In this article we introduce you to the SQL Server Profile feature which can be used to run a trace
Microsoft recently launched its much awaited SQL Server 2016 and one of the most talked about feature it encompasses is the SQL Server Profiler. For those of you, who are not aware of what this feature is all about, let us acquaint you that it is actually an interface created to help the user manage and create traces for better analysis and replay of traced results. In other words, an SQL Server Profiler helps saving events in a trace file that can be easily analyzed and traced in future to replay a sequence of steps required to solve a problem. Learn in depth about this interesting feature called SQL Server Profiler by reading this article.
Now, let us go in depth describing this amazing feature of SQL Server. This graphical user interface has been especially incorporated in the database to help the user monitor some steps working on the database. The biggest benefit of SQL Server Profiler is that it makes capturing and saving data about specific events in a file or table easy for a future analysis. Broadly speaking, an SQL Server Profiler can be used in a database to find and diagnose the slow running queries. This is not all; it also helps correlating performance while diagnosing the problems arising in the database. Another benefit of using a SQL Server Profiler is that it helps to tune the workloads by monitoring the performance of the server. Apart from this, this awesome feature helps capturing a sequence of SQL statements leading to a problem and this saved trace can be reused whenever the same problem crops up.
Reason behind the so many benefits of using SQL Server Profiler is its endless list of concepts that should be noted too for a better understanding of this feature. A profiler comprises of a number of Events and EventClass to trace almost any kind of query cropping up in the server. Any action generated in the SQL server is termed as an Event, while, any type of event that is traceable is termed as an Event Class. Login connections, Start and End of SQL Batch, Start and End of Stored Procedure, Start and End of Statements, Remote Procedure Call or RPC for Batch Status and Error Log are some of the Events managed by SQL Server Profiler. On the other hand, Audit Login, Lock Acquired, Lock Released, Audit Logout and SQL BatchCompleted are some of the EventClass categories handled in an efficient way by the profiler.
To sum, it can be said that if you are not yet using the SQL Server Profiler in your SQL Server, then you are seriously missing out a great feature and its benefits. Try it once to see how beautifully it supports the auditing actions that are performed on the server and use the auditing actions in future also for diagnosing any problem of query.
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