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The charts are based on 2.1 TB of data collected from 4207 instances uploaded by 323 Spotlight users over an 8 week period.


Category: Idle
SQL Server versions: 2000, 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

This is an idle wait and so it can be safely ignored.


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This really should be called "Not Waiting"

Very rare

This wait never occurs for most instances

For each of 4207 instances, we ranked MISCELLANEOUS on how frequent it is compared to all other recent waits. The chart shows the total of all rankings.

Prevalence of MISCELLANEOUS across the Spotlight Population

For 52 % of hours with this wait, average wait time is above 5 seconds

For each instance, we found all the recent hours when it had a MISCELLANEOUS wait. We found the average latency for each of those hours.

14 instances contributed data to this chart

Latency Distribution of MISCELLANEOUS across the Spotlight Population