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|6. Stored procedures and functions||Return to Complete List|
What would SQL Server be without the system stored procedures and functions that operate in the rawest form to monitor SQL Server and gather the necessary performance statistics? Here are some of my favorites.
|sp_who2||Listing of the current system processes in SQL Server with application name, last batch, blocking, etc.|
|DBCC INPUTBUFFER||The first 255 characters of the last statement sent to SQL Server by a single system process identifier (i.e. SPID)|
|sysprocesses||System table with system processes|
|sp_lock||Current locks by spid with the type of lock|
|sp_configure||Listing of the SQL Server system configurations|
|fn_virtualfilestats||I/O statistics for each database file|
|DBCC SHOWCONTIG||When executed per table outlines the data and index fragmentation|
|Trace flags||Logs additional information for SQL Server events that are typically not captured|
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About the author: Jeremy Kadlec is the Principal Database Engineer at Edgewood Solutions, a technology services company delivering professional services and product solutions for Microsoft SQL Server. He has authored numerous articles and delivers frequent presentations at regional SQL Server Users Groups and nationally at SQL PASS. Jeremy is also the SearchSQLServer.com Performance Tuning expert. Ask him a question here.
This was first published in July 2005