Buffer Pool Space in SQL Server 2005


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Problem
I need to determine what objects/structures are consuming the largest amount of space at a given time (or over time) within the SQL Server buffer pool. How can I achieve this in SQL Server 2005?

Solution
In SQL Server 2000, this was a bit complicated to determine to say the least, however with SQL Server 2005's new dynamic management functions/views, it's become exponentially easier to gain this type of insight; additionally, it's also become easy to aggregate this information for use/display/reporting purposes.

Procedure 1
In this scenario, the use of the sys.dm_os_buffer_descriptors DMV optionally correlated against other catalog views within a given database will provide you all the information you need to get this type of information.

Below are a couple of possible solutions to retrieving this type of data. The first and simpler of two procedures provide you with aggregated information from the DMV rolled-up on a per database, file, and page type combination (page type being things like data pages vs. index pages vs. PFS pages vs. etc., etc.). It's a simple procedure with no parameters and a single select statement with some grouping, rollup, and sorting.

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Here is sample output from the first 10 rows of the result set.

Procedure 2
The second and more complex of the procedures provides more detailed information for each given database on the system - instead of providing only server-level information (like what database, file, etc. is consuming the buffer pool), it will dig into specific database(s) to provide more targeted information within the given database(s) in regards to specific indexes/tables/views/etc. that are utilizing the most space. Optional parameters are included to target to a specific database, all databases on the system, system level only information, and return only a certain number of results.

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Here is sample output from the first 10 rows of the result set.

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Last Updated: 2007-02-26


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