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Tuning the Physical Database Design

The performance of enterprise database systems depends on an effective configuration of physical design structures in the databases that compose those systems. These physical design structures include indexes, clustered indexes, indexed views, and partitions, whose purpose is to enhance performance and manageability of databases. Microsoft SQL Server 2005 provides Database Engine Tuning Advisor, a tool that analyzes the performance effects of workloads (a set of Transact-SQL statements that executes against databases you want to tune) on one or more databases.

This section introduces Database Engine Tuning Advisor, describes how you can use it, and provides troubleshooting information.

In This Section

Topic Description

Database Engine Tuning Advisor Overview

Contains information about tool features and benefits.

Using Database Engine Tuning Advisor

Contains information about using this tool.

Troubleshooting Database Engine Tuning Advisor

Contains information about tuning logs and error messages that you can use for troubleshooting.

See Also

Other Resources

Database Engine Tuning Advisor Tutorial
Database Engine Tuning Advisor How-to Topics
Database Engine Tuning Advisor Reference
dta Utility

Help and Information

Getting SQL Server 2005 Assistance