"Kimberly mentioned that SQL Server has a 'black-box' trace, similar to an
aircraft flight-recorder, which I'd never heard of. It's an internal trace that
has the last 5MB of various trace events and it's dumped to a file when SQL
Server crashes. This can be really useful if you're troubleshooting an issue
that causing SQL Server to crash or someone or something is telling SQL Server
to shutdown and its unclear who or what is doing it."
Read here how to turn it on: http://blogs.msdn.com/sqlserverstorageengine/archive/2007/06/03/sql-server-s-black-box.aspx
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