Query plan analysis is both a science and an art, and the best tool for the job is SQL Sentry Plan Explorer. In this demo-heavy course, you'll learn how to make the most of the Free and Pro Editions of the tool to make query plan analysis and performance tuning much easier and more intuitive than using SQL Server Management Studio. The course starts by comparing the Management Studio with Plan Explorer, demonstrating how Plan Explorer solves the problems and shortcomings that Management Studio has. The course then describes and demonstrates all the features of both Editions of Plan Explorer, showing how to use them to best effect using practical examples. This course is perfect for anyone who is responsible for query tuning and query plan analysis, from SQL Server 2005 onward.