New Article on comparing “Observer Overhead” of Trace vs Extended Events

I have been so busy this week that I didn’t get a chance to blog about this yesterday when it happened, but I had a new article published on that compares the performance impact or "observer overhead" of using SQL Trace and Extended Events.  I had a lot of fun running different benchmarks for […]

How useful are query_hash and query_plan_hash for troubleshooting?

After my last post, I was contacted by email about the usefulness of query_hash in actual troubleshooting scenarios since the query_hash value is based on the statement and not the database in a system.  It just happened that the example template from SQL Server 2012 that I showed had the query_hash included in it’s definition.  […]

Customizing Extended Events Templates in SQL Server 2012

One of the features of the Extended Events UI in SQL Server 2012 is the ability to export an event session definition out to a template for future reuse.  This can be accomplished through the right-click menu for an event session and then by selecting the Export Session menu item as shown in Figure 1. […]