As a database administrator, it is your job to make sure that SQL Server runs smoothly. To ensure that SQL Server is running optimally, you can actively monitor the server to:
Keep track of user connections and locks.
View processes and commands that active users are running.
Check the status of locks on processes and objects.
See blocked or blocking transactions.
Ensure that processes complete successfully and detect errors if they do not.
When problems arise, you can terminate a process, if necessary.
For more coverage of monitoring SQL Server, see Chapter 13. In that chapter, you will learn how to use Performance Monitor ...