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Performance, Tuning, and Optimizing SQL Databases (M10987)

Identify and diagnose bottlenecks to improve overall performance of your SQL database.

GK# 4420 Vendor# M10987

Course Overview


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

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What You'll Learn


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.


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On-Demand Outline

1. SQL Server Architecture, Scheduling, and Waits

  • SQL Server Components and SQL OS
  • Windows Scheduling vs. SQL Scheduling
  • Waits and Queues

2. SQL Server I/O

  • Core Concepts
  • Storage Solutions
  • I/O Setup and Testing

3. Database Structures

  • Database Structure Internals
  • Data File Internals
  • TempDB Internals

4. SQL Server Memory

  • Windows Memory
  • SQL Server Memory
  • In-Memory OLTP

5. Concurrency and Transactions

  • Concurrency and Transactions
  • Locking Internals

6. Statistics and Index Internals

  • Statistics Internals and Cardinality Estimation
  • Index Internals
  • Columnstore Indexes

7. Query Execution and Query Plan Analysis

  • Query Execution and Optimizer Internals
  • Analyzing Query Plans

8. Plan Caching and Recompilation

  • Plan Cache Internals
  • Troubleshooting Plan Cache Issues
  • Query Store

9. Extended Events

  • Extended Events Core Concepts
  • Implementing Extended Events

10. Monitoring, Tracing, and Baselining

  • Monitoring and Tracing
  • Baselining and Benchmarking



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On-Demand Labs

Lab 1: SQL Server Architecture, Scheduling, and Waits

Lab 2: Testing Storage Performance

Lab 3: Database Structures

Lab 4: SQL Server Memory

Lab 5: SQL Server Concurrency and Transactions

Lab 6: Statistics and Index Internals

Lab 7: Query Execution and Query Plan Analysis

Lab 8: Plan Caching and Recompilation

Lab 9: Extended Events

Lab 10: Monitoring, Tracing, and Baselining



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

Who Should Attend


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.

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Duration: 33 hours

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