Category Archives: SQL Profiler

SQL Server: Using SQL Profiler to Capture Stored Procedure Call from Application

SQL Profiler is a high-quality tool to figure outdifferent database issues, like “Which are costliest queries running”, “Whichquires acquired exclusive locks”, “Which indexes are missing” and soon. But in development environment and on production when solving a problem,developers like to use SQL Profiler to get exact procedure call which is beinggenerated by front end application.
Worst practice is, that developers like to useexisting built in templates for this purpose and normally use default one i.e. STANDARD. If you are also using SQL Profiler for this procedure call purpose, thenselecting STANDARD trace template is not a good choice, as on productionserver it affects its performance and even on development server it returnsmuch more extra information.
Good practice is, if you have not created your owntemplate then always select TUNING.
 It also has some extra information so when you onlyneed to catch procedure calls generated from your application then click on “EventSelection” tab and keep only “RPC:Completed” event. You need not toselect “Sp: stmt Completed” as you just need to capture “execute procedure calls”and not all the statement inside this procedure. You can also omit “SP:Batch Completed” as we need calls that are only generated from application. If you also need to capture calls from SSMS then you can keep it.

To avoid extra work pressure on server and to getyour required results only, you must also apply filters on “Database Name”and “Text
 Use % sign, just like you use in LIKE operator.

Now run your trace and you will find your required results quickly and clearly, even without putting extra work load on database server.
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>SQL Server Performance: Not All Fast Queries Are Innocent

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To, find out costly quires, a majority of DBAs like to visit SQL Profiler. Queries with higher CPU and READ/WRITE are marked as costly quires. I have observed that most of the time quires with less CPU and READ are ACTUAL BIG PROBLEM. Cumulative effect of multiple executions of these commonly considered well performing quires normally put more pressure on system as compare to occasionally executing costly quires. Simple if a query giving result in 10 milliseconds but being executed 10000 time, with in a short time, then definitely it’s a REAL costly query.
To get optimum performance, identification of such COSTLY quires is necessary. This can be achieved by creating history of trace data for peak and off peak hours of your database. Follow given steps for this task.
  • Open profiler, and select following columns
    • EventClass, TextData, Duration, CPU, Reads, Writes
  • Create a filter on your required database
  • Start your trace, and later save this trace data to some trace output file.
  • Load trace data from trace file to trace table by using following query
SELECT * INTO Trace_Table
FROM ::fn_trace_gettable(‘C:\YourTraceFile.trc’,default)
  • Once the trace data is imported, use following query to find quires with high CPU and READ/WRITE values
SELECT COUNT(*) AS TotalExecutions,
      EventClass,
      TextData,
      SUM(Duration) AS TotalDuration,
      SUM(CPU) AS TotalCPU,
      SUM(Reads) AS TotalReads,
      SUM(Writes) AS TotalWrites
FROM Trace_Table
GROUP BY EventClass,TextData
ORDER BY TotalReads DESC
Why order by TotalReads and not CPU, read this

>Sql Server Performance: Which Statement Triggered the Recompile Event

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In last post “Performance Counter to Count Stored Procedure Re-compilations we have discussed about a useful counter of system performance counters i.e. SQL Re-Compilations/sec. In this post, we have discussed that if nonzero values are consistently occurring for this counter, we should seriously search for the culprit stored procedures and then statement with in that stored procedure.

Let me explain, how Sql Profiler can help us to find statement in a stored procedure which actually triggered the recompile event.
Open Sql Server Profiler and start a new trace but with following events
·         SP:Starting
·         SP:StmtStarting
·         SP:Recompile
·         SP:Completed

You can select these events by selecting check box “Show all events” (as mentioned in screen shot. Click “Run” button to start trace.
Meanwhile execute following query as an example
CREATE PROCEDURE proc_testRecompilation
AS
    CREATE TABLE #t ( a INT )
    SELECT  *
    FROM    #t
GO
EXEC proc_testRecompilation
Now shift your focus to Sql Profiler to examine trace, which must resembling following screen shot.
Watch closely the statement which appeared before and after the SP:Recompile. This is the statement in stored procedure which actually triggered recompilation. Once we have detected the culprit statement, we must find out the reason behind this happening. In our example statement triggered recompilation because of “Recompilations Due to Interleaving Data Definition Language (DDL) and Data Manipulation Language (DML) Operations“. What are other reasons behind recompilation occurring read previous post.
Note: In our example you will only see the recompile event on the first execution of the procedure, or if you drop and re-create the procedure each time you execute the script.