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Posted Friday, February 15, 2013 1:13 PM
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Got sp_server_diagnostics process constantly running on my SQL2012 Cluster. I do believe it's for self health tuning or data collection? But can someone please explain in more detail why is there, hugging resources and running forever?

Can I safely disable sp_server_diagnostics? And why it's or was absent on SQL2008 or previous implementation.

I Google this finding little or no explanations. Or maybe I need to improve my Google search skills.

Thanks in advance
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It's used for the cluster's IsAlive check. It takes minimal resources. It wasn't there on SQL 2008 or below because it was only introduced in SQL 2012.


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GilaMonster (2/15/2013)
It's used for the cluster's IsAlive check. It takes minimal resources. It wasn't there on SQL 2008 or below because it was only introduced in SQL 2012.


Thanks for reply!

Well, that explains why I do not recall such thing on the Cluster I managed before.

Do you know any useful link I can use for further reading?

Also, my RedGate Monitor tool (and Management Studio) have a different opinion, lol ... they keep flagging it as intensive query ... I wonder if I can filter it on SQL Monitor and exclude. But I was afraid of flagging an important stuff ..
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It's used for the cluster's IsAlive check. It takes minimal resources. It wasn't there on SQL 2008 or below because it was only introduced in SQL 2012.


Thanks for reply!

Well, that explains why I do not recall such thing on the Cluster I managed before.

Do you know any useful link I can use for further reading?


A quick search turned up these

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff878233.aspx
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/psssql/archive/2012/03/08/sql-server-2012-true-black-box-recorder.aspx

Also, my RedGate Monitor tool (and Management Studio) have a different opinion, lol ... they keep flagging it as intensive query ...


Possibly because it's running often.



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