Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Performance Tuning Technical Reference

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Microsoft Press, Jul 10, 2001 - Computers - 438 pages
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Performance tuning a relational database can be engaging yet frustrating, and this guide gives you the practical information you need to configure and tune a Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2000 database for better, faster, more scalable solutions. The authors start with the basics and build upon them to teach the mechanics of performance tuning and how they affect the whole system. This book also shows how to optimize for the underlying operating system and hardware. It’s the only book of its kind coauthored by engineers who have worked in the SQL Server performance group.

Expert instruction helps you understand these topics:


  • Architectural fundamentals that affect tuning
  • I/O tuning and RAID storage considerations
  • How to tune hardware, database layout, and configuration parameters
  • Feature enhancements for better ease-of-use, performance, manageability, and reliability.


  • How to use the Microsoft Windows® 2000 System Monitor and the SQL Server Profiler to shorten transaction response times.


  • How to model software and hardware usage to predict resource consumption and conduct preconfiguration planning, and how to perform what-if scenarios about workload growth to avoid slow response times.


  • How to tune online transaction processing (OLTP) systems, data warehouses, and replicated systems.
  • How to set up your system for high-performance backup and recovery.


  • How to get optimal performance by using Query Analyzer and Profiler to tune SQL statements and stored procedures.
  • How to take advantage of indexes and hints.

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Performance Tuning Capacity Planning and Sizing Overview
SQL Server 2000 Architecture Fundamentals
Understanding the lO Subsystem and RAlD

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About the author (2001)

Edward Whalen is the founder of Performance Tuning Corporation (, a consulting company specializing in database performance, administration, and backup/recovery solutions. Prior to starting Performance Tuning Corp., Mr. Whalen worked at Compaq Computer Corporation as an OS developer, and then as a database performance engineer. He has extensive experience in database system design and tuning for optimal performance. His career has consisted of hardware, OS, and database development projects for many different companies. Mr. Whalen has written three other books on the Oracle RDBMS and four books on MS SQL Server. He has also worked on numerous benchmarks and performance tuning projects with both Oracle and MS SQL Server. Mr. Whalen is recognized as a leader in database performance tuning and optimization. In addition to his experience in Oracle on many different OS platforms, such as Solaris, AIX, HP-UX, and Windows, he has recently spent significant time working with Oracle on Linux, including the deployment of some of the first RAC clusters on Linux. He works closely with both Red Hat and Novell/SUSE with many different flavors of Linux.

Marcilina Garcia is a senior consultant at Performance Tuning Corporation, where she specializes in database performance benchmarks, SQL Server performance and database design, and system configuration.

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