We've all had to start somewhere in our current career path. My own adventure started what feels like eons ago when I became an accidental DBA overnight and I had absolutely zero clue on how to performance tune our SQL Servers. I was stuck and wasn't quite sure where to turn. Things had to perform better but no idea where to start. Does this sound familiar? Ringing any bells? If so, this session is for you! We'll start at the ground floor and talk about the basics of how-to performance tune your SQL servers so that they run at peak performance! We'll look at configuration settings, database options, trace flags, query tuning and a few tools that can help you squeeze every ounce of performance out of SQL Server! By the end of this session, you'll walk away with a good solid understanding of how to start performance tuning. You will take away some scripts and tool suggestions that will enable you to hit the ground running back at the office!