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Tamarick Hill

July, the 31 Days of SQL Server DMO’s – Day 2 (sys.dm_exec_sessions)

 

This sys.dm_exec_sessions DMV is another Server-Scoped DMV which returns information for each authenticated session that is running on your SQL Server box. Lets take a look at some of the information that this DMV returns.

SELECT * FROM sys.dm_exec_sessions

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This DMV is very similar to the DMV we reviewed yesterday, sys.dm_exec_requests, and returns some of the same information such as reads, writes, and status for a given session_id (SPID). But this DMV returns additional information such as the Host name of the machine that owns the SPID, the program that is being used to connect to SQL Server, and the Client interface name. In addition to this information, this DMV also provides useful information on session level settings that may be on or off such as quoted identifier, arithabort, ansi padding, ansi nulls, etc. This DMV will also provide information about what specific isolation level the session is executing under and if the default deadlock priority for your SPID has been changed from the default. Lastly, this DMV provides you with an Original Login Name, which comes in handy whenever you have some type of context switching taking place due to an ‘EXECUTE AS’ statement being used and you need to identify the original login that started a session.

For more information on this DMV, please see the below Books Online link:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms176013.aspx

Published Tuesday, July 02, 2013 11:26 AM by Tamarick Hill
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