We get a lot of performance related questions on SQLHelp and often you will need to see the query plan(s) involved to be able to diagnose the posters’ questions. SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) supports exporting the query plans to a file that can be attached to the posts in almost any forum. Some forums have limitations on the types of files that can be uploaded and they may need to zip file before attaching it.

Some users may not want or may not be allowed to share query plans as they contain database object names. SQLSentry added the ability to upload plans that have had potentially sensitive information obfuscated and uploaded to their Answers forum on SQLPErformance.com directly from their Plan Explorer Pro tool. You can read more about this tool in this blog post by Aaron Bertrand: A new Q & A site, with plan uploads directly from Plan Explorer!.