SQL Server Extended Events
Microsoft is deprecating Trace and Profiler, a staple for monitoring SQL server since forever, in favor of Extended Events, introduced in SQL 2008. Monitoring of some of the new features like AlwaysOn Availability Groups in SQL 2012, and a lot of additional features/options that hitherto weren't easily accessible with Trace and Profiler are only available through XEvents. Come see the new functionality and how you can take advantage.
Az Arunachalam has been working with SQL server since v4.21/SQLNT. He started as a network engineer managing Novell NetWare networks, graduated into managing Windows NT, moved onto development, and is currently working as a database architect with the VA Dept of Corrections leading a small team of smart integration specialists, report developers/analysts, and database administrators. He is also an organizer of the Richmond SQL Saturday event. In his spare time, he likes to tinker with Arduino/Netduino development, and looks forward to getting his hands on EV3.