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SQL Databases

Performance Tuning and Optimizing SQL Databases

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  • Overview

    This course provides students who manage and maintain SQL Server databases with the knowledge and skills to performance tune and optimize their databases.

  • Who Should Take This Course


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


    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.

  • Why You Should Take This Course

    Upon completing this course, students will be able to:

    • Describe the high level architectural overview of SQL Server and its various components.
    • Describe the SQL Server execution model, waits and queues.
    • Describe core I/O concepts, Storage Area Networks and performance testing.
    • Describe architectural concepts and best practices related to data files for user databases and TempDB.
    • Describe architectural concepts and best practices related to Concurrency, Transactions, Isolation Levels and Locking.
    • Describe architectural concepts of the Optimizer and how to identify and fix query plan issues.
    • Describe architectural concepts, troubleshooting scenarios and best practices related to Plan Cache.
    • Describe 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.
  • Schedule
  • Course Outline
    1. SQL Server Architecture, Scheduling, and Waits
    2. SQL Server I/O
    3. Database Structures
    4. SQL Server Memory
    5. SQL Server Concurrency
    6. Statistics and Index Internals
    7. Query Execution and Query Plan Analysis
    8. Plan Caching and Recompilation
    9. Extended Events
    10. Monitoring, Tracing, and Baselining
  • FAQs
    Is there a discount available for current students?

    UMBC students and alumni, as well as students who have previously taken a public training course with UMBC Training Centers are eligible for a 10% discount, capped at $250. Please provide a copy of your UMBC student ID or an unofficial transcript or the name of the UMBC Training Centers course you have completed. Online courses are excluded from this offer.

    What is the cancellation and refund policy?

    Student will receive a refund of paid registration fees only if UMBC Training Centers receives a notice of cancellation at least 10 business days prior to the class start date for classes or the exam date for exams.

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