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In SQL Server 2008 there is a permissions VIEW SERVER STATE. What rights this permission give to user? What SQL Server mean by SERVER STATE?

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Read Dynamic Management Views and Functions

Dynamic management views and functions return server state information that can be used to monitor the health of a server instance, diagnose problems, and tune performance.

There are two types of dynamic management views and functions:

  • Server-scoped dynamic management views and functions. These require VIEW SERVER STATE permission on the server.
  • Database-scoped dynamic management views and functions. These require VIEW DATABASE STATE permission on the database.
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    I would mention that there are security implications for allowing the use of DMV's and DMF's -- in particular, they allow looking at queries and query parameters, which can contain confidential info. Not a problem if there is only one database on the server and the user can already look at everything in the DB. But how often is that the case? – jmoreno May 13 '16 at 0:36

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