Thursday, June 14, 2012

SQL Server-Tuning

Recently I ran into an issue with a SSIS package. One of the Exceute Sql task was insert records into a table from a view on a sql server database. In the last few days the package started failing frequently and it was on the execute sql task inserting records, the error reported in the job logs was a network error. I started examining the source view and looked at the select statement of the view. I noticed somethings write way: The view was using other views, each view in turn were referencing 4-5 base tables,also there was one view which was used repeatedly in the joins. When i ran the Select statement from the view it took over 20 mins to bring the data back. I knew that nested views could be causing the slowdown, analysed the join and indexes. I took the view which was used again and again the joins, converted them into a CTE of its own. Once the CTE was created the data was inserted into a temp table. Once this was completed, the remainder of the view was converted into another CTE. Then i combined the temp table created earlier with the CTE and ran the query. The data was retrieved in less than 2 minutes which was a huge performance gain from earlier. One of the takeaways from this exercise was that when using a VIEW as a source, the underlying SQL of the view needs to be examined. In case there is nesting of views, there could be a different way to model the data that is needed. To summarize this was a very interesting exercise of performance tuning.

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