What’s swimming in your bufferpool?

When doing a performance investigation a useful thing to do is look at what data is present in the buffer pool.  This can be used to analyze impact of running a query on the state of data pages in buffer pool. By collecting the pre and post picture of buffer pool, you can see the…

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OBJECT_NAME enhancement and OBJECT_SCHEMA_NAME addition in SQL Server 2005 SP2

SQL Server 2005 SP2 has an important enhancement to OBJECT_NAME metadata function and a new OBJECT_SCHEMA_NAME metadata function. I will first describe the old functionality to give some context and demonstrate how the new features help a lot. Please note that the examples uses DMVs that looks at metadata in each database or plan cache so…

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Two handy papers on common database performance considerations

Len posted recently the link to the new Analysis Services performance guide. If you also care about SQL Server engine performance, these two papers are worth a quick read: Troubleshooting Performance Problems in SQL Server 2005, which takes you through steps for identifying and resolving typical database performance problems. Physical Database Storage Design, explores considerations…

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