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This wait type is a generic wait for when a thread is calling one of several Windows functions, not grouped in any specific functional area.
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Added in SQL Server version:
Removed in SQL Server version:
Extended Events wait_type value:
The map_key value in sys.dm_xe_map_values is 364 in 2008 and 2008 R2, 411 in 2012, and 427 in 2014 RTM. After 2014 RTM, you must check the DMV to get the latest value as some map_key values have changed in later builds.
I have not seen this wait type be a noticeable contention point.
Note that when a thread calls out to Windows, the thread changes from non-preemptive (SQL Server controls the thread) to preemptive (Windows controls the thread) mode. The thread’s state will be listed as RUNNING, as SQL Server doesn’t know what Windows is doing with the thread.
Known occurrences in SQL Server (list number matches call stack list):
- Calling out to a word breaker while running a full-text search
- Retrieving the max server memory while determining how many parallel threads to use for a full-text merge operation
- Restarting full-text crawls that were paused because of a backup running
And other similar call stacks.
Abbreviated call stacks (list number matches known occurrences list):