Optimize query performance in Azure SQL


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Course Description:

Analyze individual query performance and determine where improvements can be made. Explore performance-related Dynamic Management Objects. Investigate how indexes and database design affect queries.

This Course helps prepare you for Exam DP-300: Administering Microsoft Azure SQL Solutions.







Course Topics

Module 1: Explore query performance optimization

Read and understand various forms of execution plans. Compare estimated vs actual plans. Learn how and why plans are generated. Understand the purpose and benefits of the Query Store.

  • Introduction
  • Understand query plans
  • Explain estimated and actual query plans
  • Describe dynamic management views and functions
  • Explore Query Store
  • Identify problematic query plans
  • Describe blocking and locking
  • Exercise: Identify and resolve blocking issues

Module 2: Explore performance-based design

Explore normalization for relational databases. Investigate the impact of proper datatype usage. Compare types of indexes.

  • Introduction
  • Describe normalization
  • Choose appropriate data types
  • Design indexes
  • Exercise: Identify database design issues

Module 3: Evaluate performance improvements

Evaluate possible changes to indexes. Determine the impact of changes to queries and indexes. Explore Query Store hints.

  • Introduction
  • Describe wait statistics
  • Tune and maintain indexes
  • Understand query hints
  • Exercise: Isolate problem areas in poorly performing queries

Target Audience

The audience for this course is data professionals managing data and databases who want to learn about administering the data platform technologies that are available on Microsoft Azure


  • Ability to use tools for running queries against a Microsoft SQL database, either on-premises on cloud-based
  • Ability to write code in the SQL language, particularly the Microsoft T-SQL dialect, at a basic level.
  • Basic understanding of structure and usage of SQL Server indexes
  • Basic understanding of relational database concepts


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  • Collaboration with classmates (not currently available for self-paced course)
  • Real-world learning activities and scenarios
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