Hi, Brent here! I’m really excited to welcome you to Fundamentals of Index Tuning.

Read this whole page: there’s a lot of stuff in here for you.

To prep, watch How to Think Like the Engine.

Before we get started, I need to make sure that we’ve covered the basics. In my free 75-minute How to Think Like the Engine class, you’ll learn the foundations of clustered and nonclustered indexes, statistics, memory grants, and sargability.

That alone doesn’t guarantee that you’ll be able to keep up in class, of course – but if you hadn’t at least learned this much before starting, then you’d have been totally screwed, hahaha.

Now, get your computer ready for the live class.

To ask questions and talk to the other attendees, go to https://www.brentozar.com/slack/ to get an instant invite, then join the #BrentOzarUnlimited channel. This way attendees can help each other with their questions during the live labs.

Audio will come through your computer speakers, so you’ll want clear speakers or a set of headphones. (You don’t have to worry about a microphone or webcam – other attendees won’t see or hear you.)

To follow along with the demos, download a Stack Overflow database. I’ll be using the medium-sized 50GB StackOverflow2013 database, but if you’ve got a different one handy (either the smaller 10GB or larger 300+GB one), that’s fine too – the same concepts will still apply. If you’re on a slow desktop/laptop, feel free to use the small 10GB StackOverflow2010 database.

Attach it to any supported version of SQL Server, can be Standard, Enterprise, or Developer. (Sorry, SQL Server 2008 and Express Edition won’t cut it here.) If you want a free development or evaluation version of SQL Server, hit up SQLServerUpdates.com.

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  • charlene.boden
    November 12, 2020 5:48 am

    Files are in the process of downloading but I probably will not be able to use the database files since I do not have admin rights but I do have databases to use.

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  • Hi Brent – I’m setting up a VM to join in your European training sessions – any preferred version of MSSQL required and is there any collation setting I should use or should I stick to the default install settings.



    • Martin – sure, for this class, check out this section: “Attach it to any supported version of SQL Server, can be Standard, Enterprise, or Developer.” Microsoft currently supports SQL Server 2012 & newer. I would stick to the default collation settings.


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