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Analyze and optimize SQL query execution plans
Identify query performance issues and deadlocks
Understand query performance characteristics
Analyze query waits & review query execution plans
Customize graphical query execution plan view
See the actual relative cost of each plan operator
Analyze query live performance statistics
Compare estimated and actual query execution plans
Profile stored procedure performance
Generate lazy profiling reports


Query execution plan

Create full execution plan diagrams that can be resized, rescaled and otherwise manipulated. Configure sub-elements like nodes and connectors

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Customized operation properties

Manage property details for each operation in an execution plan, which can be included/excluded via tooltips

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Customized data flow properties

Manage details for each data flow in an execution plan, and review them directly in the tooltip

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Missing index details

Determine missing indexes and create queries for (re)creating them from the tooltip in the execution plan section

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Live execution plan

Monitor the query execution in real-time and observe the data flow during execution

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Execution plan comparison

Compare execution plans before and after the query optimization

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Customization panel

Customize execution plan diagram layout by zooming, stretching, flattening, setting layout modes and link styles and rotating

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Wait times

Analyze waits for executed queries, with a collection of all wait statistics, with correct wait and signal time

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Query columns

Review all query parameters and their respective values

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Query parameters

Review all query parameters and their values

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Show simplified and expanded operations, that are used in the query

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XML view

Display execution plans in XML format

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Execution plan history comparison

Display the history of different versions of query executions for current application tab. Select records to choose which version of the actual or live execution plan needs to be compared, and include memos within a particular version of the query

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Query performance

Get the slowest queries recently executed, by defined criteria, including all key details

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Open Query Store

Get and review query execution data collected from the Query Store on SQL Server versions 2008 and higher. Learn more

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Query Store dashboard

Quickly review top queries based on average duration, execution count, executed rows etc. Easily drill down to review query details and export desired diagrams. Learn more

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Join graph

Graphically display relationships between database tables involved in the execution plan

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Deadlock analysis

Analyze deadlock diagrams to identify the cause

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Stored procedure analysis

Analyze stored procedure profiling information and review parameter summary, details and history

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Lazy profiling

Generate lazy profiling reports of selected stored procedures

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I/O reads

Review the number of logical reads including LOB, physical reads (including read-ahead and LOB), and how many times a database table was scanned

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Visual themes

Customize the visual appearance with interface themes. Learn more

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