Server Performance and Activity Monitoring
Applies to: SQL Server (all supported versions)
The goal of monitoring databases is to assess how a server is performing. Effective monitoring involves taking periodic snapshots of current performance to isolate processes that are causing problems, and gathering data continuously over time to track performance trends. Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft Windows operating system provide utilities that let you view the current condition of the database and to track performance as conditions change.
The following section contains topics that describe how to use SQL Server and Windows performance and activity monitoring tools. It contains the following topics:
To perform monitoring tasks with Windows tools
To create SQL Server database alerts with Windows tools
To perform monitoring tasks with Extended Events
To perform monitoring tasks with SQL Server Management Studio
To perform monitoring tasks with SQL Trace and SQL Server Profiler
The next sections describe methods of using SQL Trace and SQL Server Profiler.
SQL Trace and SQL Server Profiler are deprecated. The Microsoft.SqlServer.Management.Trace namespace that contains the Microsoft SQL Server Trace and Replay objects are also deprecated.
This feature will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. Avoid using this feature in new development work, and plan to modify applications that currently use this feature.
SQL Server Profiler for Analysis Services workloads is NOT deprecated, and will continue to be supported.
To perform monitoring tasks with SQL Trace by using Transact-SQL stored procedures
To create and modify traces by using SQL Server Profiler
To start, pause, and stop traces by using SQL Server Profiler
To open traces and configure how traces are displayed by using SQL Server Profiler
To replay traces by using SQL Server Profiler
To create, modify, and use trace templates by using SQL Server Profiler
To use SQL Server Profiler traces to collect and monitor server performance
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