How do we load test the database? For example, if you have a new Web site application and along the way it will have 5,000 records, what database load testing applications are available to tweak the database server?

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As a primer, I would recommend the following tips:

SQL Server performance-tuning worst practices

Checklist: Load testing -- the magic bullet for SQL Server performance tuning

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This was first published in August 2005

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