SQL Extended Event Sessions - Mini DBA

Use the profiler view (which uses light weight extended events) to see real time events on your server/database.
Existing sessions are visible, Mini DBA also creates 2 sessions of it's own, one to monitor for slow queries and one to monitor deadlocks/errors.

SQL Server Extended Events UI

The profiler view is a great way to see what is happening on your server in real time. It is also a great way to learn about extended events.
Once you have selected a session to connect to from the top drop down list, the events will populate the main grid. You can click each event to see its details below.


This session is created to monitor for queries with problems. It is created with the following events:
  • database_xml_deadlock_report
  • additional_memory_grant
  • execution_warning
  • latch_suspend_warning
  • lock_deadlock
  • lock_deadlock_chain
  • lock_timeout_greater_than_0
  • server_memory_change
  • xml_deadlock_report

The options are designed to consume the least reasonable reasources while still capturing the most important events.

This session is designed to be left running all the time. It is not designed to be used for performance tuning, it is designed to capture events that may indicate a problem. It feeds data into the deadlock view and generates alerts.


This session is created to monitor for slow queries. It is created with a single event: sp_statement_completed
The UI gives you an extra shortcut filter option when selecting this session. You can filter by duration in milliseconds.
Slow SQL Query Duration Filter

Depending on how small you set the duration milliseconds filter, you may see a lot of events. This is OK as the sp_statement_completed event has practically zero overhead; 0 microsecond average performance overhead when using sp_statement_completed: Jonathan Kehayias article

This session gives an extra option to stop the session when not viewing this screen. This gives you the option to either leave the session accumulating events or to not consume any resources at all on the server.
SQL Server Extended Events Execution Plan Button

Another reason this event has extra low overhead is the fact the SQL query text is not captured. Only when you select an event in the grid will the query text be retreived from the server. This is done to reduce the amount of data being sent over the network for every event. Similarly the query plan is not captured either, it is only retrieved when you click the execution plan button.

You can use the execution plan button to see the execution plan for the query:
SQL Server Extended Events Execution Plan Button

This is a feature that tools like SQL Server Management Studio do not offer. They make you include the execution plan in the event session which can cause a lot of overhead.
Mini DBA only retrieves the execution plan when you click the button and pops up the standard execution plan viewer. This is available for any extended events session that includes the plan_handle and sp_statement_completed not just the Mini DBA sessions.