As a database administrator, you are required to monitor the performance of SQL Server, the users who are logging in to your server, and to identify changes to objects within your environment. When you are effectively monitoring SQL Server, then you can proactively make informed decisions about changes made in your environment. The alternative is that you make reactive decisions, which are often not thought out completely.
Fortunately, SQL Server 2012 and Windows Server provide useful tools to help you monitor both of them. The four primary tools that you’ll use are as follows:
- The Performance Monitor (PerfMon)
- The Activity Monitor
- The Dynamic Management Views (DMVs) ...