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Organize Columns Displayed in a Trace (SQL Server Profiler)

You can group data columns in a trace by selecting Organize Columns in the trace table or Trace File Properties dialog box, or when you define a trace. Grouping the data columns enables you to better analyze SQL Server Profiler trace output. For more information, see View and Analyze Traces with SQL Server Profiler.

Organize Columns enables you to either group the trace events, or to group and aggregate them by the data columns you select.

  • Choose multiple data columns for grouping to only group trace events. When you choose multiple data columns for grouping, the trace window displays events grouped by the values in the data columns you selected for grouping. The following example shows how the trace window grid would appear if you chose the Duration and StartTime data columns for grouping. Note that the Duration column values are displayed in ascending order, then the StartTime values.

Duration

StartTime

EventClass

ClientProcessID

 

12/12/2006 3:16:43 PM

SQL:StmtStarting

2124

0

12/12/2006 5:39:23 PM

Audit Login

648

1

12/12/2006 5:24:44 PM

SQL:StmtStarting

2124

25

12/12/2006 5:24:44 PM

SQL:StmtCompleted

648

  • Choose only one column for grouping to group and aggregate trace events. When you choose only one data column for grouping, the trace window displays events grouped by the values in that data column and collapses all events under it. A plus sign (+) appears to the left of the event in the data column you chose for grouping, and the number of events collapsed under it appears in parentheses to the right of the event. The following example shows how the trace window grid would appear if you chose only the EventClass data column for grouping. Note that all events are organized under the EventClass data column. To view all events, click the plus sign to expand and display all event classes of that type.

EventClass

StartTime

Duration

ClientProcessID

+ ExistingConnection (6)

 

 

 

+ SQL:BatchStarting (25)

 

 

 

+ SQL:StmtCompleted (11)

 

 

 

+ SQL:SmtStarting (21)

 

 

 

To group data columns displayed in a trace

  1. Open an existing trace file or table.

  2. On the File menu, click Properties.

  3. In the Trace File Properties or Trace Table Properties dialog box, click the Events Selection tab.

  4. On the Events Selection tab, click Organize Columns.

  5. In the Organize Columns dialog box, select the columns you want to display in a group, and click Up to move them under Groups. After you have moved all the columns you want to move under Groups, you can use the Up and Down buttons to rearrange their order.

    Moving the data column names into the Groups list means that the displayed trace is first organized by the values in the top-most data column appearing in the Groups list, then by the second data column in the Groups list, and so on.

  6. Click OK in the Organize Columns dialog box, and then click OK in the Trace Table Properties or Trace File Properties dialog box.

    After clicking OK in the Trace Table Properties or the Trace File Properties dialog box, the data columns are reorganized in the displayed trace. The data column that you moved to the top-most position in the Groups list is located first in the trace display when you are reading the grid from left to right. The rows in the trace are organized in ascending order by the values contained in the data columns that you included in the Groups list. The columns chosen for grouping remain fixed in the display, but you can scroll right or left to view the other columns.

  7. To ungroup the displayed trace data, click Grouped View on the View menu to cancel the selection. If you want to revert to the grouped view, click Grouped View on the View menu again to reselect it.

To group and aggregate data columns in a trace

  1. Open an existing trace file or table.

  2. On the File menu, click Properties.

  3. In the Trace File Properties or Trace Table Properties dialog box, click the Events Selection tab.

  4. On the Events Selection tab, click Organize Columns.

  5. In the Organize Columns dialog box, select one column by which you want to group and aggregate the displayed trace events. Click Up to move the column name under Groups. You can use the Up and Down buttons to rearrange the remaining columns under Columns if needed.

  6. Click OK in the Organize Columns dialog box, and then click OK in the Trace Table Properties or Trace File Properties dialog box.

    After clicking OK in the Trace Table Properties or the Trace File Properties dialog box, the data columns are reorganized in the displayed trace. All other data column events are aggregated under the data column that you moved into the Groups list. Click the plus sign (+) to the left of the event in the data column you chose for aggregation to expand it and view all events of that type. The column chosen for aggregation remains fixed in the display, but you can scroll right or left to view the other columns.

  7. To revert to a normal view of the trace data, click Aggregated View on the View menu, which cancels the selection. If you want to revert to the aggregated view, click Aggregated View on the View menu again to reselect it. Note that you can also click Grouped View on the View menu to display the grouped trace events without collapsing them.

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