Kalen Delaney has been working with SQL Server for over 26 years and provides SQL Server training and consulting to clients around the world. Her most recent book is SQL Server 2012 Internals (Microsoft Press).
SQL Server 2012 includes a new undocumented DMV which is actually a function that returns one row for each page, just like DBCC IND. However, because it's a DMV, it returns tabular data, and it can queriered just like a table.
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