If you've ever sat watching the import solution dialog with CRM2011 and wondering if it's actually doing anything - provided you are using OnPrem - I've got just the thing for you.
Try running the following SQL on your <OrgName>_MSCRM database - you'll get a far more responsive progress indicator!
Select top 1 StartedOn,Progress,CompletedOn from ImportJob (nolock)
order by startedon desc
Thanks for reading!