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Indexes and their uses [closed]

Index improve performance in select statement, but what is the difference between this create clustered index ix_index1 on table1(col1) create clustered index ix_index2 on table1(col2) and this ...
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Identity column as clustured index bad idea?

Its just been a few months of programming in SQL Server for me so my knowledge is not good in many regards. In an already existing project at work I came across many tables with large composite ...
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Why does an UPDATE against a table with an INSTEAD OF UPDATE trigger appear to do a clustered index insert, as well as a clustered index update?

I'll start with a very simple example: two tables, both with the same schema, clustered on PK, but one of which has an INSTEAD OF UPDATE trigger: CREATE TABLE Standard ( PK UNIQUEIDENTIFIER ...
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Script to automate converting a clustered index on primary key (with foreign keys to it) column to non clustered?

What's a good way to easily convert a clustered index on a primary key column to a nonclustered index? I know how to do this manually, but it's time consuming if there are several tables which have ...
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Almost sequential GUIDs vs random GUIDs?

I'm looking at using GUIDs (UUID) as primary key with clustered index in SQL Server. In my webb-app I have many clients who will create items client side in javascript and save them only now and ...
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Clustered Index with nightly ETL process

We have a nightly ETL process that involves data from many different sources being flattened, and loaded into a completely denormalized table on SQL Server 2008 for reporting. The clustered index on ...
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Why do Indexed Views not permit non-unique clustered indexes?

I've been looking into using Indexed Views to increase performance on a few of our most commonly used views. However Indexed Views do not support non-unique clustered indexes which goes a little ...
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Which should I use on my DB? - Clustered Index or Non Clustered Index or Both

I just need advice on how I am going to optimize my database. Date ---- Time ---- Area ---- Block ---- Data1 ---- Data2 ---- Data3 ---- DataN I have that format of tables on my database. Each ...
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Clustered index additional storage

Reading some books I found that clustered index not require additional disk space for storing index data, because leaf level of clustered index are data itself. But, as clustered index is organized ...
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Difference between Clustered Index and Unique Clustered Index? [closed]

I got difference between clustered index and unique index here. But what is the exact difference between clustered index and unique-clustered index? AFAIK creating clustered index can be done for a ...
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1answer
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Slow SELECT against clustered index [closed]

I have a table which will hold 10 million rows. I'm seing performance issues when quering it, and wonder if I can somehow improve the schema or query, or if I need to look into sharding. I've used SQL ...
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Indexing a PK GUID in SQL Server 2012

My developers have setup their application to use GUID's as PK for pretty much all of their tables and by default SQL Server has setup the clustered index on these PK's. The system is relatively ...
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Why does removing a RID by creating a clustered index lose parallelism and slow down execution by 2X

If I remove a RID lookup by replacing 2 non-clustered indices (non unique) with 2 identical clustered indicies (non-unique) where there weren't any before, why does this query slow down by a factor ...
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Can a single SQL Server instance issue the same SYSDATETIME twice?

I am contemplating using a datetime2(7) as a clustered index. If I were to always populate that column using SYSDATETIME is it possible for the same instance to issue the same value twice (assuming ...
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How to speed up query on table with millions of rows

The Issue: I'm working on a big table that consists about 37mln rows. Data include measurements of many devices made in certain time e.g. '2013-09-24 10:45:50'. Each day all of those devices are ...
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Does the order of columns in a PK index matter?

I have a few very large tables with the same basic strucure. Each one has a RowNumber (bigint) and DataDate (date) column. Data is loaded using SQLBulkImport every night, and no "new" data is ever ...
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Disk Space Considerations for Rebuilding a large Clustered Primary Key Index

We have a table in our database with over 200 million rows and a Clustered Primary Key Index which is over 100GB. The Primary Key is only so large because many more millions of rows have been archived ...
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Meaning of “nonclustered located on primary”

When I run sp_help (using ALT+F1) for a table, on the indexes, there is a column index_description. and the rows have for example: nonclustered located on PRIMARY (on foreign keys) nonclustered, ...
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SQL Server clustered index high fragmentation

I've got a Table with an Integer (4bytes) as primary key. it's defined as an identity. it is also the clustered index. Inserts are working perfectly fine. After inserting 2000 rows the fragmentation ...
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Why disabling a clustered index makes the table inaccessible?

When an index is disabled, the definition remains in the system catalog but is no longer used. SQL Server does not maintain the index (as data in the table changes), and the index cannot be used to ...
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Speed up large clustered index creation?

I have a large table, the row count of the table is more than 3 billion, the data space for this table is about 120 GB. And Intel Xeon CPU E5645 @2.4GHz(2 processors), 24 CPUs, 64G memory, 64bit ...
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Clustered vs Nonclustered Index

My database currently has a primary Key/Clustered index on the ID column for each table. However, the application that connects to the database is always looking at views defined as: SELECT * FROM ...
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1answer
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Locating row in index page

In clustered index, we have root, intermediate and leaf level pages. Every page has few records where indicating range of pages from level below. How SQL check whether some index key belong to ...
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What are valid usage scenarios for HEAP tables?

