You can improve your SQL performance by using indexes. But you have to choose the proper indexes and make sure the ones you do choose fit into your business situation. In this indexing guide, you will find answers to common indexing questions, indexing dos and don'ts, and tricks for working with the Index Tuning Wizard to improve overall system performance for SQL Server 2000 servers. This is particularly useful for servers that need a boost before they are upgraded to SQL Server 2005.
This was first published in February 2006