Buffer pool reports

I’ve been looking at SQL Server buffer pool usage for quite a while, but at my current job, I had the idea of tracking it daily.   The stats are taken in the early evening, so it may not properly track what happens during the day or at night.   But it is meant to give a general idea of  memory usage.

I’ll start with an image, to inspire you to read the rest of the post.


The real work here happens with the nightly data collection.

Here’s what you need to set up the collection.  First, set up the tables.

CREATE TABLE [dba].[BufferPool_Current](
[BufferPoolID] [INT] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
[CollectionDate] [DATE] NULL,
[db_buffer_pages] [INT] NULL,
[db_buffer_MB] [INT] NULL,
[db_buffer_percent] [DECIMAL](6, 3) NULL,
( [BufferPoolID])

CREATE TABLE [dba].[BufferPool_Historical](
[BufferPoolID] [int] IDENTITY(1,1) NOT NULL,
[CollectionDate] [date] NULL,
[DB_NAME] [varchar](50) NULL,
[db_buffer_pages] [int] NULL,
[db_buffer_MB] [int] NULL,
[db_buffer_percent] [decimal](6, 3) NULL,
( [BufferPoolID] )

Schedule this SQL to run every day:

TRUNCATE TABLE dba.BufferPool_Current;

DECLARE @total_buffer INT;

SELECT @total_buffer = cntr_value
FROM sys.dm_os_performance_counters
WHERE RTRIM([object_name]) LIKE '%Buffer Manager'
AND counter_name = 'Total Pages';

;WITH src AS
database_id, db_buffer_pages = COUNT_BIG(*)
FROM sys.dm_os_buffer_descriptors
--WHERE database_id BETWEEN 5 AND 32766
GROUP BY database_id
INSERT dba.BufferPool_Current
( CollectionDate, db_name, db_buffer_pages, db_buffer_MB, db_buffer_percent )
GETDATE() AS CollectionDate,
[db_name] = CASE [database_id] WHEN 32767
THEN 'Resource DB'
ELSE DB_NAME([database_id]) END,
db_buffer_MB = db_buffer_pages / 128,
db_buffer_percent = CONVERT(DECIMAL(6,3),
db_buffer_pages * 100.0 / @total_buffer)
FROM src
ORDER BY db_buffer_MB DESC;

INSERT dba.BufferPool_Historical
( CollectionDate, [db_name], db_buffer_pages, db_buffer_MB, db_buffer_percent )
SELECT CollectionDate, [db_name], db_buffer_pages, db_buffer_MB, db_buffer_percent
FROM dba.BufferPool_Current

Then in SSRS, create a Dataset with the following query.

This will pull the historical data for any databases that either
1. Have held over 5% of the buffer pool on average, the last 3 months
2. Have used over 20% of the buffer pool at any time during the last 3 months

SELECT CollectionDate, [db_name], db_buffer_percent
FROM [Admin].[dba].[BufferPool_Historical]
[db_name] IN(
FROM [Admin].[dba].[BufferPool_Historical]
WHERE CollectionDate >= dateadd(month,-3, getdate())
GROUP BY [db_name]
HAVING AVG(db_buffer_percent) > 5
OR [db_name] IN(
FROM [Admin].[dba].[BufferPool_Historical]
WHERE db_buffer_percent > 20
AND CollectionDate >= dateadd(month,-3, getdate())
AND CollectionDate >= dateadd(month,-3, getdate())

Create a line chart with the dataset.

For the values area, map out db_buffer_percent.
For the Category Groups, use CollectionDate
For the Series Groups, use db_name

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