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I’ve posted a procedure that I wrote some time ago to make Adam Machanic’s sp_whoisactive easier to execute. It dumps the results of sp_whoisactive to a temporary table and selects the contents of that table. I’ve set EXEC sp_exec_whoisactive as one of my keyboard shortcuts in Management Studio. This makes it really easy to execute the proc repeatedly. If you aren’t using sp_whoisactive, I would advise stopping what you are doing and downloading it now. It is the most useful piece of code I’ve ever come across.

USE [master]

--Drop procedure if it exists
IF  EXISTS (SELECT * FROM sys.objects WHERE object_id = OBJECT_ID(N'[dbo].[sp_exec_whoisactive]') AND type in (N'P', N'PC'))
DROP PROCEDURE [dbo].sp_exec_whoisactive

-- =============================================
-- Author:		Frank Gill
-- Create date: 2014-03-17
-- Description:	This procedure executes Adam Machanic's sp_whoisactive, dumps the results to a temp table, and then selects the contents
--				'EXEC sp_whoisactive' can be set up as a keyboard shortcut to allow easy execution of the proc 
-- =============================================
CREATE PROCEDURE sp_exec_whoisactive

--Drop temp table if it exists
IF OBJECT_ID('tempdb..#WhoIsActive') IS NOT NULL 
	SELECT 'Dropping'
	DROP TABLE #WhoIsActive

--Create temp table to hold the results of sp_whoisactive
([dd hh:mm:ss.mss] VARCHAR(20)
,[dd hh:mm:ss.mss (avg)] VARCHAR(20)
,[session_id] SMALLINT
,[sql_text] XML
,[sql_command] XML
,[login_name] SYSNAME
,[wait_info] NVARCHAR(4000)
,[tran_log_writes] NVARCHAR(4000)
,[tempdb_allocations] VARCHAR(30)
,[tempdb_current] VARCHAR(30)
,[blocking_session_id] SMALLINT
,[blocked_session_count] VARCHAR(30)
,[reads] VARCHAR(30)
,[writes] VARCHAR(30)
,[physical_reads] VARCHAR(30)
,[query_plan] XML
,[used_memory] VARCHAR(30)
,[status] VARCHAR(30)
,[tran_start_time] DATETIME
,[open_tran_count] VARCHAR(30)
,[percent_complete] VARCHAR(30)
,[host_name] SYSNAME
,[database_name] SYSNAME
,[program_name] SYSNAME
,[start_time] DATETIME
,[login_time] DATETIME
,[request_id] INT
,[collection_time] DATETIME)

--Execute sp_whoisactive with #WhoIsActive set as the @destination_table parameter	
EXEC master.dbo.sp_WhoIsActive
@get_plans = 2, 
@get_outer_command = 1, 
@get_transaction_info = 1, 
@get_avg_time = 1, 
@find_block_leaders = 1,
@destination_table = #WhoIsActive

--Select the contents of #WhoIsActive, ordered by the blocked_session_count
--The ORDER BY clause can be removed or modified as necessary
SELECT * FROM #WhoIsActive
ORDER BY blocked_session_count DESC


Adam is teaching an all-day pre-conference seminar entitled Better Performance Through Parallelism on Friday, April 25th. It is the day before SQL Saturday #291 Chicago. This is a great opportunity to get a day’s worth of training from the author of sp_whoisactive for a very reasonable price. You can get more information and register here.

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