Using DMV ( Dynamic Management View ) and DMF ( Dynamic Management Function ) | SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting -4


I will continue to explain how to Troubleshoot Performance problems of SQL Server in this Article Series.

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SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting


Read previous article before this.

Monitoring Performance Counters via PERFMON | SQL Server Performance Troubleshooting -3



DMV ( Dynamic Management View )

With DMV ( Dynamic Management Views ) and DMF ( Dynamic Management Functions) introduced in SQL Server 2005, you can monitor all activities occurred in database, performance status, and display System information for managing and monitoring databases.

All databases (Oracle, SQL Server, MySQL, Sybase, PostreSQL, DB2, etc.) collect Some internal information ( Session,Process etc. activities and their statistics )  about the system and provides these data as System tables and Views.

In order to obtain information about the OS and Database, following informations are generally available in the System tables that are updated periodically by SQL Server.


  • General Information about Database and Database Server (Name, Edition, Version,Character Set etc.)
  • Active Queries
  • CPU, I / O and Memory usage of Active Queries
  • Execution Plan
  • Index used by a Running Query
  • I/O wait in Memory, Disk and Network
  • Missing Indexes that adversely affect the performance of the Database
  • Usage rates of indexes (Scan, Seek values)
  • Response time of disks


DMF ( Dynamic Management Function )

Although DMV and DMF seem like the same in SQL Server, the difference between them can be directly queried as the name of DMV, whereas DMF are functions that take a parameter and return a table accordingly.


sql server dmv


Thanks to DMV and DMFs, you can monitor critical databases running as Production, identify problems immediately and take action accordingly. With these queries, you can query most CPU, I / O and Memory Consuming statements from active running queries in the Database, find the missing index tables and find slow running queries.



All DMV and DMF available in SQL Server can be queried with the following query.


select name,type_desc from sys.system_objects where name like 'dm%' order by name;



These DMVs and DMFs used in SQL Server provide information to users according to Categories like  Session, Database, OS (Operating System), Transaction, etc. For example; DMV and DMF at Database category start with sys.dm_db or DMV and DMF related to Transactions start with sys.dm_tran.

The list of DMV and DMF by categories is as follows.




Most common used DMV and DMF are like following.


Execution( SQL, Query,Process etc ):  Active running queries’ DMV and DMF which provide information such as which user is called from which machine, processes, estimated end times and Query statistics.

The most important ones are as follows.

  • sys.dm_exec_query_stats (DMV)
  • sys.dm_exec_requests (DMV)
  • sys.dm_exec_sessions (DMV)
  • sys.dm_exec_connections (DMV)
  • sys.dm_exec_query_plan (DMF)
  • sys.dm_exec_sql_text (DMF)
  • sys.dm_exec_cached_plans (DMV)
  • sys.dm_exec_cursors (DMF)


Database : It is DMV and DMF which gives necessary information about Index, Mirroring and partitioning at database level. The most important ones are as follows.

  • sys.dm_db_missing_index_details ( DMV)
  • sys.dm_db_missing_index_columns ( DMF )
  • sys.dm_db_missing_index_groups (DMV)
  • sys.dm_db_missing_index_group_stats (DMV)
  • sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats (DMV)
  • sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats (DMF)
  • sys.dm_db_index_operational_stats (DMF)
  • dm_db_partition_stats (DMV)
  • sys.dm_db_mirroring_connections (DMV)


Operating System: It is DMV and DMF which gives necessary information about Operating system. The most important ones are as follows.
  • sys.dm_os_sys_info (DMV)
  • sys.dm_os_sys_memory(DMV)
  • sys.dm_os_waiting_tasks(DMV)
  • sys.dm_os_wait_stats(DMV)
  • sys.dm_os_waiting_tasks (DMV)
  • sys.dm_os_performance_counters(DMV)
  • sys.dm_os_cluster_nodes (DMF)
Transaction: It is DMV and DMF which gives necessary information about Transaction. The most important ones are as follows.
  • sys.dm_tran_active_transactions (DMV)
  • sys.dm_tran_session_transactions (DMV)
  • sys.dm_tran_database_transactions (DMV)
  • sys.dm_tran_current_transaction (DMV)
Let’s go to use DMV and DMF for querying TOP 10 CPU statements. You can query TOP 10 CPU Statements in the database using DMV and DMF like following.


select top 10
 case when sql_handle IS NULL
 then '' 
 else ( substring(st.text,(qs.statement_start_offset+2)/2,
 case when qs.statement_end_offset = -1 
 then len(convert(nvarchar(MAX),st.text))*2 
 else qs.statement_end_offset 
 end - qs.statement_start_offset) /2 ) )
 end as query_text
, qp.query_plan
, (total_worker_time+0.0)/1000 as total_worker_time
, (total_worker_time+0.0)/(execution_count*1000) as [AvgCPUTime]
, total_logical_reads as [LogicalReads]
, total_logical_writes as [logicalWrites]
, execution_count
, creation_time
, last_execution_time
, total_logical_reads+total_logical_writes as [AggIO]
, (total_logical_reads+total_logical_writes)/(execution_count + 0.0) as [AvgIO]
, db_name(st.dbid) as database_name
, st.objectid as object_id
from sys.dm_exec_query_stats qs
cross apply sys.dm_exec_sql_text(sql_handle) st
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_query_plan(qs.plan_handle) AS qp
where total_worker_time > 0 
order by total_worker_time desc;


When I run the above query in the AdventureWorks test database that I used for my tests, output will be as follows.

