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Database Optimization Tutorial


This Database Optimization course provides viewers with important techniques and checklists to configure, monitor, and manage their databases. You will learn how to develop a tuning strategy, explore the tuning and diagnostic tools, understand the relational database model and implications on performance, evaluate the application for efficient design, structure, and other factors affecting performance and evaluate hardware for effects on performance. Join us as we review best practices in designing, optimizing, and maintaining your database. You will benefit from this course whether you have some experience with optimizing databases or are just starting out. Work files are included. To begin learning today, simply click on the movie links.

Introduction

Introduction & Disclaimers
Optimizing a Database
Some Common Problems

Designing for Performance

Planning & Process Principles
Design Principles
Client/Server Interaction

Troubleshooting & Testing

What to Look for
Types of Testing
SQLdiag Tool

Conducting an Audit

Understanding Audits
Components of Audits
Examples of Components
Creating Audits Through Procedures

Relationships & Joins

Relationships
Understanding Joins
Optimizing Joins
Joins & Indexing

Referential Integrity

Proper Use of Integrity
Integrity Continued
Primary/Foreign/Candidate Keys
Troubleshooting Integrity

Data Types & Validations

Unions
UNION in SQL
Standards
Validation

Creating a Data Model

Conceptual/Logical/Physical Models
Relational Modeling
Entity Model
Schemas

Database Normalization

First Normal Form
Second Normal Form
Third Normal Form
Denormalization

Temporary Tables

Creating & Using Temporary Tables
Heap & Memory Tables
EXPLAIN Statement

Query/Views Optimization

Introduction to Execution Plans
Running the SQL Execution Plan
Using Profiler for the Execution Plan
SET SHOWPLAN_TEXT

Index Strategies

Effective Indexes
Short & Distinct Keys
Looking at Indexes in SQL
Optimizing & Indexes

Clustered Indexes

Clustered vs. Non-Clustered Indexes
Tips for Clustered Indexes
Significance on Performance

More Tuning

Eliminating Unwanted Data
SHRINKFILE Examples
Database Tuning Advisor
DTA Example

Data Types & Quality

Data Quality
Overview of Data Types
SQL vs. Oracle Data Types
Examples in SQL

Best Practices

Creating a Sustainable Database
Documentation
Most Common Practices

Stored Procedures & Triggers

Stored Procedures/Functions/Triggers
Writing Stored Procedures
Creating a Function & When to Use
Working with Triggers

Hardware Performance Concepts

CPU & Input/Output
Memory Management
Network Infrastructure

Applying Performance Concepts

Task Manager
System vs. Performance Monitor
Performance Monitor
SQL Database I/O Report
Examples for sys.dm_io_virtual_file_stats

Monitoring

Event Viewer
SQL Activity Monitor
Locks & Deadlocks
Monitoring Services

Database Security

Privileges
Role Based Authorization
GRANT & REVOKE Statements
Reviewing Security in SQL

Understanding Lifecycles

Lifecycle Management
The Database Lifecycle
Using the SQL Management Plan

Using Baselines & Profiler

Importance of Baselines
SQL Profiler
Trace & Other Profiler Tools
Terminology in Work Files

Analyzing Slow Performance

Database Testing
Thoughts on Troubleshooting
Generalized Tips

Optimizing Code

Levels of Optimization
UNION vs. OR Optimization
JOIN vs. WHERE
Weak Joins
Coding Tips

Statistics

Overview of Statistics
Seeing Statistics in SQL
Auditing
Auditing in SQL

Other Components

Database Consistency Checker (DBCC)
DBCC in SQL
System Catalog
System Catalog in SQL

Checklists

Architecture & Design
Constraints & Influences
Performance Tuning
Index Checklist
General Checklist

Odds & Ends

Business Intelligence
Archiving
ADONET

Conclusion

Wrap Up & Work Files

Credits

About the Author


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