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SQL Server: Using SQL Sentry Plan Explorer

by Jonathan Kehayias

Learn how to make the most out of the Free and Pro Editions of the popular SQL Sentry Plan Explorer tool, applicable to anyone responsible for SQL Server performance tuning and query plan analysis, with any level of SQL Server experience

What you'll learn

Query plan analysis is both a science and an art, and the best tool for the job is SQL Sentry Plan Explorer. In this demo-heavy course, you'll learn how to make the most of the Free and Pro Editions of the tool to make query plan analysis and performance tuning much easier and more intuitive than using SQL Server Management Studio. The course starts by comparing the Management Studio with Plan Explorer, demonstrating how Plan Explorer solves the problems and shortcomings that Management Studio has. The course then describes and demonstrates all the features of both Editions of Plan Explorer, showing how to use them to best effect using practical examples. This course is perfect for anyone who is responsible for query tuning and query plan analysis, from SQL Server 2005 onward.

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About the author

Jonathan Kehayias is a Principal Consultant with SQLskills. He is the youngest person ever to achieve the Microsoft Certified Master - SQL Server 2008 certification and has been a SQL Server MVP for many years. Jonathan is heavily involved in the SQL community; including being the top answerer on the MSDN Database Engine forum, writing deep technical content on his blog (plus his old blog, and answering questions as @SQLPoolBoy on Twitter. Jonathan is a performance tuning expert, both SQL Se... more

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