Few days ago, I wrote about SQL SERVER – Out of the Box – Activity and Performance Reports from SSSMS (Link). A user asked me a question regarding if we can use similar reports to get the detail about Indexes. Yes, it is possible to do the same. There are similar type of reports are available at Database level, just like those available at the Server Instance level. You can right click on Database name and click Reports. Under Standard Reports, you will find following reports.
- Disk Usage
- Disk Usage by Top Tables
- Disk Usage by Table
- Disk Usage by Partition
- Backup and Restore Events
- All Transactions
- All Blocking Transactions
- Top Transactions by Age
- Top Transactions by Blocked Transactions Count
- Top Transactions by Locks Count
- Resource Locking Statistics by Objects
- Object Execute Statistics
- Database Consistency history
- Index Usage Statistics
- Index Physical Statistics
- Schema Change history
- User Statistics
Select the Reports with name Index Physical Statistics. Once click, a report containing all the index names along with other information related to index will be visible, e.g. Index Type and number of partitions.
One column that caught my interest was Operation Recommended. In some place, it suggested that index needs to be rebuilt. It is also possible to click and expand the column of partitions and see additional details about index as well. DBA and Developers who just want to have idea about how your index is and its physical statistics can use this tool.
Note: Please note that I will rebuild my indexes just because this report is recommending it. There are many other parameters you need to consider before rebuilding indexes.
However, this tool gives you the accurate stats of your index and it can be right away exported to Excel or PDF writing by clicking on the report.
Update: As Per Paul Randal this is un-killable and lots of IO, be careful about using it.
Reference : Pinal Dave (http://blog.SQLAuthority.com)