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Data Collection

SQL Server provides a data collector that you can use to obtain and save data that is gathered from several sources. The data collector enables you to use data collection containers, which enable you to determine the scope and frequency of data collection on a computer that is running SQL Server.

The following table describes the topics in this section.

Topic

Description

Introducing the Data Collector

Describes the data collector in general.

Getting Started with the Data Collector

Describes the installation requirements for this release of the data collector.

Data Collection Terminology

Describes the terminology used for data collection and the data collector.

Data Collector Architecture and Processing

Describes the data collector architecture and processing during data collection.

System Data Collection Sets

Describes the predefined system data collection sets that are provided with the data collector.

Utility Information Data Collection Set

Describes the data collection set that is installed on each instance of SQL Server 2008 R2 that is managed by a utility control point.

Collector Types

Describes the generic collector types that are provided with the data collector.

Data Collector Security

Describes security for the various data collector components, as well as the data retained in the management data warehouse.

Data Collector Logging

Describes the data collector run-time logging mechanism and the information that is provided by the logs that it creates.

Data Collector Error Handling

Describes data collector error handling and error recovery.

The Management Data Warehouse

Describes the management data warehouse that the data collector uses for storing collected data.

Managing Data Collection How-to Topics

Describes using SQL Server Management Studio and Transact-SQL to configure and manage data collection.

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