Collation Conflict with Extended Events

The default collation for SQL Server is a pretty bad idea. Sure, it works but so does SQL Server 7. When you have the opportunity to update to more current technologies, it is a good idea. Sometimes though, that upgrade can come with some pain. This article shows how to alleviate one such pain point by fixing problems related to collation conflicts and XE.

Trace Query in Extended Events

The ability to quickly and easily trace a query is important to database professionals. This script provides one useful alternative to trace a specific spid similar to the method of using the context menu to create the trace within SSMS and Profiler.

Azure Data Studio and XEvents

Azure Data Studio (ADS) is getting all sorts of love and attention these days. So much so that they have finally gotten around to adding Extended Events (XE) to the tool – sort of. Now we have the power to run traces on SQL Server via ADS. 

Monitor Database Offline Events

Hopefully, a database being taken offline is a known event and not a surprise. Occasionally there are gremlins, in the form of users with too many permissions, that tend to do very strange things.

Extended Events File Initialization Failure

One of the recommended methods to trap payload data in an XE session is via the use of the event_file target. Sending data to a file has numerous benefits such as being able to take the trace and evaluate the trace file from a different machine (locally to that machine).

Profiler for Extended Events: Quick Settings

As of SSMS 17.4 we have been given the ability to control XEvents Profiler just a tiny bit more. For what it is worth, we as Database Professionals love to be able to control our database environment. So this teeny tiny bit of new control ability is potentially a huge win, right?

An Identity Crisis: Is it Profiler or is it Extended Events?

Despite it being new, it seems there are a handful of “facts” already published about it that may or may not be accurate. Due to that, I want to play a little game of fact or fiction with it in this article.