How to Optimize SQL Databases with Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio?


The MS SQL Server Management Studio has a couple of functions. It enables you to manage your SQL Database with ease from your computer one of the functions being to optimize SQL databases. It is easy to use the SQL server management student and starts with creating an account and then you can access your database and alter it as you wish. There are a plethora of benefits associated with optimizing SQL databases and thus site owners cannot trivialize this. Read on to know the benefits of optimizing SQL databases and how to do it through MS SQL Server management studio.

Benefits of Optimizing SQL Databases

Benefits of Optimizing SQL DatabasesOptimizing SQL databases through a server management studio is performed by running a query on the database tables. It comes handy for tables that require voluminous Deletes and Updates. Performing this has two main benefits including preventing MySQL from searching through table fragments to enhance loading data in the fragments of the right size. Once the fragments have been removed, the operation will be reduced making the process faster.Re-computing the index statistics assists MySQL Query Optimizer to construct more reliable EXPLAIN plans. If this does not happen, the queries may deteriorate the execution time if the MySQL Query Optimizer gives poor guesses while creating EXPLAIN plans. The above would be a characteristic of a table experiencing voluminous Deletes and Updates.

How Does Optimization Work?

To properly optimize MS SQL Server, you need to know how optimization works. This will have a great positive impact on your decision making.


IndexingCreating an efficient index is one of the best ways of upping the queries performance. If you have a well-constructed index, the query will be not need to scan the whole table unnecessarily to get results. This works so as the SQL Server will automatically measure and even store corresponding statistical information that regards values distribution in the column that is indexed. The stored information is used by the optimizer to get the optimal query evaluation strategy. There two toe index types; clustered and non-clustered. Each of the index has advantages and disadvantages which is determined by the data set.


Indexes should be as narrow as possible to reduce the processing overhead for each query. To analyze and optimize SQL Databases query performance, requires collection and measurement of statistical data. There are a couple of statistical concepts that you need to know including cardinality, density and selectivity.

Optimal Performance

Optimal PerformanceThe SQL Server built-in wizard for tuning index helps the user establish a set of indexes and statistics that are optimal. The wizard is run to give suggestions for increasing query performance. If you have the knowledge on how the SQL Server Query Optimizer functions, you will be able to implement all the recommendations from the wizard which relates to the situation of your SQL database.

Optimize SQL Databases with Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio

This is a simple way to manage your SQL Databases. The process requires you to run a query which may be a challenge for some users but it gets easy when the user gets used to the process. To start the optimization, follow the steps below.

1. After downloading the MS SQL Server management and installed it, create an account. The first step is connecting to the database.
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2. The above process involves logging in to the Studio and selecting your database. You will note your database in the Object Explorer. Right click on the database and select Tasks from the menu. Then select Shrink >> Database.

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3. Click OK on the Shrink Database window to shrink the database.

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4. Depending on the size of the database, the process will take a while to finish. Wait until the process finishes.

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5. After the process is done loading, you will have optimized your SQL database.