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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


In this course you will develop the practical tuning and optimization skills that will increase efficiencies in your SQL Server database. You will learn about best practices related to data files for user databases and TempDB, as well as concurrency, transactions, isolation levels, and locking. You will also discover the techniques and develop strategies on how best to analyze collected data.


  • Redeem four SATVs for an individual On-Demand course plus digital Microsoft Official Courseware (dMOC)
  • Redeem two SATVs for an individual On-Demand course

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What You'll Learn

  • High-level architectural overview of SQL Server and its various components
  • SQL Server execution model, waits and queues
  • Core I/O concepts, storage area networks, and performance testing
  • Architectural concepts related to concurrency, transactions, and isolation levels
  • Architectural concepts of the optimizer and how to identify and fix query plan issues
  • Architectural concepts, troubleshooting scenarios and best practices related to plan cache
  • Architectural concepts, troubleshooting strategy and usage scenarios for extended events
  • Data collection strategy and techniques to analyze collected data


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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: 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


IT professionals 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.

Follow-On Courses

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This course comes with three months, 24x7 access to: 

  • HD-quality streaming videos that adapt to your connection speed and device
  • Hands-on live labs with integrated lab steps and ability to save and resume labs
  • Knowledge checks for comprehensive assessments
  • 24x7 mentoring via chat, email and phone
  • Digital Microsoft Official Courseware (dMOC)
Course Delivery

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Duration: 33 hours

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