Custom metrics in Analysis tab - allow grouping by metric type (machine / SQL Server instance / database)
In Analysis tab in the metric choice window all custom metrics are currently grouped together and sorted alphabetically. I'd like to see them grouped by type similar to the out-of-the-box metrics (machine / SQL Server instance / database) - the type could be a new parameter for each custom metric, manually entered / changed.
That would help when one has a lot of custom metrics.
- Machine metrics
- SQL Server metrics
- Database metrics
- Custom machine metrics
- Custom SQL Server metrics
- Custom database metrics
- (maybe also this: Custom uncategorized metrics)?
The current workaround is to prefix the custom metrics with their category (see http://monitor.red-gate.com/Analysis/Graphs). Because the metric list is ordered alphabetically, this means that Metrics in the same category are placed next to each other.
I’m worried that if we introduce explicit headers, we introduce additional noise for people who wouldn’t use all options in the metric selection list; we’d also add another option to our already quite complex custom metric creation wizard.
Thanks Blaz, that makes a lot of sense. I can see how the narrow metric selector would be problematic here. We are hoping to spend some time reviewing these controls in the near future, where I'll bring this issue up. I'm sure we can fix this!
Blaž Dakskobler commented
I'm already using the prefix workaround. It would be good enough, if not for the very narrow window where metrics are listed. Because of the prefix I can't see much of the metric name.
Could you make the metric list window wider at least? I'd gladly sacrifice some description width.
But if you do decide to implement some sort of grouping, you could always make it optional.
Thanks a lot for your suggestion Blaz.