Please kindly assist how can we properly set indexes for a date and time column data type?

CREATE  INDEX [dtstart] ON [dbo].[testtable]([DTStart]) WITH  FILLFACTOR = 90 ON [PRIMARY]

is this fill factor correct? what other parameters are needed to set an index properly? clustered? unique?

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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
read this article
and then put the proper fillfactor, If you dont' have the proper idea go for fillfactor of 70

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Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
Your query will create a Non Clustured index
Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
In order to create a unique index
CREATE UNIQUE INDEX [dtstart] ON [dbo].[testtable]([DTStart]) WITH  FILLFACTOR = 90 ON [PRIMARY]
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DexterJonesAuthor Commented:

nice blog site, thanks!
Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
DexterJonesAuthor Commented:
how do i know if the new data beign appended adds to the end of the row?

Remember, if your clustering key ever increasing and the new data coming is “appended” to the end of the table – both logically and by clustering key definition – then you only need the fillfactor setting on the nonclustered indexes.

Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
Data will be stored in  the same order of a CI.
create a clustured index on an identity column and insert the vaues, then u can c the data will be appending to the end

for example
create table testTable ( i int Identity(1,1), j int)
insert into testTable SELECT '1'
insert into testTable SELECT '2'
insert into testTable SELECT '3'

SELECT * from testTable

insert into testTable SELECT '14'

SELECT * from TestTable

now u can c that the data has been appending, since we have created an index on an incrementing column
DexterJonesAuthor Commented:

what if the incremental column doesn't have index set? is this where it scatters the data everywhere?

I have an identity column but it's not index and a datetime column with is set to non clustered index.

Aneesh RetnakaranDatabase AdministratorCommented:
Sorry I forgot to put the Primary key
create table testTable ( i int Identity(1,1) primary key, j int)
Now the coluumn i  will have a clustured index (  by default ).

I will give you another example

create table testTable1 ( i int , j int)
create table testTable2 ( i int primary key  , j int)

insert into testTable1 SELECT '2', '1'
insert into testTable1 SELECT '5','2'
insert into testTable1  SELECT '1', '3'
SELECT * from testTable1  

insert into testTable2 SELECT '2', '1'
insert into testTable2 SELECT '5','2'
insert into testTable2  SELECT '1', '3'
SELECT * from testTable2

now you can c the difference of both these outputs

For the first statement, the output will be scattered and for the second it will be sorted

i.e. for every insert statement, sql server will search for an appropriate place to put the data.
So if you have an identity column as i shown in my previous post where the next place to be inserted will be always at the end of table.
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