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SQL Server: Introduction to Extended Events

by Jonathan Kehayias

Learn how to use Extended Events to perform analysis and troubleshooting on SQL Server using either Transact-SQL or the Extended Events UIs. Applicable for developers, DBAs and anyone who uses SQL Server from SQL Server 2008 onwards.

What you'll learn

Extended Events were added in SQL Server 2008 as a method of performing analysis and troubleshooting of SQL Server, with the ability to troubleshoot scenarios that have never been possible before. SQL Trace has finally been deprecated in SQL Server 2012 and so it is now imperative that developers and DBAs learn how to use Extended Events. This course explains the architecture of Extended Events, and how to create and manage event sessions, using events, actions, predicates, and basic targets. It then gives comprehensive coverage of the Management Studio UI for Extended Events that was added in SQL Server 2012, as well as the freely-available SSMS add-in that Jonathan wrote for SQL Server 2008 and 2008R2. The course ends by presenting some common troubleshooting scenarios that can be easily accomplished using Extended Events. It is perfect for those with no experience of Extended Events, those who are new to the Extended Events UIs and those with some experience but who want to solidify their understanding of Extended Events and how to use them. The information in the course applies to all versions from SQL Server 2008 onwards.

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About the author

Jonathan Kehayias is a Principal Consultant with SQLskills. He is the youngest person ever to achieve the Microsoft Certified Master - SQL Server 2008 certification and has been a SQL Server MVP for many years. Jonathan is heavily involved in the SQL community; including being the top answerer on the MSDN Database Engine forum, writing deep technical content on his blog (plus his old blog, and answering questions as @SQLPoolBoy on Twitter. Jonathan is a performance tuning expert, both SQL Se... more

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