Hi, Brent here! I’m really excited to welcome you to the class.

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

Watch How to Think Like the Engine and Fundamentals of Index Tuning.

Before we get started, I need to make sure that we’ve covered the basics:

  • How to Think Like the Engine – free 90-minute class that covers the foundations of clustered and nonclustered indexes, statistics, memory grants, and sargability.
  • Fundamentals of Index Tuning – one-day class that covers how to index for WHERE, ORDER BY, and JOINs, and covers how to pick the field order for indexes.
  • Optional: How I Use the First Responder Kit – students who haven’t used sp_BlitzIndex and sp_BlitzCache before will find this helpful, but it’s not required.

Armed with the material in those two classes, you’ll be well-equipped to keep up in the Mastering class.

Now, get your computer ready for the webcast.


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.)

Want to run the demos on your own machine?

If you didn’t buy a lab VM, or if you want to run the demos after the class finishes, read the scripts and databases setup.

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