SQL Server Performance Tuning

At some point all data administrators will have to tune their environments and there are may ways you might go about that.  In this episode, we talk with Pinal Dave about how he does performance tuning and the thought process behind the approach.  What I found interesting about this discussion is we have our own version of the how to do things, but there are some basics that everyone should have covered.

This discussion does not get heavy into the how to for all scenarios; however, I think you will find the discussion very informative.

Listen to Learn

  • The first steps in performance tuning
  • Why MSDB can play a role in performance
  • Why server setup is still so important
  • Different approaches to troubleshooting performance
  • Why DTA still gives us heartburn
  • Pinal’s take on how long the server should be up before you use the DMVs to diagnose issue.
  • Who Adrienne Frost is

Our Guest

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Pinal Dave

Pinal Dave (pronounced Da vey) has been a database professional for nearly 20 years.  He is the author of the very popular blog sqlauthority.com, which just completed its 10 anniversary.  He has written a book on interview questions and is a frequent speaker at conferences.

I let them explain in the first five to ten minutes their own problem. Understand their concern first.

Pinal Dave

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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