SQL Server TOP CPU Query


I will share the script  ( Include OS and Database DMV and DMF ) that gives general information about the OS that SQL Server database instance is runing, such as Total CPU, Memory, Total Disk Size, Database Size and Transaction Log Size.


This script is especially needed when preparing your database inventories.


sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1;
sp_configure 'Ole Automation Procedures', 1;
DECLARE @hr int
DECLARE @fso int
DECLARE @drive char(1)
DECLARE @odrive int
DECLARE @TotalSize varchar(20) DECLARE @MB Numeric ; SET @MB = 1048576
CREATE TABLE #drives (drive char(1) PRIMARY KEY, FreeSpace int NULL,
TotalSize int NULL) INSERT #drives(drive,FreeSpace) EXEC
master.dbo.xp_fixeddrives EXEC @hr=sp_OACreate
'Scripting.FileSystemObject',@fso OUT IF @hr <> 0 EXEC sp_OAGetErrorInfo
FOR SELECT drive from #drives ORDER by drive
OPEN dcur FETCH NEXT FROM dcur INTO @drive
EXEC @hr = sp_OAMethod @fso,'GetDrive', @odrive OUT, @drive
IF @hr <> 0 EXEC sp_OAGetErrorInfo @fso EXEC @hr =
@odrive,'TotalSize', @TotalSize OUT IF @hr <> 0 EXEC sp_OAGetErrorInfo
@odrive UPDATE #drives SET TotalSize=@TotalSize/@MB WHERE
drive=@drive FETCH NEXT FROM dcur INTO @drive
Close dcur
EXEC @hr=sp_OADestroy @fso IF @hr <> 0 EXEC sp_OAGetErrorInfo @fso
--SELECT @@Servername
--drive, TotalSize as 'Total(MB)', FreeSpace as 'Free(MB)' FROM #drives
--ORDER BY drive
( Logical_CPU_Count bigint,
 Hyperthread_Ratio bigint,
 Physical_CPU_Count bigint,
 Physical_Memory_MB bigint
 cpu_count AS [Logical_CPU_Count] 
 ,hyperthread_ratio AS [Hyperthread_Ratio]
 ,cpu_count/hyperthread_ratio AS [Physical_CPU_Count]
 , physical_memory_kb/1024 AS [Physical_Memory_MB]
FROM sys.dm_os_sys_info
CREATE TABLE #DatabaseInfo
( Machine_Name varchar(50),
 Instance_Name varchar(50),
 Sql_Server_Name varchar(50),
 Total_Database_log_size_MB bigint,
 Total_Database_log_used_MB bigint,
 Total_Database_Data_File_Size_MB bigint
INSERT INTO #DatabaseInfo
select convert(varchar(50),serverproperty('MachineName')) 'Machine_Name'
 ,convert(varchar(50),isnull(serverproperty('InstanceName'),'mssqlserver')) 'Instance_Name'
 ,convert(varchar(50),@@SERVERNAME) 'Sql_Server_Name'
 ,sum(ls.cntr_value/1024) as [Total_Database_log_size_MB]
 ,sum(lu.cntr_value/1024)as [Total_Database_log_used_MB]
 ,sum(ds.cntr_value/1024) as [Total_Database_Data_File_Size_MB]
from sys.databases d
 left outer join sys.dm_os_performance_counters as lu on and lu.counter_name like N'Log File(s) Used Size (KB)%'
 left outer join sys.dm_os_performance_counters as ls on and ls.counter_name like N'Log File(s) Size (KB)%' and ls.cntr_value > 0
 left outer join sys.dm_os_performance_counters as lp on and lp.counter_name like N'Percent Log Used%'
 left outer join sys.dm_os_performance_counters as ds on and ds.counter_name like N'Data File(s) Size (KB)%'
where d.database_id>4; -- sistem database ler haric
WITH SizeDisc AS
( -- sunucu üzerindeki tüm drive size ve free size bilgisi
SELECT SUM(TotalSize) as 'Total_Disc_Sizeon_Server_MB', 
SUM(FreeSpace) as 'Total_Free_Disc_SizeOn_Server_MB' 
FROM #drives
SELECT * FROM #DatabaseInfo,#CPUInfo,SizeDisc
DROP TABLE #DatabaseInfo
/* Disabling Ole Automation Procedures */
sp_configure 'show advanced options', 1;
sp_configure 'Ole Automation Procedures', 0;


The output of the script is as follows.





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