Missing Index Hints

One new feature in SQL Server Management Studio 2008 is Missing Index Hints when displaying the execution plan of a query. You can use the Missing Index Hints feature to help identify columns on which adding an index might help the query execute faster and more efficiently. Missing Index Hints is a lightweight, server-side, always-on feature using dynamic management objects and execution plans to provide information about missing indexes that could enhance query performance.

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The Missing Index Hints feature is separate from the Database Engine Tuning Advisor available in SQL Server 2008. The Database Engine Tuning Advisor is a more comprehensive tool that assesses the physical database design and recommends new physical ...

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