Finding Ad Hoc Queries with Query Hash

I was presenting a session on how to read execution plans when I received a question: Do you have a specific example of how you can use the query hash to identify similar query plans. I do, but I couldn’t show it right then, so the person asking requested this blog post. If you’re dealing […]

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Saving Execution Plans on Azure SQL Database

In my previous post showing how to get to execution plans in the Database Management Portal, I showed that it’s pretty easy to put a query in a query window and get the execution plan. This allows you to understand query behavior in order to tune your T-SQL or your data structures, all through the […]

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Querying Information from the Plan Cache, Simplified

One of the great things about the Dynamic Management Objects (DMOs) that expose the information in plan cache is that, by their very nature, they can be queried. The plans exposed are in XML format, so you can run XQuery against them to pull out interesting information. For example, what if you wanted to see […]

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Execution Plan for a User Defined Function

When you execute a multi-statement user-defined function you may see an execution plan that looks something like this: It appears as if the cost of the UDF is free. This is especially true if you use the UDF in a query with other objects, such as joining it to actual tables. Since the optimizer always […]

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Oh ****!

Did you ever accidentally close SQL Server Management Studio? And, in closing SSMS, did you get the prompt that says “Save changes to the following items?” And did you, completely unthinkingly, with a query you had just been working on, hit Cancel? Yeah, me neither. What kind of idiot does that…. OK. I confess. I […]

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SQL Azure Query Tuning

SQL Azure is still SQL Server at the end of the day. This means it is entirely possible to write queries against SQL Azure that really… what’s a good word… stink. So what do you do? It’s all in the cloud. You couldn’t possibly tune the queries, right? Wrong. Many of the same tools that […]

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SQL University: Index Usage

Greetings. Welcome once more to the Miskatonic University branch of SQL University. Does anyone know where to buy some camping equipment, cheap? I’ve been tagged to go an expedition to Antarctica and I need some cold weather gear a bit more substantial than my LL Bean boots. Evidently the last expedition found some caves in […]

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Encryption and the Performance DMOs

Ever wonder what you can see in the performance oriented DMOs when stored procedures were encrypted? Me neither. But, I did get that question during my DMO presentation at the PASS Summit. I did not have an answer. I did get an answer from Johan Bijnens (twitter) from the audience, which I repeated without entirely […]

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How to Tell if Execution Plans are Reused

I try to watch the search phrases that point people to the blog because sometimes, you get a sense of what problems people are running into. The latest question or phrase I’ve seen a lot lately is along the lines of “how do you know if an execution plan is being reused.” Since compiling an execution […]

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Undocumented Virtual Column: %%lockres%

One of my development teams needed a mechanism for identifying the value of a key that was part of a lock (don’t ask). I’d never tried doing that before. Obviously if you hit the DMV sys.dm_tran_locks you can see the hash of the key in the resource_description column. But how to pull the value back. After some […]

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