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SQLSentry does it Again – Plan Explorer is Completely Free


Many of us have used the free version of Plan Explorer from SQLSentry for a long time to help tune and explore query plans in a way that SSMS can only dream of. Unlike most free tools this one still had plenty of useful features that served the community well. The Pro version did however contain a bunch of great features that many users wanted but sometimes couldn’t get the internal approval to purchase a license. Today that all changes as SQLSentry announced that there is now only one SKU which includes ALL the features from both of the original SKU’s and it is completely free.  This also includes the two new features for Performance Profiling and Index Analysis. I honestly don’t get paid a penny to say any of this stuff I simply believe 110% in their products. I have been telling people about Plan explorer for a long time because I know how much more efficient a DBA / Developers life can be using it over SSMS related to plan tuning and analysis. I use it daily and I guarantee that you will agree once you have tried it.  There is no need to register and you don’t even have to give your email which is something else most tool vendors insist on and discourages some people from even trying their tool. Here is a link to Greg’s blog post which goes into even more details about this fantastic news and opportunity for all of us.

Plan Explorer is now Free

You can also attend a free query tuning seminar with Aaron Bertrand on Friday September 9th between 11:00AM and noon eastern time where he will show you how to use the new tool more effectively.

Free Seminar on Query Tuning

Does it get any better than this? A free tool that will make your SQL Server life more efficient and enjoyable and free training as well.  Do yourself a favor and take advantage of this opportunity and I promise you won’t regret it.


Published Thursday, September 8, 2016 10:58 AM by Andrew Kelly

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Arjan van Buijtene said:

I paid for it, but do not regret it.

Already paid me back with result many times over!

September 8, 2016 10:18 AM

Chris Wood said:

Already a great product even before it became free. Time to explore the latest version.

September 8, 2016 11:12 AM

Pat Phelan said:

I bought SQL Plan Explorer Pro years ago, and have gotten my money's worth many times over. SQL Sentry has made a great gift to the SQL Server community!

September 8, 2016 11:17 AM

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