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SQLBits 2024 runs from Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd March.

Expert Performance Tuning for SQL Server 2016 & 2017


Your job is making SQL Server go faster, but you haven’t been to a performance tuning class since 2016 came out. You’ve heard things have gotten way better with 2016 and 2017, but you haven’t had the chance to dig into the new plan cache tools, DMVs, adaptive joins, and wait stats updates.

In one fun-filled day, Brent Ozar and Erik Darling will future-proof your tuning skills. You’ll learn our most in-depth techniques to tune SQL Server leveraging DMVs, query plans, sp_BlitzCache, and sp_BlitzFirst. You’ll find your server’s bottleneck, identify the right queries to tune, and understand why they’re killing your server.

You’ll go back to the office with free scripts, great ideas, and even a plan to convince the business to upgrade to SQL Server 2016 or 2017 ASAP.

Can’t upgrade to 2016? We’ll even show you memory grant and compilation tracking tricks that work in newer service packs for 2012 and 2014.

This is not an introductory class: you should have 2-3 years of experience with SQL Server, reading execution plans, and working on making your queries go faster.
Laptop Required:Yes

  • Spec: If you bring a laptop with SQL Server 2016 and 120GB free space, you can follow along with us in the Stack Overflow database, too.
  • Software: SQL Server 2016 SP1 or newer
  • Subscriptions: No

Learning Objectives

Previous Experience

Tech Covered

performance, memory