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1answer
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Is there any difference on performance when choosing DISTINCT or GROUP BY to bring distinct values?

I would like to know if there is any difference concerning performance when choosing DISTINCT or GROUP BY to bring distinct rows from a query. I've tried comparing the execution plans, but they seem ...
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2answers
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Multicolumn statistics on large table yielding poor estimations

I have a rather large table (~200 million rows), and although the statistics are up to date using WITH FULLSCAN, is it possible that my histogram (limited to 200 steps) is simply too broad for the ...
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How to optimise T-SQL query using Execution Plan

I have a SQL query that I have spent the past two days trying to optimise using trial-and-error and the execution plan, but to no avail. Please forgive me for doing this but I will post the entire ...
2
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1answer
107 views

Execution Plan not matching Stored Proc

Below is a stored proc to count the number of widgets made in a month. If no widgets are made, no records will exists. The execution plan shows an INNER JOIN of the M and A tables, where in the ...
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2answers
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Performance on SQL Join

I have a query which takes ages to run mainly due to a join between 2 tables on a PK and FK. The Key is prefixed with 2 letters (which is always the same, RN) followed by 7 digits So RN1234567 for ...
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1answer
573 views

Forcing an index spool

I know its something that should be avoided for performance reasons, but am trying to show a condition where it appears as a demo on how to make sure it does not appear. However, I end up with a ...
3
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1answer
255 views

How are foreign keys resolved when creating tables in batch?

I am creating a database version management tool with the goal of being able to recreate a database from scratch using text/sql files contained in source control. As part of establishing a baseline ...
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1answer
398 views

Query performance and join hints, plan cost, and duration

Having some trouble identifying why a query's duration would decrease when using OPTION (HASH JOIN) or OPTION (MERGE JOIN), although plan cost increases. Background I have a reporting database using ...
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2answers
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Why is query using Clustered Index when it shouldn't?

Let us presume I have a table named Category in a SQL Server 2005 database. Category has category_id (bigint, identity) as its primary key and name (nvarchar(50)). There is obviously a clustered ...