Question - How do you reorder all indexes in a database?

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Reorganize all indexes in a table In Object Explorer, Expand the database that contains the table on which you want to reorganize an index. Expand the Tables folder. Expand the table on which you want to reorganize the indexes. Right-click the Indexes folder and select Reorganize All. Rebuild an Index Right click on an index and go to Properties. Select Fragmentation from the Select a page window. Click out of that window and right click on your index again. Click Okay and the window and your Index will be rebuilt. Rebuild All Indexes in a Table. Then click okay. Or you can use the follow SQL Code. External fragmentation is when database logical and physical pages are order differently. An index rebuild simply drops and recreates the index which means that index rebuild will solve both the internal and external fragmentation. An index reorganize only solves external fragmentation by moving pages around. The order of columns is critical. Now which order is correct it depends on how you are going to query it. An index can be used to do an exact seek or an range scan. SQL Server can use an index for a range scan only if the leftmost column is specified, and then only if the next leftmost column is specified, and so on. Yes, index will help you, when using ORDER BY. Because INDEX is a sorted data structure, so the request will be executed faster. Look at this example: table test2 with 3 rows. I used LIMIT after order by to show the difference in execution.

REINDEX rebuilds an index using the data stored in the index's table, replacing the old copy of the index. There are several scenarios in which to use REINDEX: An index has become corrupted, and no longer contains valid data. Such indexes are useless but it can be convenient to use REINDEX to rebuild them.

Index Fragmentation Can Hinder Performance As you insert data into a table, if the data is under the SQL Server's data page size, then SQL Server will allocate one page to store that data. As SQL Server scans the index, it needs to do 20% more work by processing 1, 200 pages instead of the original 1, 000.

As you start to do inserts, index performance will actually improve for a time as the free-space pages are used, and then start to deteriorate as index fragmentation begins. Eventually the fragmentation in your index will be worse than it was after you completed your index rebuild, and performance can only get worse.

Reindexing tables is an important part of good database housekeeping, because it reorganizes the indexes and restores speedy access. Microsoft's SQL Server has a handy command that rebuilds all indexes in a table. Oracle users typically rebuild each index in a table individually.

An index is an on-disk structure associated with a table or view that speeds retrieval of rows from the table or view. These keys are stored in a structure (B-tree) that enables SQL Server to find the row or rows associated with the key values quickly and efficiently.

As @Chris noted, indexes are not rebuilt automatically in any SQL Server version. Proper index maintenance is often missing at sites with no dedicated DBA role, and often when databases are simply moved from development into production (along with Transaction Log maintenance).

Fragmentation happens when the logical order of pages in an index does not match the physical order in the data file. Because fragmentation can affect the performance of some queries, you need to monitor the fragmentation level of your indexes and, if required, perform re-organize or rebuild operations on them.

Index should be rebuild when index fragmentation is great than 40%. Index should be reorganized when index fragmentation is between 10% to 40%. Index rebuilding process uses more CPU and it locks the database resources.

Does the order of columns in a PK index matter? Yes it does. By default, the primary key constraint is enforced in SQL Server by a unique clustered index. The clustered index defines the logical order of rows in the table.

A composite index is an index on two or more columns of a table. Its basic syntax is as follows. Whether to create a single-column index or a composite index, take into consideration the column(s) that you may use very frequently in a query's WHERE clause as filter conditions.

Nonclustered index contains only data from indexed column(s), and a row_id pointer to where the rest of data is. Therefore this particular nonclustered index is lighter and less reading is required to scan/seek through it and this particular query will work faster. T1's clustered index is around 1. 6 GB in size.

Introduction to SQL Server non-clustered indexes A nonclustered index is a data structure that improves the speed of data retrieval from tables. Unlike a clustered index, a nonclustered index sorts and stores data separately from the data rows in the table. These row pointers are also known as row locators.

SQL Server allows only one clustered index per table because a clustered index reorders the table, arranging the data according to the index key. You can't use a clustered index, but you can create an unclustered index on multiple columns and gain a nice performance increase.

Introduction to MySQL composite index A composite index is also known as a multiple-column index. The query optimizer uses the composite indexes for queries that test all columns in the index, or queries that test the first columns, the first two columns, and so on.