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Course 10987: Performance Tuning and Optimizing SQL Databases

Duration: 90-days online access
ILT Classroom: 4 days
Audience: Data Professionals
Certification: n/a
Exam: n/a
Level: 300

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Overview

About this course
This course provides students who manage and maintain SQL Server databases with the knowledge and skills to performance tune and optimize their databases..

Audience profile
The primary audience for this course is individuals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases and are responsible for optimal performance of SQL Server instances that they manage. These individuals also write queries against data and need to ensure optimal execution performance of the workloads.

The secondary audiences for this course are individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.

At course completion
After completing this course, students will be able to:

  • Describe the high level architectural overview of SQL Server and its various components
  • Describe the SQL Server execution model, waits and queues
  • Describe core I/O concepts, Storage Area Networks and performance testing
  • Describe architectural concepts and best practices related to data files for user databases and TempDB
  • Describe architectural concepts and best practices related to Concurrency, Transactions, Isolation Levels and Locking
  • Describe architectural concepts of the Optimizer and how to identify and fix query plan issues
  • Describe architectural concepts, troubleshooting scenarios and best practices related to Plan Cache
  • Describe architectural concepts, troubleshooting strategy and usage scenarios for Extended Events
  • Explain data collection strategy and techniques to analyze collected data
  • Understand techniques to identify and diagnose bottlenecks to improve overall performance. 

Pre-requisites
This course requires that you meet the following prerequisites:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Working knowledge of database administration and maintenance
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL.

Course Outline

  • Module 1: SQL Server Architecture, Scheduling, and Waits
    This module covers high level architectural overview of SQL Server and its various components. It dives deep into SQL Server execution model, waits and queues.
  • Module 2: SQL Server I/O
    This module covers core I/O concepts, Storage Area Networks and performance testing. It focuses on SQL Server I/O operations and how to test storage performance.
  • Module 3: Database Structures
    This module covers Database Structures, Data File and TempDB Internals. It focuses on architectural concepts and best practices related to data files for user databases and TempDB.
  • Module 4: SQL Server Memory
    This module covers Windows and SQL Server Memory internals. It focuses on architectural concepts and best practices related to SQL Server Memory Configuration.
  • Module 5: Concurrency and Transactions
    This module covers Transactions and Locking Internals. It focuses on architectural concepts and best practices related to Concurrency, Transactions, Isolation Levels and Locking.
  • Module 6: Statistics and Index Internals
    This module covers Statistics and Index Internals. It focuses on architectural concepts and best practices related to Statistics and Indexes.
  • Module 7: Query Execution and Query Plan Analysis
    This module covers Query Execution and Query Plan Analysis. It focuses on architectural concepts of the Optimizer and how to identify and fix query plan issues.
  • Module 8: Plan Caching and Recompilation
    This module covers Plan Caching and Recompilation. It focuses on architectural concepts, troubleshooting scenarios and best practices related to Plan Cache.
  • Module 9: Extended Events
    This module covers Extended Events. It focuses on architectural concepts, troubleshooting strategy and usage scenarios for Extended Events.
  • Module 10: Monitoring, Tracing, and Baselining
    This module covers tools and techniques to monitor, trace and baseline SQL Server performance data. It focuses on data collection strategy and techniques to analyze collected data.
  • Module 11: Troubleshooting Common Performance Issues
    This module covers common performance bottlenecks related to CPU, Memory, IO, TempDB and Concurrency. It focuses on techniques to identify and diagnose bottlenecks to improve overall performance.

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