sp_Blitz Result: Partitioned Tables with Non-Aligned Indexes
Table partitioning is a complex way to break out your large tables into smaller, more manageable chunks, but it comes with a lot of management heartache. One of the challenges is making sure that your indexes are partitioned and aligned the same way as your clustered index. We’ve written a lot about the pros and cons of table partitioning.
This part of our SQL Server sp_Blitz script checks the DMVs sys.objects, sys.indexes, and sys.data_spaces to see if they line up and have the same number of partitions. It only checks at the database level – to see the individual objects having the problem, run this diagnostic query – and thanks to Alin Selicean for improving this query!
ISNULL(db_name(s.database_id),db_name()) AS DBName
,OBJECT_SCHEMA_NAME(i.object_id,DB_ID()) AS SchemaName
,o.name AS [Object_Name]
,i.name AS Index_name
,i.Type_Desc AS Type_Desc
,ds.name AS DataSpaceName
,ds.type_desc AS DataSpaceTypeDesc
FROM sys.objects AS o
JOIN sys.indexes AS i ON o.object_id = i.object_id
JOIN sys.data_spaces ds ON ds.data_space_id = i.data_space_id
LEFT OUTER JOIN sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats AS s ON i.object_id = s.object_id AND i.index_id = s.index_id AND s.database_id = DB_ID()
WHERE o.type = 'u'
AND i.type IN (1, 2)
AND o.object_id in
SELECT a.object_id from
(SELECT ob.object_id, ds.type_desc from sys.objects ob
JOIN sys.indexes ind on ind.object_id = ob.object_id
JOIN sys.data_spaces ds on ds.data_space_id = ind.data_space_id
GROUP BY ob.object_id, ds.type_desc ) a
GROUP BY a.object_id
HAVING COUNT (*) > 1
ORDER BY [Object_Name] DESC;
To Fix the Problem
Depending on the size of the data involved, this could be a pretty big problem that involves taking a maintenance window. Time to hit the books – start reading our partitioning resources.