Tag Archives: SQL Server 2008

Finding Missing Indexes with SQL Server DMVs

Finding Missing Indexes with DMVsSome time ago I wrote written about easy index wins for SQL Server 2005.

SQL server maintains statistics about indexes you should consider creating. This time I’ll show you a DMV (Dynamic Management View) that lists index candidates. This method works for SQL Server 2005 SP2 and later versions.

The query is based on three DMVs and returns index candidates where the calculated improvement is more than 10%:

  migs.avg_total_user_cost * (migs.avg_user_impact / 100.0) * (migs.user_seeks + migs.user_scans) AS improvement_measure_pct,
  QUOTENAME(db_name(mid.database_id)) AS [database],
  QUOTENAME(OBJECT_SCHEMA_NAME(mid.object_id, mid.database_id)) AS [schema],
  QUOTENAME(OBJECT_NAME(mid.object_id, mid.database_id)) AS [table],
  'CREATE INDEX [missing_index_' + CONVERT(varchar(64), NEWID()) + ']'
  + ' ON ' + mid.statement
  + ' (' + ISNULL (mid.equality_columns, '')
  + CASE
      WHEN mid.equality_columns IS NOT NULL
	    AND mid.inequality_columns IS NOT NULL THEN ','
      ELSE ''
  + ISNULL(mid.inequality_columns, '')
  + ')'
  + ISNULL(' INCLUDE (' + mid.included_columns + ')', '')
	  AS create_index_statement,
FROM sys.dm_db_missing_index_groups mig
  INNER JOIN sys.dm_db_missing_index_group_stats migs
	ON migs.group_handle = mig.index_group_handle
  INNER JOIN sys.dm_db_missing_index_details mid
	ON mig.index_handle = mid.index_handle
	migs.avg_total_user_cost * (migs.avg_user_impact / 100.0) *
		(migs.user_seeks + migs.user_scans) > 10
	migs.avg_total_user_cost * migs.avg_user_impact *
		(migs.user_seeks + migs.user_scans) DESC

It is important to note, that these are index candidates are only candidates and the improvements are based on estimates. The estimated improvement does not take extra disk space requirements and the maintenance of the indexes during updates, inserts and deletes. Furthermore it does not make recommendation about usage of clustered or non-clustered indexes.

This blog post is inspired by Bart Duncan’s Are you using SQL’s missing index DMVs?

Transferring SQL Server logins

I had to migrate a SQL Server 2008 instance on to new hardware.

I choose to detach the databases and attach the databases on the new SQL Server 2008 instance on the new hardware. This was easy, but the origin SQL Server instance used mixed SQL Server and Windows Authentication Mode. This also meant that I had to migrate SQL Server logins, as the logins where a mix of SQL Server logins and Active Directory domain accounts/groups.

Both the SQL Server logins and domain accounts/groups has an unique SID (Security Identifier), which ties the logins in the SQL Server with the users in the database.

While the domain accounts/groups resides in the Active Directory domain controllers, the SQL Server logins only resides in the SQL Server. This means, moving domain accounts/groups is easy, by just creating the same users in the new SQL Server instance, but SQL Server logins is not. I could either choose to:

  • Recreate the SQL Server logins with new users in each of the databases, as new SQL Server logins will get new SIDs and therefore not be tied to the old database users. This also requires that you know all the passwords – alternative reconfigure all the client applications using SQL Server logins 🙁
  • Transfer the SQL Server logins with SID and password 🙂

How to transfer SQL Server logins? See the KB article: How to transfer the logins and the passwords between instances of SQL Server 2005 and SQL Server 2008. Easy 🙂