Sql Server Find & remove duplicate indexes

I am using SQL Server 2008 and have a database with more than 150 tables that have duplicate indexes.

I found some sql scripts which will list the duplicate indexes, but I'm not sure if I should trust them. Supposedly, they are saying that I have over 400 duplicate indexes; I'm not sure if that is correct, and therefore don't want to use them to automatically remove dupes.

How can I definitively locate duplicate indexes and remove them?
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asked Nov 28, 2011 at 03:47 AM in Default

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There are lots of resources available about indexing strategies.

I would suggest reading Gail Shaw's series on this at http://sqlinthewild.co.za/index.php/2011/11/11/sql-university-advanced-indexing-indexing-strategies/, where she also has a link to Kimberly L. Tripp's duplicate indexes post http://www.sqlskills.com/BLOGS/KIMBERLY/post/UnderstandingDuplicateIndexes.aspx

I wouldn't be automatically deleting duplicate indexes, without first fully understanding if the indexes are truly duplicate.
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answered Nov 28, 2011 at 03:58 AM

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You can create your own script to do this and you will learn a lot about indexes in SQL Server if you do. However there are already scripts that do this, and more. I use the code created by Jason Strate (MVP). a lot. I'd recommend his blog series on indexing where he takes you through te development of his script and how it came about. http://www.jasonstrate.com/2009/04/analyze-this-your-indexes-analysis-part-1/. If you want to write your own after you have seen this then you should have all the information you need to get started from that blog.
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answered Nov 28, 2011 at 03:57 AM

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