Extended Events have been available since SQL Server 2008, but they are still a black box to most database administrators. Rather than focusing on the technicalities of sessions and targets, Jes will show the value of Extended Events by showing you what problems can be solved. Metrics can be gathered, performance problems can be targeted, and events can be tracked. Let me show you how easy it is!
Brent Says: The timeline in here showing XE changes from SQL Server 2008 to SQL 2014 is really helpful. Profiler is a dead man walking, and XE is more like a zombie that rose up from the dead and became a powerful superhero working for the good guys. (Look, writing analogies isn’t my day job.)
Kendra Says: I agree– Profiler stinks! I especially love Jes’ analysis of what SQL Trace had that we don’t have in Extended Events: super helpful and not something you’d notice right away. I’m totally on Team Extended Events, I just like knowing the little things I may need to code or manage around.