These are some of the things that are in my SQL Toolbox (in no particular order). Most are free and some are available for a small fee:
- SQL Server First Aid Kit by Brent Ozar
- this includes sp_Blitz, sp_BlitzIndex, sp_BlitzCache (my personal favorite)
- DMV Diagnostic Queries by Glenn Berry
- support for 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2019 and SQL Database in Azure
- SQL DiagCmd by Mitch Wheat
- quick down and dirty tool that uses Glenn Berry’s DMV Queries and automatically exports to spreadsheets.
- Idera Free Tools — ok, technically this isn’t just one tool; but I have never been disappointed by any of their tools.
- SQL Sentry Plan Explorer — this is a tool I am quickly learning how to use! fantastic way to look at query plans!