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Article ID: 953850 - Last Review: August 29, 2008 - Revision: 2.0

Bug: #50002772 (SQL Hotfix)
Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2005 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2005 fix release.

SYMPTOMS

In System Monitor, you define an alert activity on one of the following performance counters of an instance of Microsoft SQL Server 2005:
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Performance objectPerformance counter
SQLServer:Access Methods Worktables From Cache Ratio
SQLServer:Broker/DBM TransportMsg Fragment Recv Size Avg
SQLServer:Broker/DBM Transport Msg Fragment Send Size Avg
SQLServer:Broker/DBM TransportReceive I/O Len Avg
SQLServer:Broker/DBM Transport Send I/O Len Avg
SQLServer:Buffer Manager Buffer cache hit ratio
SQLServer:Catalog MetadataCache Hit Ratio
SQLServer:Cursor Manager by Type Cache Hit Ratio
SQLServer:Databases Log Cache Hit Ratio
SQLServer:Latches Average Latch Wait Time (ms)
SQLServer:LocksAverage Wait Time Base (ms)
SQLServer:Plan Cache Cache Hit Ratio
SQLServer:Transactions Update conflict ratio
These performance counters should not appear in the performance counter list when you define an alert activity in System Monitor. Therefore, the alert activity is not executed when the alert criteria are met.

In SQL Server 2000, these performance counters do not appear in the performance counter list when you define an alert activity in System Monitor.

CAUSE

This issue occurs because these performance counters use an absolute value instead of a percentage value.

RESOLUTION

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 9. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
953752  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/953752/LN/ ) Cumulative update package 9 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2005 fix release. Microsoft recommends that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
937137  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937137/LN/ ) The SQL Server 2005 builds that were released after SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 was released
Microsoft SQL Server 2005 hotfixes are created for specific SQL Server service packs. You must apply a SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 hotfix to an installation of SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2. By default, any hotfix that is provided in a SQL Server service pack is included in the next SQL Server service pack.

STATUS

Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.

MORE INFORMATION

You can run the following statement to retrieve a list of the fractional performance counters in SQL Server 2005:
SELECT distinct
object_name, 
counter_name,
cntr_type
FROM
master.dbo.sysperfinfo
where cntr_type = 1073939712
For more information about what files are changed, and for information about any prerequisites to apply the cumulative update package that contains the hotfix that is described in this Microsoft Knowledge Base article, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
951217  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/951217/LN/ ) Cumulative update package 8 for SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2

REFERENCES

For more information about the list of builds that are available after SQL Server Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
937137  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/937137/LN/ ) The SQL Server 2005 builds that were released after SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2 was released
For more information about the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935897  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/935897/LN/ ) An Incremental Servicing Model is available from the SQL Server team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems
For more information about how to obtain SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
913089  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/913089/LN/ ) How to obtain the latest service pack for SQL Server 2005
For more information about the new features and the improvements in SQL Server 2005 Service Pack 2, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=71711 (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=71711)
For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/822499/LN/ ) New naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/824684/LN/ ) Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates

APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard X64 Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise X64 Edition
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Enterprise Edition for Itanium-based Systems
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition
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