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I've found this link: Changes to Extended Events Permission Requirements in SQL Server 2012 that mentions the need of CONTROL SERVER permission for using extended events on SQL Server 2008. I want to grant access to extended events to developers, is not any other way to do it? We are running on SQL Server 2008R2.

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Check the details in the Create an Extended Events Session Using Query Editor MSDN article. It's for SQL Server 2012, but it should be valid for 2008 too; the ALTER ANY EVENT SESSION permission should be granted.

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