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Preemptive vs Non-Preemptive Waits in SQL Server

Chad Callihan interrupts this broadcast for an important message:

Have you ever been reviewing SQL Server waits and spotted any that had PREEMPTIVE in the name? There about 200 variations of PREEMPTIVE wait types out there, so I’m guessing you’ve seen at least one at some point in your career. They don’t always get the same type of attention as a CXPACKET wait or a THREADPOOL wait, so perhaps you never took the time to find out what they mean. Let’s discuss PREEMPTIVE waits as well as what NON-PREEMPTIVE means.

Read on for the answer.