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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:

Recommended Experience:

  • Understanding of logical database design principles at the level of
    • Course 382, Relational Database Design, Tools & 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
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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
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)
  • Make progress toward one or more Learning Tree Specialist & Expert Certifications (if applicable)

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Earn 29 Credits from NASBA

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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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