Is this Index useful ? August 17, 2007Posted by furrukhbaig in DMV's, dm_db_index_usage_stats, Index tuning, Index usefulness, Indexes, Optimize, Performance, Performance Tuning, SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2005 features, TSQL.
Creating indexes on tables always been a tricky question. Creating a index does not mean that optimizer will use that index to solve queries. SQL Server 2005 introduced a dynamic management view sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats to capture the use of indexes by SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE and DELETE. Thus any index or table which does not exists in this view is overhead to system and not useful.
Following query will return all the indexes and tables which never get used by SQL Server since the service started. The best way to check is to create index and run the data work load or regression test that should make use of all indexes and run following query.see full article on SQL Server Customer Advisory Team (CAT) How can SQL Server 2005 help me evaluate and manage indexesSELECT ObjectName = OBJECT_NAME(ind.object_id), IndexName = ind.name FROM Sys.Indexes ind INNER JOIN Sys.Objects obj ON obj.object_id = ind.object_id WHERE OBJECTPROPERTY(obj.object_id,‘IsUserTable’) = 1 AND NOT EXISTS ( SELECT 1 FROM Sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats usg WHERE usg.object_id = ind.object_id AND usg.index_id = ind.index_id AND ind.index_id = usg.index_id ) ORDER BY ObjectName, IndexName