The very first podcast episode I recorded was about Extended Events. We’ve had several new versions of SQL Server since that time, so I thought it was time to bring up the subject again. We are joined by MVP Jason Brimhall and he shares his insights on Extended Events, what has changed, and how to get started.

Listen to Learn

00:40 Intro to the guest and topic
01:32 Compañero Shout-Outs
02:21 The genesis of the trace and how Extended Events came into play
06:52 Trace events has not been added onto, but Extended Events continues to grow
09:11 Does Extended Events have too many events?
11:01 Reasons to use Extended Events
14:15 There is one Extended Events event that is unduly heavy
15:28 Query Store is not always a good solution
16:44 Some must-have sessions and other session advice
22:00 Extended Events’ limitations with services outside SQL Server
25:30 Ways to view your Extended Events data
27:18 Take your lumps and get comfortable with T-SQL and parsing
28:37 Last thoughts on Extended Events
29:28 SQL Family Questions
37:02 Closing Thoughts

Imagine, if you will, a spaghetti colander utilized in this case, where a spaghetti colander captures all the spaghetti, but lets the water and the other things run off that you don’t need. That’s really essentially what Extended Events does.

Jason Brimhall

Meet the Hosts

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Carlos Chacon

With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.

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Eugene Meidinger

Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.

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Kevin Feasel

Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.

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