SQL Server performance tuning queries


SQL Server can run into performance issues over time. I was working with a vendor that executed a number of SQL queries to gauge the performance of the server, and look for corrective action. Here are the queries he used:

Page Life Expectancy:

FROM sys.dm_os_performance_counters WITH (NOLOCK)
WHERE [object_name] LIKE N'%Buffer Node%' -- Handles named instances
AND counter_name = N'Page life expectancy' OPTION (RECOMPILE);

CPU Pressure: 

SELECT CAST(100.0 * SUM(signal_wait_time_ms) / SUM (wait_time_ms) AS NUMERIC(20,2))
AS [% Signal (CPU) Waits],
CAST(100.0 * SUM(wait_time_ms - signal_wait_time_ms) / SUM (wait_time_ms) AS NUMERIC(20,2))
AS [% Resource Waits]
FROM sys.dm_os_wait_stats WITH (NOLOCK) OPTION (RECOMPILE);

Execution counts:

SELECT TOP (100) qs.execution_count, qs.total_rows, qs.last_rows, qs.min_rows, qs.max_rows,
qs.last_elapsed_time, qs.min_elapsed_time, qs.max_elapsed_time,
total_worker_time, total_logical_reads,
SUBSTRING(qt.TEXT,qs.statement_start_offset/2 +1,
(CASE WHEN qs.statement_end_offset = -1
THEN LEN(CONVERT(NVARCHAR(MAX), qt.TEXT)) * 2
ELSE qs.statement_end_offset END - qs.statement_start_offset)/2) AS query_text
FROM sys.dm_exec_query_stats AS qs WITH (NOLOCK)
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(qs.sql_handle) AS qt
ORDER BY qs.execution_count DESC OPTION (RECOMPILE);

Missing Indexes:

SELECT DISTINCT CONVERT(decimal(18,2), user_seeks * avg_total_user_cost * (avg_user_impact * 0.01)) AS [index_advantage],
migs.last_user_seek, mid.[statement] AS [Database.Schema.Table],
mid.equality_columns, mid.inequality_columns, mid.included_columns,
migs.unique_compiles, migs.user_seeks, migs.avg_total_user_cost, migs.avg_user_impact,
OBJECT_NAME(mid.[object_id]) AS [Table Name], p.rows AS [Table Rows]
FROM sys.dm_db_missing_index_group_stats AS migs WITH (NOLOCK)
INNER JOIN sys.dm_db_missing_index_groups AS mig WITH (NOLOCK)
ON migs.group_handle = mig.index_group_handle
INNER JOIN sys.dm_db_missing_index_details AS mid WITH (NOLOCK)
ON mig.index_handle = mid.index_handle
INNER JOIN sys.partitions AS p WITH (NOLOCK)
ON p.[object_id] = mid.[object_id]
WHERE mid.database_id = DB_ID() -- Remove this to see for entire instance
ORDER BY index_advantage DESC OPTION (RECOMPILE);

Long Running Queries:

SELECT TOP(50) DB_NAME(t.[dbid]) AS [Database Name], t.[text] AS [Query Text],
qs.total_worker_time AS [Total Worker Time], qs.min_worker_time AS [Min Worker Time],
qs.total_worker_time/qs.execution_count AS [Avg Worker Time],
qs.max_worker_time AS [Max Worker Time], qs.execution_count AS [Execution Count],
qs.total_elapsed_time/qs.execution_count AS [Avg Elapsed Time],
qs.total_logical_reads/qs.execution_count AS [Avg Logical Reads],
qs.total_physical_reads/qs.execution_count AS [Avg Physical Reads],
qp.query_plan AS [Query Plan], qs.creation_time AS [Creation Time]
FROM sys.dm_exec_query_stats AS qs WITH (NOLOCK)
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(plan_handle) AS t
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_query_plan(plan_handle) AS qp
ORDER BY qs.total_worker_time DESC OPTION (RECOMPILE);
SELECT @@SERVERNAME AS [Server Name], [object_name], instance_name, cntr_value AS [Page Life Expectancy]


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