Throughout this book, I’ve discussed what indexes are, what they do, patterns for building them, and many other aspects for determining how a SQL Server database should be indexed. All of that information is necessary for the final piece in indexing your databases, analyzing your databases to determine which indexes are required. For this, this chapter and the two following will pull together the information you need to implement an indexing methodology.
To start, in this chapter, I’ll discuss a general practice that can be used for monitoring indexes. You’ll look at the steps you can take to observe the behavior ...