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Exploring the Extended Events Live Data Window

Grant Fritchey takes us through the Extended Events Live Data window:

One reason a lot of people don’t like Extended Events is because the output is in XML. Let’s face it, XML is a pain in the bottom. However, there are a bunch of ways around dealing with the XML data. The first, and easiest, is to ignore it completely and use the Live Data window built into SQL Server Management Studio.

I’ve written about the Live Data window before, and I’ve been using it throughout this series of posts on Extended Events. There’s a lot more to this tool than is immediately apparent. Today, we’re going to explore the basics around this tool

Read on to see what you can do with this. It’s a lot more powerful than it first appears to be.