Written by a team of expert SQL users, this comprehensive resource approaches performance tuning from a new perspective by showing you a methodical scientific approach to diagnose performance problems. In addition, the authors demonstrate how to make use of the key tools for SQL Server Performance tuning.
Broken into four parts, the book first walks you through how to discover bottlenecks when something is wrong and how to monitor SQL Server to see whether there is a resource bottleneck. You′ll then learn how to identify and remove the problems that are causing poor performance. The next section explains the preventive measures you can take to try to avoid a performance problem entirely. Finally, you′ll learn how to achieve better performance and you′ll take a look at some of the challenges involving performance tuning at the later stages of a product′s life.
What you will learn from this book
How to use the SQL Server wait types to find resource bottlenecks and the queries that are creating them
Ways to tune and configure the schema so you can remove bottlenecks
Techniques for creating standard workloads for use in performance testing
Benefits of storage subsystem performance and robustness
How to use SQLIO and SQLIOSim to their full potential
Best practices for a successful deployment
Who this book is for
This book is for consultants, developers, DBAs, architects, or anyone with an interest in SQL performance. A working knowledge of T–SQL and knowledge of how to perform basic SQL Server and OS administrative tasks is necessary.
Wrox Professional guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real–world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals. Focused and relevant, they address the issues technology professionals face every day. They provide examples, practical solutions, and expert education in new technologies, all designed to help programmers do a better job.
Christian Bolton has been working with SQL Server since 1999 and in 2007 became a director and database architect for Coeo Ltd, a Microsoft Certified Partner focused on large–scale and complex SQL Server projects in the United Kingdom. Prior to this, Christian worked for 5 years as a senior premier field engineer for Microsoft UK, working with some of Microsoft s biggest customers across EMEA. His specialist areas are high availability, scalability, and performance tuning. Christian works out of London and lives in the south of England with his wife and daughter. He can be contacted at http://coeo.com or through his blog at http://sqlblogcasts.com/blogs/christian.
Justin Langford has worked as a premier field engineer for Microsoft specializing in SQL Server for the past 3 years.Much of this time has been focused on sharing best practices for operations and optimization with some of the United Kingdom s largest financial and government organizations. Justin previously worked as a consultant foraMicrosoft Partner focusing on upgrade, migration, and software deployment projects for enterprise customers. Outside of work, Justin enjoys yacht racing, snowboarding, and has a keen interest in classic British sports cars.
Michael Cape is a database developer with experience in a variety of industries. Those industries are mortgage banking, pension administration, advertising, logistics, insurance, and labor management. Michael holds a BSCS degree and got his start with database development with SQLBase from Gupta. Michael also has 5 years experience with DB2, and has been working with SQL Server, starting with version 7, for the last 7 years. Outside work, Michael spends time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys golf, bicycling, fishing, and kite flying.
Joshua Jin works for the Intel Corporation. He is a certified SQL Server MCITP database administrator, MCITP database developer, and MCITP business intelligence developer. He specializes in the performance tuning of large–scale and high–volume SQL databases. Prior to working at Intel, he worked on the largest Internet banking implementation in the United States, using SQL server as its database engine. He can be reached at joshua—firstname.lastname@example.org.
Douglas Hinson is an independent software and database consultant in the logistics and financial industries, with an extensive SQL Server background. He has co–authored several Wrox books, including Professional SQL Server 2005 Integration Services.
Haidong "Alex" Ji is a professional trainer and consultant specializing in SQL Server administration, performance tuning, high availability, and many other facets of SQL Server. In addition, he also excels at database interoperability issues, having worked extensively with Oracle and MySQL on Unix and Linux. Haidong enjoys learning and sharing his expertise through technical writing, speaking, consulting, training, and mentoring. He co–authored Professional SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (Wrox Press) and Professional SQL Server 2005 Administration (Wrox Press). Haidong maintains a blog at www.haidongji.com/category/technology/.He can be contacted at Haidong.Ji@gmail.com.
Paul Mestemaker is a program manager at Microsoft on the SQL Server product team. During the SQL Server 2005 product cycle, he worked closely with the new dynamic management views on the SQL Server Engine team. Following the launch, Paul moved to the SQL Server Manageability team to create tools on top of the new SQL platform technologies. He was influential in the release of SQL Server 2005 Best Practices Analyzer, Performance Dashboard Reports, and SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2. He is now a member of the SQLCAT Best Practices team, where he works with subject matter experts across Microsoft and in the community to develop new rules for SQL BPA. Paul has been a speaker at TechEd, PASS, Connections, and other Microsoft conferences. He blogs occasionally; you can check it out here: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlrem/.
Arindam Sen has worked with SQL Server for the past 8 years and has significant experience with Siebel deployments using SQL Server databases. His interests lie in the area of high availability and performance tuning. He is an MCSE, MCSA, MCAD, and MCDBA. He won the SQL Server innovator award (SQL Server Magazine) in 2003 and 2004. He holds an engineering degree in electronics and an MBA from Duke University.