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Applied SQL: Server Side Traces

It’s time to get your server side trace on, with a little practical application!

I introduce this whole concept in Applied SQL: You Have Homework. Find all assignments on the Applied SQL page.

Prerequisites: basic T-SQL, basic experience with SQL Profiler

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Level 1 Assignments: Generate the script for a server side trace.

[1-1] Generate the script using these options:

  • Save to file: c:\temp\Trace
  • Enable file rollover
  • Enable trace stop time.
  • In the events selection, add “DatabaseID” to all selected events.
  • Add a filter for DatabaseID = 5

[1-2] Open the script and add these queries to the bottom, commented out:

  • Add a trace stop command.
  • Add a trace delete command.
  • Add a query to get information about all existing server-side traces. (This will take just a little research.)

Level 2 Assignment: Edit the script.

[2-1] Open the generated script and make these edits: 

  • Start time should be 30 minutes after the start of the script.
  • Max file size should be 20 Mb.
  • Trace output file should be c:\temp\MyTestTraceOutput.
  • Add the option for trace file rollover.

[2-2] Find and comment out all the code that adds tracing for the “SQL:BatchCompleted” event.

Bonus points: Post your scripts (or a link to them) in the comments below, just to show off that you did it.

Double bonus points: Do you think we should’ve done something more here? Post a related assignment of your own in the comments, and I’ll see how I do

Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. [...] Applied SQL: Server Side Traces – It’s been a four day working week here in the UK, so most of us have been scrambling to get things done but if you just can’t get enough SQL Server action and feel the need to flex those brain muscles some more then Jen McCown (Blog|Twitter) has got an assignment for you. [...]

  2. [...] McCown’s (blog | twitter) third assignment in the Applied SQL series is all about setting up a Server Side Trace with SQL [...]

  3. Jay Bonk says:

    Hey Jen,

    Completed the assignment on Server Side Traces

    Jay

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