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James is currently a Senior Business Intelligence Architect/Developer and has over 20 years of IT experience. James started his career as a software developer, then became a DBA 12 years ago, and for the last five years he has been working extensively with Business Intelligence using the SQL Server BI stack (SSAS, SSRS, and SSIS). James has been at times a permanent employee, consultant, contractor, and owner of his own business. All these experiences along with continuous learning has helped James to develop many successful data warehouse and BI projects. James has earned the MCITP Business Developer 2008, MCITP Database Administrator 2008, and MCITP Database Developer 2008, and has a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering. His blog is at .

Configuration Manager for Sqldiag

SQLdiag is a diagnostics collection utility to collect logs and data files from SQL Server that you can use to monitor your servers over time or troubleshoot specific problems with your servers.  SQLdiag can collect data from: Windows performance logs, Windows event logs, SQL Server Profiler traces, SQL Server blocking information, and SQL Server configuration information.

Until now, there was not a way to customize what data you needed to collect.  But Microsoft has released a tool to allow customization, called Pssdiag and Sqldiag Manager (Pssdiag is the version for SQL Server 7.0/2000).  Additionally, you can use it to collect data for SQL Nexus, which is a data analysis tool used by Microsoft product support (SQL Nexus helps you identify the root cause of SQL Server performance issues – it loads and analyzes performance data collected by SQLdiag).

More info on Pssdiag Manager: Pssdiag/Sqldiag Configuration Manager released to codeplex

More info on SQLDiag: How to use SQLDiag, SQLNexus and PAL tools to analyze performance issues in SQL Server

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