Working with the SQL Profiler

In SQL Server 2000, the SQL Profiler can help you diagnose and fix SQL Server
performance issues. This tool lets you trace events and play back the results,
which can help you determine application and/or query problems, such as
long-running queries or ineffective indexes. Let’s take a look at how you can
use the SQL Profiler to monitor, analyze, and tune your SQL server.

When you open SQL Profiler (Figure A), you can run traces on a set of
criteria you specify.

These criteria or events can be one or more of the following:

  • Cursors

  • Database

  • Errors and Warnings

  • Locks

  • Objects

  • Performance

  • Scans

  • Security Audit

  • Server

  • Stored Procedures

  • Transactions

  • TSQL

SQL Profiler includes a set of templates you can begin using right away. After
becoming fluent at working with SQL Profiler, you can create your own templates
or modify existing ones. Profiler offers the following eight templates shown in
Table A.

Table A

Template name

Template filename


Stored Procedure Counts


This template provides a collection of events about the
Stored Procedure name that has started. The results of this trace are grouped
by Event Class, Server Name, Database ID, and Object ID. In addition, the
Server Process ID (SPID) is trapped.



This template provides detailed information about Security
Audits (Audit Login/Audit Logout), Sessions (Existing Connection), Stored Procedures,
and TSQL Statements that have been completed.



This template traps TSQL Statements in the order that they
occur. The results include the Event, SQL Statement, SPID, and Start Time.

TSQL Duration


This template traps the TSQL Statements, Event Class, SPID,
and the time it takes in milliseconds for the TSQL Statement to execute.

TSQL Grouped


This template groups your TSQL Statements by Application
Name, NT User Name, Login Name, and the Client Process ID of the application
being called by SQL Server.

TSQL Replay


This template traps detailed information of the TSQL
Statements that have been issued and enables you to replay the trace.

TSQL Stored Procedures


This template traps the Stored Procedures and TSQL
commands associated with that Stored Procedure. This trace also traps the
SPID and start time of the Stored Procedure.



This template traps TSQL Statements and SQL Batches that
have completed.

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