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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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Performance Monitoring Tools

In versions of SQL Server prior to SQL Server 2008, the tools available for monitoring SQL Server performance were somewhat limited. Yes, you had the Windows Performance Monitor, Activity Monitor, SQL Server Profiler, and SQL Trace, but performing in-depth performance monitoring usually required the purchase of third-party tools to collect, monitor, and view performance information in a useful way.

SQL Server 2012 provides a number of tools you can use to collect, analyze, monitor, and report performance-related data. The usual old-timers such as SQL Server Profiler and Database Engine Tuning Advisor still exist and are available to you, but SQL Server 2012 also includes the Activity Monitor, the Data Collector and ...

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