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The “most_recent_sql_handle” column

While researching my last post I ran across an interesting column I hadn’t noticed before, sys.dm_exec_connections.most_recent_sql_handle. I mentioned it in my previous post but I felt it was interesting enough that I would point it out specifically. Here is the BOL definition:

The SQL handle of the last request executed on this connection. The most_recent_sql_handle column is always in sync with the most_recent_session_id column. Is nullable.

So why is this so interesting? Well primarily for the specific use I mentioned last time. There are requests that are blocked but the session_id doing the blocking doesn’t have an entry in sys.dm_exec_requests. In order to find out what the user has been doing in that session you can at least find out what the last batch they ran was by using most_recent_sql_handle. Remember this is only the last batch not everything in the transaction but it can still be fairly useful since frequently a transaction only has one batch in it.

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My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.


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