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Errors to the SQL Server error log

Since Retrace is a lightweight code profiler and captures ASP.NET request traces, it can even show you the full context of what your code is doing.

Below is a captured trace that shows all of the SQL queries and other details about what the code was doing. Retrace can even show log messages within this same view. Also, notice that it shows the server address and database name the query is being executed on. You can also see how many records were returned.

Retrace Web Transaction Trace

RETRACE WEB TRANSACTION TRACE

As you can see, Retrace provides comprehensive SQL reporting capabilities as part of its APM capabilities. It also provides multiple monitoring and alerting features around SQL queries.

Pros: Detailed reporting across apps, per app, and per query. Can show transaction traces detailed how queries are used. Starts at just $10 a month. Is always running once installed.
Cons: Does not provide the number of reads or writes per query.

3. SQL Server Profiler (DEPRECATED!)

The SQL Server Profiler has been around for a very long time. It is very useful if you are trying to see in real time what SQL queries are being executed against your database.

NOTE: Microsoft has announced that SQL Server Profiler is being deprecated!

SQL Profiler captures very detailed events about your interaction with SQL Server.

  • Login connections, disconnections, and failures
  • SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, and DELETE statements
  • RPC batch status calls
  • Start and end of stored procedures
  • Start and end of statements within a stored procedure
  • Start and end of a SQL batch
  • Errors written to the SQL Server error log
  • A lock acquired or released on a database object
  • An opened cursor
  • Security permission checks
SQL Server Profiler

SQL SERVER PROFILER