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Recommendation Element (DTA)

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

Contains information about the hypothetical indexes that are part of a user-specified configuration.

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Data type and length


Default value



Optional. Can use once for each Table element.



Parent element

Table Element for Schema (DTA)

Child elements

Create Element (DTA)

Drop element. For more information, see the Database Engine Tuning Advisor XML schema.

This element is of the RecommendationType complexType name in the Database Engine Tuning Advisor XML schema. It is used to specify indexes for a hypothetical configuration. Do not confuse this Recommendation element with the other types that can be used to specify partitioning (RecommendationPType) or views (RecommendationViewType). For information about these other Recommendation element types, see the Database Engine Tuning Advisor XML schema.

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