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One of the biggest issues a SQL Server professional faces when troubleshooting a complex SQL Server problem is the data collection task. The classic catch-22 situation always presents itself: installing data collection utilities on the server versus not collecting all the required data to address the root cause of the problem at hand.
The most common dilemma encountered is using a single tool to capture the required set of data simultaneously when faced with a critical production issue. Unless and until there are tools that enable quick configuration capabilities, we are left gambling with the prospect of continued service unavailability and missing service-level agreements while trying to configure the data collection tools. Seasoned SQL Server professionals have their own toolset handy, which they consider to be their equivalent of a superhero’s utility belt and which serves them well at the time of a crisis situation.
Once you have successfully fought the demons inside your SQL Server environment that were wreaking havoc and causing the problems, you will be tasked with identifying the root cause of the issue. Identifying the root cause in itself ...