This article demonstrates the physical design of a multi-column non-clustered index with include-columns. Many examples on the internet only demonstrate the most simple version of an index with a single column. This article gives a proper view of an index with multiple columns through a simple example. Furthermore, you can see how the include-columns are stored, only at the leaf level of the tree.
Here we use a simple table ‘People’ with 6 columns (ID, First Name, Last Name, Age, Sex, Address). We assume we already have a clustered index created on the ID column (it will be almost no difference if there is no clustered index as well, explained at the end). Now we are going to create the non-clustered index as defined below.
CREATE NONCLUSTERED INDEX IX_NAME ON People (FirstName, LastName) INCLUDE (Age, Sex) GO
Below diagram shows the structure of this non-clustered index.Read More