Real World SQL Server Profiler
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Real World SQL Server Profiler

Master the Fundamentals of SQL Server Profiler
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Created by Mike West
Last updated 1/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • At the end of this course you'll have a very solid understanding of how to use SQL Server Profiler in the real world.
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  • You'll need to have SQL Server installed locally.
  • You'll need a copy of the Adventureworks learning database attached to that instance.
  • A familiarization with SQL Server would be helplful.

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"This was my first dba course. The course flowed well and the instructor seemed confident in his knowledge. Instructor stayed on topic and didn't get sidetracked by going down 'rabbit trails' of additional content, which can sometimes happen. I would definitely take another class with the same instructor."  Phil Carpenter 

Microsoft SQL Server Profiler is a graphical user interface to SQL Trace for monitoring T-SQL Statements of Database Engine

SQL Server Profiler is a powerful tool that allows you to capture and analyze events.

This information can be used to identify and troubleshoot many SQL Server-related problems.

One of the things that separate less knowledgeable DBAs from exceptional ones is that exceptional DBAs know how to take full advantage of the tools available to them.

Even though Profiler can be used to monitor analysis services and integration services its core use is for tracking down real world issue that happen within SQL Server’s database engine.

In this course, we are going to cover the architecture of SQL Server Profiler and then use it to track down performance related issues.

In the course, we are also going to cover the nomenclature in detail. What’s an event and for that matter what’s an event class? How do I use them?

The interface isn’t that intuitive and in this course we will walk through all the tabs and their meaning as well as learn how to use them to capture only what we want to see, not the thousands of lines we don’t need.

With profiler, we can: create traces, watch the trace capture the spids in real time, store it, replay and even save the output to a server to others can view the results in table format.

There are several reasons profiler isn’t used more often in the real world. Firstly, the interface isn’t well designed, secondly it creates a ton of data when it’s not filtered and lastly it can consume a lot of resources on the server.

If the profiler is configured appropriately to trace only relevant data for analysis, it will diminish the additional load that is introduced while it is running.

If profiler is run for a longer duration, then to capture the event of longer duration it is very important to collect selective data, otherwise the collected data can outgrow the space on the server.

In this course, we are going to learn how to ameliorate all the “issues” with the tool and learn how to use it effectively in the real world.

Thanks for your interest in Real World SQL Server Profiler. 

Who is the target audience?
  • If you are interested in learning how to use SQL Server Profiler then this course is for you.
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Curriculum For This Course
33 Lectures
An Introduction to SQL Server Profiler
8 Lectures 17:28

What is this course about? 

What are we going to learn about SQL Server Profiler?

Let's find out in this lecture. 

Preview 01:14

In this lecture let's discuss the architecture of profiler from a very high level. 

Preview 01:57

Some of profiler's vernacular is confusing. 

Let's sort it our in this lesson. 

Preview 03:44

As a general rule you only want members of the sysadmin group to run traces on prod boxes. 

However, you can grant certain users the right to run them. 

Preview 02:47

There's not a lot to it but it has some very helpful buttons that can help us get profiler doing what we want it to. 

Preview 02:53

In this lecture let's craft our first trace. 

It's very simple. 

Creating Our First Trace

In this lesson let's save a trace file out to the file system and re-open it. 

Save and Re-Open Trace File


10 questions
Hands on Profiler: Traces and Templates
8 Lectures 18:39

Let's continue learning how to choose events for our traces. 

Event Selection

In this lecture let's filter on the database we want to collect data from.

Adding a Database Filter

Let's group the results in one of our traces. 

Group Events

In this lecture let's save a trace file to a table.

Save Trace to Table

Let's learn about the eight prebuilt templates included in SQL Server Profiler. 

Built-In Trace Templates

In this lecture we learn how to create, edit and delete our own custom templates. 

Creating, Editing and Deleting Templates

In this lecture let's learn how to craft custom templates. 

Create Custom Template From Existing Template


5 questions
Real World Profiler
9 Lectures 13:52

In this lecture let's learn about limiting out data collection. 

Profiler is a great tool but it will tax a production box. 

Overload - Too Much Stuff

Let's learn why filters don't necessarily reduce the resource consumption on the box. 

Filters Don't Reduce Workload - Most of the Time

There's a ton of information you can capture. 

However, that doesn't mean you should. 

Let's trim the herd. 

Categories Are Suggestions

There aren't a lot of hidden tips inside Profiler but this is one of them. 

Let's learn how to choose an entire row of data points. 

Tip Time - Select or Deselect All Data Points

We can easily add multiple filter to our traces. 

Let's learn how in this lecture. 

Adding Multiple Filters

Using wildcards give us a lot of flexible on how we can define our filters. 

Using Wildcard Searches

There aren't that many options or setting on the main profiler screen but we should know what this one does. 

The "Server Process Trace Data" Option

Tip Time - Schedule a Trace and How to Disable Autoscroll


5 questions
Find the Slow Runners
8 Lectures 16:44

In this lecture let's define what we are hunting. 

What are we looking for?

What are we trying to capture? 

What's an RPC call? 

Let's answer these in this lecture. 

What are we trying to capture?

Let's choose the events for our new trace. 

We are customizing a trace for slow running queries. 

Event Selection - The Big 4

In this lecture lets learn some settings that apply to all traces. 

Setting Global Trace Options

Let's look at our events specific to capturing our slow running queries. 

Post Analysis of the Capture

In this lecture let's walk through what the data columns mean in our trace. 

Defining Our Data Columns

Let's put everything we've done together and then present our finding to development and the business. 

Final Analysis


5 questions
About the Instructor
Mike West
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SQL Server and Machine Learning Evangelist

I've been a production SQL Server DBA most of my career.

I've worked with databases for over two decades. I've worked for or consulted with over 50 different companies as a full time employee or consultant. Fortune 500 as well as several small to mid-size companies. Some include: Georgia Pacific, SunTrust, Reed Construction Data, Building Systems Design, NetCertainty, The Home Shopping Network, SwingVote, Atlanta Gas and Light and Northrup Grumman.

Experience, education and passion

I learn something almost every day. I work with insanely smart people. I'm a voracious learner of all things SQL Server and I'm passionate about sharing what I've learned. My area of concentration is performance tuning. SQL Server is like an exotic sports car, it will run just fine in anyone's hands but put it in the hands of skilled tuner and it will perform like a race car.


Certifications are like college degrees, they are a great starting points to begin learning. I'm a Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA), Microsoft Certified System Engineer (MCSE) and Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT).


Born in Ohio, raised and educated in Pennsylvania, I currently reside in Atlanta with my wife and two children.