Create an Extended Events Session


Applies To: SQL Server 2016

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO:yesSQL Server (starting with 2014)yesAzure SQL DatabasenoAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

You can create an Extended Events session by using the Query Editor, or you can create a session in Object Explorer. In Object Explorer, Extended Events provides two user interfaces you can use to create, modify, and view event session data — a wizard that guides you through the event session creation process, and a New Session UI that provides more advanced configuration options. You can create Extended Events sessions to diagnose SQL Server tracing, which enables you to resolve issues such as the following:

  • Find your most expensive queries

  • Find root causes of latch contention

  • Find a query that is blocking other queries

  • Troubleshoot excessive CPU usage caused by query recompilation

  • Troubleshoot deadlocks

In This Section

Create an Extended Events Session Using Query Editor

Create an Extended Events Session Using the Wizard (Object Explorer)

Create an Extended Events Session Using the New Session Dialog