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Reading Session Data from Memory

In the last few articles I took you through a progression of working with the event_file target from the most basic concepts on through the more advanced. While working with the event_file target, I showed that XML is central to working with the session data for that target type. XML… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 16 October 2015

Better Practices for Reading Event_file Targets

I have demonstrated over the past couple of articles the basics involved with reading the
event_file target along with a more advanced technique.

In each of those articles I outlined some problems that could be encountered. Some of those pitfalls might include another DBA moving the location of the files… Read more

4 comments, 433 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 15 October 2015

Dynamically Read event_file Data

In the previous article I covered the basics on extracting the payload for the events in a session from the event_file target. That article was a basic introduction.

In this article I want to take that basic knowledge and take it one step further. Being able to extract the… Read more

3 comments, 317 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 14 October 2015

Auditing Needs Reporting


Welcome to the second Tuesday of the month. And in the database world of SQL Server and the SQL Server community, that means it is time for TSQL2SDAY. This month the host is Sebastian Meine (blog / twitter), and the topic that he wants us to write… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 13 October 2015

Intro to Reading Event_File Target Data

Having covered the metadata for a deployed session from just about every angle (yes there is more on metadata that could be discussed, has not yet been discussed, and that I am not planning on covering at this time), it is high-time to start figuring out how to query the… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 13 October 2015

Simplified Session Backups

PowerShell exposes scads of information and provides the professional with a formidable tool for the tool-belt. Over the past several articles, I have demonstrated how this tool can be used to uncover useful information and metadata.

The groundwork has been laid to be able to mine information about each of… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 12 October 2015

Deployed Target Metadata with PoSH

Having just covered the methods to discover the metadata for a deployed session including the details about the session settings, events, actions, and predicates, I am nearly finished with the session metadata. All that remains is to dive into the metadata for Targets.

Through the articles thus far, I have… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 9 October 2015

Deployed Action and Predicate Metadata with PoSH

I have recently shown that using PowerShell can be extremely powerful in obtaining insight into how to investigate deployed Extended Event Sessions. Throughout the demos I have used, I hope that it has also shown that PowerShell can be very easy to use.

Querying this metadata through TSQL is… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 8 October 2015

Exposing Deployed Event Metadata with PoSH

In the last article I introduced a power tool that can be used to help manage Extended Events. That tool is PowerShell. In that article, I focused primarily on introducing PowerShell as a power tool to help in discovering the Extended Event Sessions deployed to the server as well… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 7 October 2015

Extended Event Management Power Tools

So far in this series I have introduced a couple of tools that are suitable for helping with the management of Extended Events. The tools introduced so far are the GUI and TSQL scripts. While the GUI is suitable, using a script really is a far better means of managing… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 6 October 2015

Backup Deployed Sessions

There is a wealth of information within Extended Events. Throughout this series, I have been working on exposing that wealth of information. A good bit of this information happens to be the metadata for Extended Events, and another bit of this information is tied to the metadata for deployed Sessions.… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 5 October 2015

SET Operations and Metadata

Having covered the core concepts of deployed session metadata (events, actions, targets, predicates), there is one more topic to cover. This is more of a subset of those concepts in that this applies to more than one of the core concepts, but it isn’t really a stand-alone topic. This is… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 2 October 2015

Session Target Metadata

With the ability to find the metadata for deployed session, events and actions firmly under the belt, the natural progression would lead one to find the metadata for the target(s) attached to a session.

Exploring the metadata for the core components of Extended Events Sessions can be an extremely fruitful… Read more

2 comments, 450 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 1 October 2015

Session Action Metadata

In a previous article, I introduced the core concept of Actions. In that article, I explained that an Action is a means to attach additional data from the stream to the event payload.

Recently, I have been covering various aspects of how to build an event session as well… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 30 September 2015

Session Event Metadata

There is a wonderful amount of metadata available to be perused in Extended Events. Part of the trick is to know where and how to find it. I started to dive into the investigation of this metadata with the exploration of the Deployed Extended Event Session Settings discussed here.… Read more

2 comments, 1,297 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 29 September 2015

Deployed Session Settings

You may recall that I wrote about how to look at the deployed session metadata. Today, I will be talking about deployed sessions again. And it may even be considered metadata as well. This time around, the metadata I will be discussing is a little bit different but will build… Read more

2 comments, 1,025 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 28 September 2015

The Extended Event GUI

In the previous article in this series I shared the basics around assembling an XEvent session. The method used in that article was via TSQL script. In this article, I will introduce the Extended Events GUI. While I prefer to use TSQL to create and manage my sessions, the… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 25 September 2015

Assembling a Session

Up to this point, I have taken a lot of time to discuss the various components of Extended Events. There is good reason for that. The components I have discussed are essential pieces of Extended Events and are critical to building useful sessions.

Previously, I only touched lightly on the… Read more

1 comments, 381 reads

Posted in SQL RNNR on 24 September 2015

Freecon – Oct 27 in Seattle

Just over a week ago I announced that SQL Solutions Group was getting ready to host a day of training, FREECON if you will, in Seattle as a prelude to the PASS Summit of 2015. You can read all about that here, with registration being here.

While I… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 23 September 2015

Predicate Order is Critical

I have mentioned predicate order previously and wanted to make sure I drive home the importance of the predicate order when dealing with Extended Events. This is an important topic because it can be very helpful in maintaining a reasonably performing event monitoring system.

The proper order of a predicate… Read more

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Posted in SQL RNNR on 23 September 2015

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