In the last post, we saw how to install, configure and collect performance data from SQL Server 2005/2008/2008 R2, in this post, we will how to import that data using SQL Nexus and get ready to prepare Performance Analysis Reports
SQLNexus is a free tool developed by SQL Server support team and used for importing and analyzing performance data collected using SQL Diag and PSSDiag. Its helps identifying the Bottle necks, blocks, CPU consuming queries, Wait, Locks information, etc…
SQLNexus is freely available for download from http://sqlnexus.codeplex.com/
To run SQLNexus, you need to install the following prerequisites
.Net Framework 3.5
SQL Server 2008 SP1 Report viewer control (http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=bb196d5d-76c2-4a0e-9458-267d22b6aac6&DisplayLang=en)
SQL Server 2005 or above – To store imported performance data. You can also use SQL Server Express Edition
ReadTrace (RML Utilities for SQL Server)
x64 – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=B60CDFA3-732E-4347-9C06-2D1F1F84C342&displaylang=en
x86 – http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyId=7EDFA95A-A32F-440F-A3A8-5160C8DBE926&displaylang=en
After installing all prerequisites, download the SQLNexus from the above site and store it any local folder and then extract the zip file SQLNexus22.214.171.124.zip
Double click or Run “SQLNexus.exe”
On loading of the application, it will prompt you to connect to SQL Server instance on which you want to create the SQLNexus database, specify the Server Name, Authentication information and click “Connect”
Its not recommended to run this on your production server, since it will create lot of performance loads while importing the data and running the reports
If RML Utilities is not installed, you will get the below error message
Without RML Utilities, Trace files (.trc) will not be imported
On successful connection, you will see the above Main Dashboard screen, To start the import process, click on “Import” link left hand bottom side of the screen
Click Folder Browse icon and select the folder on which your Output data from PSS Diag and SQL Diag tool is stored.
Please make sure there is no spaces in the folder names, If you have space in the folder name, you will not be able to import the Trace files
To customize the import options, click on “Options”
Select the required options and if you want to retain the options you selected, click on “Save My Options”, for any reason, if you need to reset all the options you selected to default options, click on “Restore Default Options”
Use “Drop Current DB Before Importing” option to drop and recreate the database every time, this option will be helpful, if you want to load clean set of data every time.
Once finished customizing the options, click on “Import” button to proceed with the import
You will receive the above warning message, if you have selected “Drop Current DB Before Importing” option. click “Yes” to proceed with drop database and import
The above screenshots shows the import process and list of various files imported along with the number of records imported and also shows us whether the file imported successfully or not.
If you notice, the second line, Import for DBCC_MEMORYSTATUS_Startup.out file has failed, this is a known issue, there is no report currently available for DBCC MEMORYSTATUS, due to which this import will fail always, to follow up about this issue, please visit this discussion link CodePlex discussion forums http://sqlnexus.codeplex.com/workitem/11455
Now the import has completed successfully.
Click on File Menu and then click on “Run All Reports” to generate the reports
After the reports are generated, the Report link icons will change as follows
Since we don’t have any data related to SQL Server 2000, it will remain unchanged.
In the next post, we will explore the reports generated by SQLNexus and see various information available through them.
I hope you all find this information useful. Please post your comments !!!