I am currently doing some data imports into a legacy system and discovered that this system does not use a single clustered index. A quick Google search introduced me to the concept of HEAP tables and ...
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Adding a Clustered index to a HEAP table on someone else's app

We're using a proprietary application based on SQL Server 2005, which has many HEAP based tables (that is, no Clustered index). Over the years, these tables have grown badly fragmented (e.g. 99% ...
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1answer
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Index with multiple leaf levels

I have a three-column (int, smallint, smallint) composite clustered index with three leaf levels. My question is how and when does SQL Server create multiple leaf levels (index_level 0) for the same ...
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1answer
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What factors go into an Indexed View's Clustered Index being selected?

Breifly What factors go into they query optimizer's selection of an indexed view's index? For me, indexed views seem to defy what I understand about how the Optimizer picks indexes. I've seen this ...
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How do I automate converting heaps into clustered indexes?

I have around 40 tables in one of our production databases that, for varying reasons, where not created with a clustered index. What is the best automated method for converting these heaps? Since ...
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Finding exact row in Clustered index leaf page

When traversing through Clustered index in Sql Server, the engine will start from Root page and traverse over non leaf nodes until it reaches leaf level page (data page). Every data page has row ...
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1answer
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Aren't two writes required to update a clustered index record

I was reading the article on indexes at simple-talk, where it is written that If a heap has a non-clustered index on it (as the primary key), and data is inserted into the table, two writes have ...
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Need for reaching data through clustered index with a non-clustered index

I have found that when a table has both clustered and non-clustered indexes (on different columns), the leaf level non-clustered pages, instead of pointing to the data row, point to the node of the ...
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Why are runtimes different for a table including a primary key versus a table with a clustered unique index added after population [closed]

When I create a temporary table with a PK defined from the outset like this I get great performance in subsequent joins on that key: create table #temp ( field1 int not null field2 int ...
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Should a table have a clustered index even if it doesn't have appropriate fields for it?

If you have a table without a good candidate field or fields for a clustered index (stable, sequential), is it better to have a clustered index on a bad field or is it better to make all table indices ...
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Storage order vs Result order

This is a spin-off question from Sort order specified in primary key, yet sorting is executed on SELECT. @Catcall says this on the subject of storage order (clustered index) and the output order ...
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Why index REBUILD does not reduce index fragmentatation?

I have used ALTER INDEX REBUILD to remove index fragmentation. In some cases REBUILD does not seem to remove this fragmentation. What are the reasons why REBUILD does not remove fragmentation? It ...
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1answer
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After dropping the clustered index, it is still attempting to do a clustered insert [closed]

I am trying to convert data from one database system to another. One of the tables I need to transfer and format contains over 10 million rows. I am running the following script to do it: USE ...
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1answer
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Clustered Index Update on Nonclustered Columns

Using: SQL Server 2008 R2 I am currently stepping through a query execution plan, and have come across an instance of a clustered index update on a table. The issue here is that the columns that are ...
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Clustered index always better than Non-Clustered index?

When I have a clustered index on 'A', is it better to use this clustered index even if I have selection of 'A=constant'? If not, why? Thank you!
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should we replace some non-clustered indexes with clustered indexes

We have some data saved for reporting each of our tables currently has a unique id column that has an auto generated clustered index on the pk and a non-clustered index for the fk. I am thinking that ...
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Does ORDER BY on a clustered key effect performance?

Say I have a table clustered on PrimaryKey, and in all cases I want my results to be ordered by PrimaryKey so I additionally always ORDER BY PrimaryKey in all queries. Does this ORDER BY affect ...
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Composite or Single-Field Clustering Key

My DBA and I are having a disagreement on index structure. Consider data for a medical claim... We have the Header table with fields like: ClaimId (varchar(50)), PaidAmount, MemberID... and for ...
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Is the concept of a clustered index in a DB design sensical when using SSDs?

When designing a SQL server data schema and the subsequent queries, sprocs, views, etc. does the notion of a clustered index and order of data on disk make any sense to consider for DB designs made ...
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Efficient INSERT INTO a Table With Clustered Index

I have a SQL statement that inserts rows into a table with a clustered index on the column TRACKING_NUMBER. E.G.: INSERT INTO TABL_NAME (TRACKING_NUMBER, COLB, COLC) SELECT TRACKING_NUMBER, COL_B, ...
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Why do sequential GUID keys perform faster than sequential INT keys in my test case?

After asking this question comparing sequential and non-sequential GUIDs, I tried to compare the INSERT performance on 1) a table with a GUID primary key initialized sequentially with ...
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Is 'Avoid creating a clustered index based on an incrementing key' a myth from SQL Server 2000 days?

Our databases consist of lots of tables, most of them using an integer surrogate key as a primary key. About half of these primary keys are on identity columns. The database development started in ...
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Performance of Non Clustered Indexes on Heaps vs Clustered Indexes

This 2007 White Paper compares the performance for individual select/insert/delete/update and range select statements on a table organized as a clustered index vs that on a table organized as a heap ...
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What is a Clustered Index?

I need a short explaining of clustered index. What is a clustered index? What are best practices for using the clustered index?
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SQL Server - How are data pages stored when using a clustered index

I recently heard that the data pages in a clustered index aren't stored contiguously. Is this true? Perhaps data pages are normally stored contiguously with some exceptions to the rule? Or perhaps I ...