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If you write code that accesses a database one terabyte or larger, you need to know that things are different around here. When you hit the very large database (VLDB) territory, you need to pay particular attention to statistics, TempDB, and staging tables. Microsoft Certified Master Brent Ozar will share his favorite lessons for developers who work with either OLTP or data warehouses in this 25-minute webcast:

The links discussed in the webcast include:

SQL Server 2012 Query Performance Tuning by Grant Fritchey – we talked about the statistics analysis chapter as an example of what matters much more in the terabyte territory.

SQL Server 2012 Internals and Troubleshooting – the storage chapter helps you pick the right storage for your TempDB, which matters much more in VLDBs.

Download SQL Server 2012 Management Studio – free download for all Microsoft SQL Server users. I’d recommend using this even if you’re not using SQL Server 2012 on the back end – it’s a better development environment. Bonus – check out Jes’s SSMS tips and tricks video.

Want to learn more? We’ve got video training explaining it! In our 90 minute video series How to Think Like the SQL Server Engine, you’ll learn:

  • The differences between clustered and nonclustered indexes
  • How (and when) to make a covering index
  • The basics of execution plans
  • What determines sargability
  • How SQL Server estimates query memory requirements
  • What parameter sniffing means, and why it’s not always helpful

For $29, you get 18 months of access to the videos for one person. You can watch them at work, at home, even on your iPad. Learn more about it now.

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  1. Nice and interesting video, Brent ! Congrats.

  2. Just for curiosity ,which keyboard layout you are using Brent?

    • Biju – I use QWERTY on a Microsoft Natural ergonomic keyboard when I’m working, and an Apple wireless keyboard (for silence) when I’m doing webcasts or client work.

  3. Very interesting discussion – thanks.

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