Server Performance and Activity Monitoring

Monitor Performance of SQL Server and Databases

The goal of monitoring databases is to assess how a server is performing. Effective monitoring involves taking periodic snapshots of current performance to isolate processes that are causing problems, and gathering data continuously over time to track performance trends. Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft Windows operating system provide utilities that let you view the current condition of the database and to  track performance as conditions change.

What you’ll learn

  • SQL Server Installation.
  • Sample Database Installation.
  • SQL Server Management Studio Installation.
  • SQL Server Performance Monitoring.
  • Database Activity Monitoring.
  • Data Collection.
  • Using Extended Events.
  • Using Indexes.

Course Content

  • SQL Server Installation –> 12 lectures • 1hr 1min.
  • Server Performance and Activity Monitoring –> 6 lectures • 32min.

Server Performance and Activity Monitoring

Requirements

  • Basic knowledge of database concepts advised.

The goal of monitoring databases is to assess how a server is performing. Effective monitoring involves taking periodic snapshots of current performance to isolate processes that are causing problems, and gathering data continuously over time to track performance trends. Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft Windows operating system provide utilities that let you view the current condition of the database and to  track performance as conditions change.

Microsoft SQL Server is a relational database management system developed by Microsoft. As a database server, it is a software product with the primary function of storing and retrieving data as requested by other software applications—which may run either on the same computer or on another computer across a network.

The core component of the SQL Server is the Database Engine. The Database Engine consists of a relational engine that processes queries and a storage engine that manages database files, pages, pages, index, etc. The database objects such as stored procedures, views, and triggers are also created and executed by the Database Engine.

SQL Server has four primary editions that have different bundled services and tools. Two editions are available free of charge:

SQL Server Developer edition for use in database development and testing.

SQL Server Expression for small databases with the size up to 10 GB of disk storage capacity.

For larger and more critical applications, SQL Server offers the Enterprise edition that includes all SQL server’s features.

SQL Server Standard Edition has partial feature sets of the Enterprise Edition and limits on the Server regarding the numbers of processor core and memory that can be configured.

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