Activity Monitor

The Activity Monitor is a new feature in SQL Server 2008 that provides high-level and drill down information giving good insight into the performance of SQL Server allowing DBA’s to quickly identify the source of slowdowns. To launch the activity monitor, right click on the instance name in SSMS and select ‘Activity Monitor’. This launches activity monitor in the right hand workspace window. There are 5 main sections to help provide monitoring: Overview – Graphical overview of Processor, Wait Tasks, I/O, and Batch Requests. Processes – Provides an overview similar to sp_who2, however is sortable by category and contains context driven actions. Resource Waits – High level overview of the wait time statistics aggregated from sys.dm_os_wait_stats Data File I/O – Provides latency and read/write statistics for each data and log file in the system. Recent Expensive Queries All statistics provided are from the SQL Server DMVs in a very convenient easy to use UI. This covers all potential SQL Server bottlenecks except possibly Network IO. And gives you a great initial overview in what you should be drilling down to in order to find a performance issue. Processes The next section is Processes. This is similar to sp_who2 however it is sortable on every column, provides lead blocker information and also has a context menu providing additional options of details (dbcc inputbuffer), kill, and trace in profiler. Resource Waits The resource wait section displays aggregated information on the wait statistics from the DMV sys.dm_os_wait_stats. Resource waits relate to the subsystems […]

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