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MSSQL 2000 performance dropping ('Timeout expired')

Posted on 2006-06-26
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Hi.

I have a weird problem with MSSQL 2000. We moved to MSSQL from Sybase. Everything worked fine for about 3 weeks and then it started. The queries took longer and longer to execute until I started to receive 'Timeout expired'. I already reindexed the DB, checked for invalid columns (first I thought that something got mixed up during the conversion), but nothing helped. Then I restarded the entire server and that helped. But the problem returned in about 3 days. I found out, that after restarting the DB service, the problem disapears for 2-3 days, then it returns. I start receiving timeouts (set for 30s) on queries that should take only miliseconds to execute!

Any ideas on this one???
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by:MikeWalsh
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have you looked for any blocking? SP_WHO2 do you see any processes being blocked? Have you looked at your performance counters like CPU usage/network utilization/IO/Memory/etc
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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2 issues possible:
* the statistics are not up-to-date on the tables/indexes, ie disabled for auto-refreshing
  -> enable auto-update statistics for the database
* the transaction log file of the database has grown huge
  -> either
          => implement regular full and transaction log backups (db in full recovery mode)
          => or change the db into simple recovery mode
  -> and shrink the database log file back to "normal" size
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by:BlueAlien
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To MikeWalsh:
I don't think anything is blocked, but I'll check. The CPU performance is about 50-60% on 4 CPUs during heavy duty queries. How to check for network utilization?

To angelIII:
The transaction log is shrinked, however I didn't checked the statics. Is it posible to enable the auto update statistic for the entire DB or I must do that for every table?

The thing is, that the program executes i.e. 3000 queries with no problem, than something happens and they get executed 3-4 times slower.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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>Is it posible to enable the auto update statistic for the entire DB
it's basically a db setting, but it can be overridden at table level
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by:BlueAlien
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I checked those statistics and they are ON (I used the sp_autostats command).
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Try Using Sql Profiler to grab all the queries taking long time and then apply them in Index Tuning Wizard to look for index Recommendation.

For Profiler
In Enterprise Manager --> Tools --> Sql Profiler.
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by:BlueAlien
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I tunned up the queries with the profiler (a very handy tool), but that isn't the problem. Now the app runs faster, but it still slows down after a while.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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does the sql server max memory setting allow all the memory to be used?
if that is the case, reduce that setting to <PHYSICAL RAM> - 300/400MB (depends on how many other applications run on the server box)
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Give the specification of your server. Can You?
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by:BlueAlien
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It's a:
2x 3.2 Xeon CPU
2GB RAM
2x 30 Ultra320 HDD

and it's only for the DB server
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by:imran_fast
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What is the size of you database?
and how many concurrent user using the system.
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by:BlueAlien
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The DB file has about 1GB, the log file was shrinked. There are about 6-7 concurrent users.
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Thanks for your effort.
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