If you want to run the labs on your own (either during class, or later), you’re going to need:

  • A fast SQL Server
  • The right Stack Overflow database
  • An Agent job to rapidly restore the database between labs
  • SQLQueryStress

The setup is exactly the same for all of my Mastering classes, so as long as you’ve set up for any of ’em, you’re good to go.

If this is your first class, read the setup instructions for Mastering Index Tuning. That’s the first class in the Mastering series that you should take, and you can use the server setup instructions for that one.