Categories: "SQL Server Performance"

Configuring a server side trace

When I'm after SQL Server performance  problems, SQL Server Profiler is still my number one tool. Allthough I know that extended events provide a mor lightweight solution, those are still a bit cumbersome to use (but I've seen that we can expect… mehr »

Calculating SQL Server Data Compression Savings

SQL Server 2008 Enterprise edition comes with an opportunity for storing table or index data in a compressed format which may save huge amount of storage space and - much more important - IO requests and buffer pool utilization. There's two different… mehr »

SQL Server Start Time

Have you tried finding out the time, your SQL Server instance has been started? There are some sophisticated solutions, like the one from Tracy Hamlin (twitter), which takes advantage of the fact that tempdb is re-created every time, SQL Server starts.… mehr »

Exploring SQL Server Blockings and Timeouts

Last Thursday I was giving a presentation about information collection and evaluation of SQL Server Blockings and Timeouts at the regional PASS chapter meeting in Munich. You may download the presentation as well as the corresponding scripts here… mehr »

Multiple statistics sharing the same leading column

SQL Server will not prevent you from creating identical indexes or statistics. You may think that everything is under your control, but have you ever added a missing index that has been reported by the query optimizer, or the DTA? If so, you will… mehr »

Did you know: Aggregate functions on floats may be non-deterministic

One day some of the report-users mentioned that, every time they run a report, they get different results. My first idea was that there were some undergoing data changes, probably from a different connection/user, so this would explain it. But it turned… mehr »

No automatically created or updated statistics for read-only databases

Ok, that's not really the latest news and also well documented. But keep in mind that database snapshots also fall into the category of read-only databases, so you won't see automatically maintained statistics for these as well. I've seen the advice of… mehr »