SQL trace owned by accoung sa - system generated?

  • Hi,

    I have a SQL Trace that is running under the souce spid of 5s that is owned by "sa". I can't tell if this is something that is owned by SQL Server because of a setting, or is a process has called this and thus it is owned by sa rather than a named user.


    09/16/2010 09:14:49,spid79,Unknown,SQL Trace stopped. Trace ID = '2'. Login Name = 'LIL\kevinl'.

    09/16/2010 09:14:44,spid76,Unknown,SQL Trace ID 2 was started by login "LIL\kevinl".

    09/08/2010 10:58:57,spid65,Unknown,SQL Trace stopped. Trace ID = '2'. Login Name = 'LIL\sladmin'.

    09/08/2010 10:58:20,spid64,Unknown,SQL Trace ID 2 was started by login "LIL\sladmin".

    [highlight=#ffff11]09/08/2010 10:55:46,spid5s,Unknown,SQL Trace ID 1 was started by login "sa".[/highlight]

    I can see that the trace started and appears to still be running:

    select * from fn_trace_getinfo(0)

    Recnum TraceId property value


    212C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\LOG\log_904.trc




    Any assistance to a newb would be appreciated!

  • yes that's the default trace, which tracks DDL changes made to all databases; it's low impact trace that can be most easily accessed from teh GUI, where it is filtered by database.

    remember all spids under #50 are system spids anyway; user spids are 50 and up.


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  • Thanks Lowell!

  • Lowell (9/16/2010)

    remember all spids under #50 are system spids anyway; user spids are 50 and up.

    On 2005 and higher it's possible to have system spids with session_id above 50. Sys.dm_exec_sessions has a column 'is_user_process' that tells if a process is system or user.

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