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  1. 3 votes
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    • Able to change the user interface between a light and dark look.

      Have a user setting where you can toggle between a dark and light interface. The dark interface would look really good in NOC settings and allow the colorful graphs and data to pop out more.

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      • Add development machines without a license.

        You should be able to add development machines at no additional cost if you already have a production license. If you do not have a license for the development instance then the features can be scaled back to only allow you to view alerts.

        4 votes
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        • Correct Database file usage alerts with In-Memory/Filestream Filegroups

          The Database file usage alerts in V 8.2 are great, however they do not work correctly with Filestream filegroups. per https://forum.red-gate.com/discussion/comment/153592 they are not supported.

          Please either add support for these filegroup types or disable them by default so we are not spammed by alerts for something that's not valid.

          Thanks,
          -Luke.

          5 votes
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          • Stop being nagged about maintenance windows - because they don't fit our operation

            We don't have regular maintenance windows. Getting a nagging remainder about setting maintenance windows every login is very annoying. I'm currently running SQL Monitor 8.0.16.15996.

            Yes, I know that this has been raised before but that particular question has been "closed".

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            • See who is using SQL monitor

              Before I upgrade SQL Monitor I'd like to see who is logged in/using it so I can inform them.

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              • "Installed Versions" tab needs to be aware of GDR updates

                Only Service Packs and Cumulative Updates are currently included in the version list maintained by Redgate, which drives the "Installed Versions" tab. GDR updates are not included.

                In my estate, this has resulted in SQL Server 2012 SP4 installations showing as being fully up to date, when there is a GDR update from January available, to address Meltdown/Spectre.

                Microsoft's official line on GDR updates for SQL Server is:

                "A GDR addresses an issue that has a broad customer impact, that has security implications, or that has both. A GDR is determined and issued by Microsoft as appropriate and when appropriate.…

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                • Remove dropped database from Configuration>Monitored servers

                  I would like to be able to delete a database from Configuration>Monitored servers, if that database has been dropped from the monitored SQL server.
                  As it stands now, if a database has been dropped, I have to remove it manually from the RedGateSQLMonitor database via script.

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                  • Allow maximum number of email notifications in a 24-hour period alert to be sent to another email address

                    Currently if too many alerts for a particular object are received an alert email is sent noting that no more emails will be sent. I want to be able to specify that email is sent to a different address than the default.

                    For example, we may get a large number of deadlocks. after the first 150 the alert emails are silenced. We configure deadlock alerts go to our normal email address because generally they aren't urgent, however when 150 or more are received there is a definite problem that needs to be reviewed. That should go to our pager email…

                    9 votes
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                    • Be able to set an Alert to escalate when it has been active for a certain amount of time.

                      I have a several different Jobs that fail periodically, once in a while is not a big problem but when they continue to fail over a period of time it does become a problem and I need to know. Likewise when I have an AG is slow to sync in the middle of the night when it is rebuilding all of the indexes of a 1.2TB database and syncing across to locations in 2 states I don't want to be paged, but if it is persistent through the day I do.

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                      • Export options for "Head Blocker" diagram

                        The "Overviews | BLOCKING PROCESSES (TOP 10 BY TIME)" shows a really nice chart of the blocking chain. It would be useful if this could be exported to an image file and/or a CSV.

                        15 votes
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                        • Group alerts into a hierarchy

                          I want to be able to group alerts into a hierarchy so that for instance when a server goes offline, all of the other alerts generated such as instance unavailable are not generated.

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                          • 3 votes
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                            • See last backup of each type in Overview page

                              Currently the backup section in a database on the overview page shows the backups that happened in the selected range, and it only shows the last backup of each type that happens. We have a database that does full backups once a week and then differentials.

                              It would be helpful at a glance to see the status of the last backup of each type regardless of if it happened in the time window or not. Maybe hide the last differential if it happened before the last full.

                              6 votes
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                              • Display on TV screen

                                Hi, We run Yodeck boxes to display content on TV's
                                This has a scripting function to pass some logon details
                                It would be good if I could have a read only view of the server dashboard or help identify the submit button to script it
                                Ive tried - Only the password is entered

                                type("""#password""","""MYPASSWORD""")
                                click("""#remember-password""")
                                click("""#submit""")

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                                • I would like to be able to install an update without having to change the browser port.

                                  I start with port 8080, when installing an update the port is "in-use" so I have to switch to port 8081, with the next update I switch back to port 8080.
                                  Surely the update should be smart enough to see there is a running process and either disable the web process until the update is finished, or make the update without having to change the port

                                  3 votes
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                                  • see the dates in UK format in the Estate - Installed Versions tab

                                    the release date and end of mainstream support date are both shown in USA format i.e. mm/dd/yyyy

                                    7 votes
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                                    • Execute an action when a custom metric alert is rising

                                      It would be helpful when you could pin an action to a custom metric alert.

                                      3 votes
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                                      • Dynamic Report names

                                        It should be possible to have dynamic fields in the report name similar to the way Backup Pro implements backup names. So when the report is emailed the attachment could be easily saved without having to rename it.
                                        For example "MyReportsBaseName_<YYYYMMDD>_<HH:MM>"

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Be able to report on current alert configuration at All Servers and Specific Servers/Instance levels

                                          Be able to run a report or create an output file that lists default and customized alert settings at All Server, Server and Instance level (Including notification setup).

                                          This is a common request from management and at this point the only option I can think is to setup a spreadsheet and start going through all the alerts.

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