How to Performance Tune SQL Server 7.0
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Looking for ways to tune the performance of your SQL Server installation? Try these eight tips from Microsoft.
- Let SQL Server take care of most of the tuning work. This helps SQL Server run at peak performance even as user load and queries change over time.
- RAM is a limited resource. Too much unneeded data and index information flowing into buffer cache will quickly push out valuable pages.
- Create and maintain good indexes. A key factor in maintaining minimum I/O for all database queries is to ensure that good indexes are created and maintained.
- Monitor disk I/O subsystem performance. The physical disk subsystem must provide a database server with sufficient I/O processing power in order for the database server to run without disk queuing.
- Application and query tuning. This becomes especially important when a database server will be servicing requests from hundreds or thousands of connections through a given application.
- Take advantage of the powerful combination of SQL Server Profiler and Index Tuning Wizard. SQL Server Profiler can be used to monitor and log a SQL Server's workload.
- Take advantage of SQL Server Performance Monitor to detect bottlenecks. SQL Server 7.0 provides a revised set of Performance Monitor objects and counters.
- Take advantage of SQL Server Query Analyzer and Graphical ShowPlan. SQL Server 7.0 introduces Graphical ShowPlan, an easy method to analyze problematic SQL queries.
- This material is excerpted from the Microsoft article linked to below. (C) 2000 Microsoft Corporation. Reprinted with permission.
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