A common cause of slow SQL Server performance is a heavy database application workload—the nature of the queries themselves. Thus, to analyze the cause of a system bottleneck, it is important to examine the database application workload and identify the SQL queries causing the most stress on system resources. To do this, you use the SQL Profiler and Management Studio tools.
In this chapter, I cover the following topics:
The basics of the SQL Profiler tool
How to analyze SQL Server workload and identify costly SQL queries using SQL Profiler
How to combine the baseline measurements with data collected from SQL Profiler
How to analyze the processing strategy of a costly SQL query using Management Studio
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