Extended events are great; they have all the goodness of profiler except you don’t use profiler. Win/win! More to the point, extended events let you quickly and easily view, sort, and aggregate events that occur on your instances. They also have powerful filters (really, a “where” clause) to limit noise. You have way more control over what you monitor, how you store the data, and how you view and use it. This makes them perfect use to track replicated transactions, since we want to measure at both an individual level and the aggregate.
I fired up management studio and went to “New Session” looking for some replication event goodness and I found…
… nothing. I tried looking for events that had even parts of the name replication in it. No such thing, apparently.
This doesn’t deter Drew and he ends up building some interesting events to infer the correct answers.