  • Analyzing 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
  • Optimizing Queries

Query optimizer architecture

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

Maintaining up-to-date statistics

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

Distinguishing among 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 summarized data for faster retrieval

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

Minimizing 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 Extended Events

  • Constructing packages
  • Analyzing captured results
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Course Tuition 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 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
By successfully completing your FREE online course exam, you will:

  • Have a record of your growth and learning results
  • Bring proof of your progress back to your organization
  • Earn credits toward industry certifications (if applicable)

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

- M. Haslam, QA/QC Manager
Rydex Funds

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