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Server Performance and Activity Monitoring How-to Topics

The goal of monitoring databases is to assess how a server is performing. Effective monitoring involves taking periodic snapshots of current performance to isolate processes that are causing problems, and gathering data continuously over time to track performance trends. Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft Windows operating system provide utilities that let you view the current condition of the database and to track performance as conditions change.

The following section contains topics that describe how to use SQL Server and Windows performance and activity monitoring tools. It contains the following topics:

To perform monitoring tasks with Windows tools
To create SQL Server database alerts with Windows tools
To perform monitoring tasks with SQL Server Management Studio
To perform monitoring tasks with SQL Trace by using Transact-SQL stored procedures
To create and modify traces by using SQL Server Profiler
To start, pause, and stop traces by using SQL Server Profiler
To open traces and configure how traces are displayed by using SQL Server Profiler
To replay traces by using SQL Server Profiler
To create, modify, and use trace templates by using SQL Server Profiler
To use SQL Server Profiler traces to collect and monitor server performance
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