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  1. Receive an alert for the process that is blocking not the process being blocked.

    We recently upgraded our SQL Monitor to version 5.1 and it appears there has been a change in the Blocking process metric. Before the upgrade we received an alert about a process that was blocking and after the upgrade it appears we receive an alert for each of the processes being blocked. We have set the threshold for 90 seconds and if there are three processes that are 30 seconds that total the 90 seconds, we receive an alert. However we don’t want to receive an alert for the 30 second blocked processes. Is there a way we can understand…

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    • SQL Monitor self update (or one click update)

      Instead of downloading and running a wizard, I would like to see a way for SQL Monitor to self update, or to have a 'one click' update button built in the interface.

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      • Quick view of whether Agent is up on all monitored servers

        If I go to the Configuration > Monitored servers tab, I can quickly see if all SQL Servers are up and running. It would be nice to also be able to quickly see if all SQL Server Agent services are up and running.

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        • Bring back the ability to list fragments of T-SQL to reduce Blocking Process alerts, please

          By FAR the largest number of abject NUISANCE Blocking Process alerts I get across 17 servers is due to a simple "How is fragmentation going?" query from a 3rd party product (Idera Defrag Manager).

          Looks like this:

          use [DBName] declare @indexId int declare @dbId int declare @tblId int declare @partitionId int set @partitionId = 0 select @dbId = ISNULL(DB_ID(),-1) if @dbId=-1 RAISERROR( N'Database does not exist or permission denied: %s', 16, 1, '[DBName]' ) else begin select @tblId = ISNULL(OBJECT_ID('[DBName].[dbo].[TableName]') ,-1) if @tblId=-1 RAISERROR( N'Table does not exist or permission denied: %s', 16, 1, '[DBName].[dbo].[TableName]' ) else begin select @indexId=index_id…

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          • SQL Monitore: I would like to see the response time I/O of database files.

            SQL Monitore: I would like to see the response time I/O of database files. Currently it is showing only on instance level but how can I see response time of a particular
            database.

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            • Alert based upon trend data

              We want to be able to alert when a value changes dramatically over a period of time. so if a system returns 110,105,112,40,38,52

              to eye ball that on a graph I can see there is a problem, however that may be at the peak time of the day and 38 might be a reasonable value for in the middle of the night, so having a threshold of a low value is not appropriate, the comparison mode of query for this situation would report a change of
              -5,+7,-72,-2,+14

              in here there is one large drop but then it is running stable,…

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              • Add "Re-send Email" for an Alert

                Some emails find black holes. Need option in the "Actions" dropdown to re-send an Alert email. Please pop-up the addressee dialog so we can direct/redirect to recipient list and add a custom subject to help us segregate the email into an email thread for discussion/attention.

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                • Filter disk space alerts for Quourum disks

                  Add a new criteria to the Disk monitoring, that allows me NOT to monitor disks that have less than X GB/MB of Total disk space.

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                  • Allow trace to be set at the individual alert level and severity

                    SQL Trace can highly impact the performance of the server. I can't benefit from trace right now as it's set on any alert to launch a trace.

                    Other monitoring tools, for instance Sql Sentry, allow the individual alert to be configured with settings for trace.

                    For example: A long running job might benefit from a trace, while a "dbcc checkdb " hasn't been run in a long time should not trigger a trace. This increases storage and server load for no benefit.

                    Please look into allowing traces to be configured based on the alert AND the severity level defined on…

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                    • Show a log of query activity

                      CONTEXT: When investigating a performance issue, I want to know what has been running

                      PROBLEM: SQL Monitor has rich query information on the overview screens, the performance diagnostics panels, and the query alerts, and the query trace in alert detail reports, but it's difficult to tie that information together

                      EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                      - Implement a query log
                      - Show query information on the analysis graph

                      21 votes
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                      • Custom reports against alerts, queries and metrics

                        CONTEXT: We want to see the bigger picture arising from the data presented in SQL Monitor.

                        PROBLEM: Currently you can't pull together a report in the SQL Monitor UI, and the monitoring database is not particularly accessible. We need reports against:
                        - The metrics shown in the analysis graph
                        - The top queries and waits
                        - The alerts raised over time
                        - Server configuration and SLA

                        EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                        - Provide reporting scripts against the monitoring database
                        - Privide a BI interface against the monitoring database
                        - Priovide richer data-export functionality in the UI
                        - Provide a report designer in the…

                        216 votes
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                        • Make comments apply to alert types, rather than individual incidents

                          CONTEXT: We use comments to document the root cause of alerts we encounter

                          PROBLEM: When alerts repeat, recovering the comments is a pain - they only apply to individual occurences, so don't get surfaced when they issues re-occur.

