Question: During a query analysis , the execution plan showed a warning on a Physical Sort operator with the warning message Operator used tempdb to spill data during execution with spill level 1
<SpillToTempDb SpillLevel="1" />
Why is this occurring? How can I fix it?
Answer:The warning appears because SQL Server is granting insufficient memory to complete the operation. Understanding the root cause is the challenge.
For ORDER BY and SORT IN TEMPDB read SQL Server – SORT IN TEMPDB and Sort Warnings
Has the execution plan not granted enough memory?
Is the SQL Server under memory pressure?
Are they large queries?
Fix the problem with Root cause analysis. To progress with fixing the issue , use these suggestions as a starting point.
1) Follow troubleshooting guides for root cause analysis.
2) Interpreting execution plans and troubleshooting skills
3) Good quality t-sql and suitable index strategy
4) Regular index and statistics maintenance
5) Server memory analysis