10987 Performance Tuning and Optimizing SQL Databases
8/17/2020 - 8/20/2020
11/9/2020 - 11/12/2020



COURSE TIMES: 9:00am - 4:30pm

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This four-day instructor-led course teaches performance & optimization for SQL Server databases.

At course completion:

  • Describe the high level architectural overview of SQL Server & its various components.
  • SQL Server execution model, waits and queues.
  • Core I/O concepts, Storage Area Networks & performance testing.
  • Architectural concepts & best practices related to data files for user databases and TempDB as well as Concurrency, Transactions, Isolation Levels & Locking.
  • Architectural concepts of the Optimizer & how to identify and fix query plan issues.
  • Architectural concepts, troubleshooting scenarios & best practices related to Plan Cache.
  • Architectural concepts, troubleshooting strategy and usage scenarios for Extended Events.
  • Explain data collection strategy and techniques to analyze collected data.
  • Understand techniques to identify and diagnose bottlenecks to improve overall performance.


The primary audience for this course is individuals who administer and maintain SQL Server databases and are responsible for optimal performance of SQL Server instances that they manage. These individuals also write queries against data and need to ensure optimal execution performance of the workloads.

The secondary audiences for this course are individuals who develop applications that deliver content from SQL Server databases.

In addition to their professional experience, students who attend this training should already have the following technical knowledge:

  • Basic knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system and its core functionality.
  • Working knowledge of database administration and maintenance
  • Working knowledge of Transact-SQL.


*Course cost listed does not include the cost of courseware. Please contact us @ learn@vtec.org or 207-775-0244 for additional pricing information or if you have any questions. Course is subject to minimum enrollment. If minimum is not met this class may run as a LDL / Virtual class.
Note: This course is eligibile for Microsoft SATVs.


Module 1: SQL Server Architecture, Scheduling, and Waits
SQL Server Components and SQL OS
Windows Scheduling vs SQL Scheduling
Waits and Queues
Lab : SQL Server Architecture, Scheduling, and Waits

Module 2: SQL Server I/O
Core Concepts
Storage Solutions
I/O Setup and Testing
Lab : Testing Storage Performance

Module 3: Database Structures
Database Structure Internals
Data File Internals
TempDB Internals
Lab : Database Structures

Module 4: SQL Server Memory
Windows Memory
SQL Server Memory
In-Memory OLTP
Lab : SQL Server Memory

Module 5: Concurrency and Transactions
Concurrency and Transactions
Locking Internals
Lab : Concurrency and Transactions

Module 6: Statistics and Index Internals
Statistics Internals and Cardinality Estimation
Index Internals
Columnstore Indexes
Lab : Statistics and index Internals

Module 7: Query Execution and Query Plan Analysis
Query execution and optimizer internals
Analyzing query plans
Lab : Query execution and query plan analysis

Module 8: Plan Caching and Recompilation
Plan cache internals
Troubleshooting plan cache issues
Query store
Lab : Plan caching and recompilation

Module 9: Extended Events
Extended events core concepts
Working with extended events
Lab : Extended events

Module 10: Monitoring, Tracing, and Baselining
Monitoring and tracing
Baselining and benchmarking
Lab : Monitoring, Tracing and Baselining