UPDATE : Updated this query with bug fixed with one more enhancement SERVER – 2008 – 2005 – Find Longest Running Query – TSQL – Part 2.
Recently my company owner asked me to find which query is running longest. It was very interesting that I was not able to find any T-SQL script online which can give me this data directly. Finally, I wrote down very quick script which gives me T-SQL which has ran on server along with average time and maximum time of that T-SQL execution. As I keep on writing I needed to know when exactly logging was started for the same T-SQL so I had added Logging start time in the query as well.
The reason I started to use this script to find out longest running query as if query is changed a bit it will display it as new row and new log start time. This way when I am improving T-SQL query or Stored Procedure I can check their progress in the query and does not have to get bothered with previous data.
I always run following DBCC command before I started to use my query. Following DBCC commands clears the cache of the server and starts fresh logging of the query running time.
Run following query to find longest running query using T-SQL.
SELECT DISTINCT TOP 10
s.execution_count AS ExecutionCount,
s.max_elapsed_time AS MaxElapsedTime,
ISNULL(s.total_elapsed_time / s.execution_count, 0) AS AvgElapsedTime,
s.creation_time AS LogCreatedOn,
ISNULL(s.execution_count / DATEDIFF(s, s.creation_time, GETDATE()), 0) AS FrequencyPerSec
FROM sys.dm_exec_query_stats s
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text( s.sql_handle ) t
You can also add WHERE clause to above T-SQL query and filter additionally.
If you have not ran query like this previously on your server I strongly recommend to run this. I bet you will find surprising results.
Reference : Pinal Dave (