                          EXAMPLE SOLUIONS:
                          - Show historical comments in alerts
                          - When creating alerts, allow us to choose whether this applies to the whole alert type

                          ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:
                          Comments should also show when configuring alerts

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                          • Control Alerts Using Metadata

                            CONTEXT: We have a maintenance and backup solution which uses SQL Server as a backend to determine what databases to perform the tasks against, and at what time.

                            PROBLEM: Some databases do not have maintenance tasks running against them, but still have alerts which appear in SQL Monitor for them (e.g. Index Fragmentation). I don't want to manually exclude these from SQL Monitor, as the number of databases fluctuates, particularly on our testing and development environments.

                            EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                            - Provide a means of easily enabling/disabling/changing alerts dynamically using a stored procedure.

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                              For your usecase I recommend modifying the maintenance window metadata instead:

                              UPDATE s SET MW_IsEnabled = 1, —or 0 to enable alerts again MW_Start=0, —midnight MW_Duration=864000000000, —24 hours MW_Monday = 1, MW_Tuesday =1, MW_Wednesday=1, MW_Thursday=1, MW_Friday=1, MW_Saturday=1, MW_Sunday=1 FROM [settings].[SqlServers] s INNER JOIN [settings].[Clusters] c ON c.Id = s.ParentId WHERE c.Name = ‘hostname’ AND s.Name = ’’ —Set to SQL Server name or leave empty for unnamed instances

                              A restart of the base monitor service will be required after the change

                            • Baseline machine metrics across cluster failovers

                              CONTEXT: Using the Analysis graph for historical performance analysis of machine metrics on a cluster that failed over at least once

                              PROBLEM: Machine metrics are collected per node. Baselines of only one node can be shown at a time, and so no baseline view of performance on the "active" component can be synthesised.

                              EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                              • Enable multiple simultaneous baselines
                              • Implement synthetic (bimodal) baselines across cluster nodes
                              • Provide synthetic metrics for entites on the "active" component of a cluster

                              What do you think about these solutions? Got another idea? Let us know in the comments!

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                              • Drop markers on the graphs and add annotations

                                While working on performance tweaks it is customary to consult the analysis reports on a regular basis to see if our changes moved the needle. More often than not the tweaks are released one small batch at a time and it'd be nice to drop markers and custom annotations directly on the charts. I'd like to use that feature to add short phrases describing what was changed that led to the improvement, or degradation for that matter, of performance.

                                This would be by server (cluster/node) and by metric with the same retention period as the base data for that chart.

                                44 votes
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                                • Simpler Upgrade \ Patch Process

                                  The upgrade process is a bit long winded. It would be great if the system could be upgraded or patch with a single click. Ideally within SQL Monitor but if not, downloading the file and just selecting upgrade would be great.

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                                  • When using Windows authentication I want the read-only account/group option.

                                    I like the windows authentication but it doesn't have the read-only option. I would like to be able to add users and AD groups where I can limit the servers, but also make the data read-only, just like the options when not using Windows Authentication.

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                                      Unfortunately it’s very complex to have the “standard” user option alongside the “readonly” user option. Supporse you have standard access to server 1 but readonly access to server 2 (because you belong to an AD group that has this permission). Then in your alert inbox, you could clear some alerts, but not ohers.

                                      The best we could do is replace the standard user functionality with readonly user functionality – it’s not clear which one is preferable

                                    • Use the Base Monitor Service account to query Active Directory when using AD Credentials

                                      We are using a Managed Service Account to run SQL Monitor so we don't have to manage passwords. However we still need to have a regular domain account to query AD because there is no option other than to specify a username and password.

                                      What would be great is to have an option to use the base monitor service account to query AD instead of having to specify a username and password.

                                      This would work in a similar way to what already exists when setting up credentials for the server you monitor, where you can choose to connect to the…

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Analysis parsing of dates and multiple baselines using a text input search

                                        Allow the analysis and other date filters to provide the option to paste and try parsing the date based on matching common patterns (maybe even allowing user to define options in config file).

                                        For example, the standard SQL datetime2(0) of yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss pasted would convert to the date it parses.

                                        Maybe even consider taking a page from the freaking great design Simple Bank has started applying which is a text based filter applying friendly syntax. I have found this incredibly useful.

                                        They let you type in the search filter

                                        "last 3 months"
                                        "last week"
                                        "date:1/1/2015-1/15/2015"
                                        "date:1/1/15-1/15/15"

                                        and it immediate updates…

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                                        • Use extended events instead of trace when trace initialized due to alert

                                          I have seen a related idea https://sqlmonitor.uservoice.com/forums/91743-suggestions/suggestions/5717202-use-extended-events-for-deadlock-tracing-instead

                                          However, I'm expanding this. If the SQL version is high enough the trace of current activity should be using extended events instead of a trace, this would reduce the total impact to the server performance while also expanding the available information.

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