10774: Forwarded Record Count and avg_fragmentation_in_percent

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What is the relationship or difference between the Forwarded Record Count and avg_fragmentation_in_percent. Since in both cases should make REBUILD
enrique_aeoAsked:
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Forwarded Records usually happens when the table doesn't has a clustered index, so the first option is to create a clustered index and only if isn't possible then you should go for a REBUILD.

avg_fragmentation_in_percent it's the index fragmentation level and depending on the value of this columns the recommended actions are:
If avg_fragmentation_in_percent > 5% and < 30%, then use ALTER INDEX REORGANIZE
If avg_fragmentation_in_percent > 30%, then use ALTER INDEX REBUILD
enrique_aeoAuthor Commented:
The "Forwarded Record Count" could cause fragmentation? or is an entirely different problem?
Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
Yes, it can cause and that's why a REBUILD can solve the problem but only with a clustered index you'll be sure that the problem won't appear again in a near future.

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