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Torsten Strauss

ABOUT ME

Microsoft SQL Server Expert

My name is Torsten Strauß from Germany. I work for the Unified Database Service Line of BP p.l.c. and has been recognized as a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for Data Platform. At the turn of the millennium, I discovered my passion for the Microsoft SQL Server product suite. I am specialized in performance tuning, troubleshooting and T-SQL programming. For the past decade I have additionally worked with Microsoft Integration Services and Reporting Services and I have collaborated with Sarpedon Quality Lab®, a company endorsed as the only Microsoft Certified Solutions Master for the Microsoft Data Platform in Germany.

TRAINING

Individual Training For Individual People

With Microsoft SQL Server products, you can do amazing things – sometimes it only needs a little support. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer and Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert, I offer custom training on SQL Server performance optimization, query tuning and data integration with Microsoft Integration Services. To stay up to date with this rapidly changing technology, I regularly attend conferences and training sessions from other experts myself.

BLOG

Learning By Sharing

In my experience, it is best to learn by sharing your knowledge. Feel free to review my blog posts, ask questions, and leave feedback. Just drop me a note if you are interested in a particular topic.

2019-02-10    Microsoft SQL Server    Query Tuning, Database Engine Tuning Advisor

In the last post you saw that the missing index feature does not consider the order for columns to be used in an index. In this blog I will explain another limitation of the missing index feature – it reports only include columns for some queries. SQL Server supports two kind of row store indexes – the clustered index and then non-clustered index. It is important to understand the difference between these two indexes in order to implement the right index type to improve reading performance.

2018-12-31    Microsoft SQL Server    Query Tuning, Database Engine Tuning Advisor

In the last post you saw that the missing index feature does not consider trivial plans. In this blog I will explain another limitation of the missing index feature – it does not specify an order for columns to be used in an index. SQL Server can only benefit from a row store index if the key columns are in the correct order. The order of the columns of an index determines whether SQL Server chooses an index scan or seek. Scanning an index simply means that the storage engine of SQL Server will read all index pages and filter the desired records afterwards (residual predicate).

2018-10-12    Microsoft SQL Server    Query Tuning, Database Engine Tuning Advisor

In the last post you saw that the missing index feature does not gather statistics for more than 500 missing index groups. This time I am going to reveal another limitation which is not even documented – the missing index feature does not recommend missing indexes for trivial queries. SQL Server has to create an execution plan before executing a query because it has to evaluate the different available physical iterators depending on the cardinality estimation, supportive indexes, available hardware resources and instance settings to find a good enough plan.

2018-10-06    Microsoft SQL Server    Query Tuning, Database Engine Tuning Advisor

Implementing the right indexes will improve the execution time and IO reads for a Select, Update or Delete. Unfortunately sometimes it is not that easy to identify missing indexes without having a deep understanding about Query Execution Plans. That is why SQL Server gives us a hint about missing indexes in an Execution Plan. Sounds beneficial but in this blog post I will proof that it is not always a good idea to rely on these index recommendations. According to Microsoft, there are the several Limitations for Using the Missing Indexes Feature.

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MEET ME

Let’s Get To Know Each Other

You can meet me at conferences and user groups where I love to share my experience and knowledge about Microsoft SQL Server. So far, I have spoken at 71 conference and user groups and do not intend to change anything in the near future. I look forward to meeting you in person.

Upcoming Events

Just a short break ...

Events in the past half year

wed20febAll Daythu21I will speak at SQL Conference in DarmstadtQuery Engine(All Day) darmstadtium Kongresscenter, Schlossgraben 1, 64283 Darmstadt, Germany

thu14feb7:00 PM9:30 PMI will speak at SQL PASS EssenWays to increase the Performance of Transactions in Microsoft SQL Server7:00 PM - 9:30 PM GDS Business Intelligence GmbH​, Karlstraße 152, 45329 Essen, Germany

sat09febAll DayI will speak at SQL Saturday KrakowExtent and Page Management in SQL Server(All Day: saturday) Qubus Hotel Krakow, Nadwislanska 6, 30-527 Krakow, Poland

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CONTACT

Let’s Work Together

Big things have small beginnings. Let us find out what we can achieve together.

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