SQL Performance Dashboard…

Add a comment April 17th, 2010

The SQL Server 2005 Performance Dashboard Reports are Reporting Services report files designed to be used with the Custom Reports feature introduced in the SP2 release of SQL Server Management Studio. The reports allow a database administrator to quickly identify whether there is a current bottleneck on their system, and if a bottleneck is present, capture additional diagnostic data that may be necessary to resolve the problem. For example, if the system is experiencing waits for disk IO the dashboard allows the user to quickly see which sessions are performing the most IO, what query is running on each session and the query plan for each statement.

Common performance problems that the dashboard reports may help to resolve include:
– CPU bottlenecks (and what queries are consuming the most CPU)
– IO bottlenecks (and what queries are performing the most IO).
– Index recommendations generated by the query optimizer (missing indexes)
– Blocking
– Latch contention

The information captured in the reports is retrieved from SQL Server’s dynamic management views. There is no additional tracing or data capture required, which means the information is always available and this is a very inexpensive means of monitoring your server.

Reporting Services is not required to be installed to use the Performance Dashboard Reports.

Download it here:



  1. Execute the .msi file on your SQL server, and follow the prompts.
  2. Browse to: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\PerformanceDashboard\setup.sql and double click it.
  3. This will automatically open SSMS and display the content of setup.sql. 
  4. Connect to your database instance, and execute the setup.sql query which is already open, simply click execute.  It should complete successfully.
  5. Right click on your database instance, select Reports, then Custom Reports.  Browse to:
  6. C:\Program Files (x86)\Microsoft SQL Server\90\Tools\PerformanceDashboard and open performance_dashboard_main.
  7. This will access the performance dashboard and you can begin to better understand the performance of your SQL instance as well as how it affects your applications, such as SharePoint. =o)
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