Solving the problem of index fragmentation
Fragmentation takes place when indexes have pages, where the logical ordering inside the index,
which is based on its key value, differs from the physical ordering inside the pages of the index.
This happens when the database engine modifies indexes when insert, update, and delete operations
are performed on the underlying data. These modifications take place automatically
and cause fragmentation over time, as the information in the indexes becomes more
scattered in the database.
As a result of continuous fragmentation, with extra I/O required to locate the data
that the index points to, query performance deteriorates.
This is where our solution comes into play.
Index Manager for SQL Server
In order to solve this problem, it is necessary to start with analyzing the index and
evaluating the degree of its fragmentation. Your best assistant here is our Index Manager,
seamlessly integrated with
dbForge Studio for SQL Server.
In order to begin, proceed to Manage Index Fragmentation either from the Database menu
or from the required database instance.
After the required and database are selected, you can proceed to Options and quickly set up
fragmentation thresholds, minimum index size, and index rebuild options.
dbForge Studio for SQL Server provides you with tools to fix indexes visually as well as
by means of generating T-SQL scripts. You can either script changes immediately or
save your scripts for future use.
Exporting scan results to a CSV file
After each scan, you can save the results as a CSV file, which can be used
for further analysis of index fragmentation or for reporting purposes.
Analyzing SQL indexes via the Command Line
The Command Line offers a number of actions that you can run, making index fragmentation
management even more flexible.
- Use CLI to generate PowerShell automation scripts
- Save your scripts in command-line execution files (.bat) to either schedule their execution via Windows Scheduler or simply run them whenever you need
- Configure your preferred settings and save them for future use
Download your free 30-day trial of dbForge Studio for SQL Server to see its capabilities for yourself.
All of its features, including Index Manager, were created to make work easy and enjoyable for you.