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SQL Server® 2008 Administration: Real World Skills for MCITP Certification and Beyond by Tom Carpenter

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Advanced Monitoring Tools

In addition to the standard monitoring tools you've explored so far in this chapter, several tools and features of SQL Server 2008 and the Windows operating system may prove beneficial in performance analysis and general troubleshooting. These tools include:

  • Dynamic Management Views (DMVs)
  • DBCC
  • Resource Monitor

The following sections will cover each of these topics fully.

Dynamic Management Views (DMVs)

Dynamic Management Views or DMVs provide server state information for health and performance monitoring. DMVs are queried like SQL Server tables, making them easy to use for both beginning and experienced DBAs. For example, you can query the sys.dm_exec_connections DMV to view the current connections. Figure 14.7 shows ...

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