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How to: Specify Events for a Trace File (SQL Server Profiler)

This topic describes how to specify event classes and data columns for traces by using SQL Server Profiler.

To specify events and data columns for a trace

  1. On the Trace Properties or Trace Template Properties dialog box, click the Events Selection tab.

    The Events Selection tab contains a grid control. The grid control is a table that contains each of the traceable event classes. The table contains one row for each event class. The event classes can differ slightly depending on the type and version of server to which you are connected. The event classes are identified in the Eventscolumn of the grid and are grouped by event category. The remaining columns list the data columns that can be returned for each event class.

  2. On the Events Selectiontab, use the grid control to add or remove events and data columns from the trace file.

  3. To remove events from the trace, clear the check box in the Events column for each event class.

  4. To include events in a trace, check the box in the Events column for each event class, or check a data column that corresponds to an event.

Important noteImportant

If the trace is going be correlated with System Monitor or Performance Monitor data, both Start Time and End Time data columns must be included in the trace.

When you include an event class, every associated data column is also included to the trace, if you have checked the box corresponding to an event. If you checked the box for a particular column, only that column is included in the trace.

  1. To remove data columns from an event class, clear the check boxes from the data column in the event class row, or right-click on the column header and select the Deselect column option.

  2. Optionally, apply filters to the trace. For more information, see How to: Filter Events in a Trace (SQL Server Profiler)

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