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Using the Ring Buffer for Monitoring

Eitan Blumin uses Extended Events to track activity:

Extended events provides a solution similar to client side trace. It basically can capture all events that a trace can capture (and more), and it also supports a wider choice of target types. And that, is where its true power lies.

It just so happens that Extended Events has a target type called “ring buffer“, and it gives us exactly what we need.

The ring buffer is easy to set up and if you don’t need permanence, works great.