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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: 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017

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


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PREEMPTIVE waits occur when SQL Server tasks get interrupted by the Operating System. SQL Server then has to give up its resources to "higher priority" tasks. This can be very detrimental to performance depending on how often you're seeing these waits and the overall impact.

Very common

This wait is very common for most instances

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

Prevalence of PREEMPTIVE_XE_GETTARGETSTATE across the Spotlight Population

For 27 % of hours with this wait, average wait time is around 2.7 ms

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

2432 instances contributed data to this chart

Latency Distribution of PREEMPTIVE_XE_GETTARGETSTATE across the Spotlight Population