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  1. Report Poller Error - turn off the PFUR

    There is an administrative event error in windows event log occurring every minute or less. This error is unrelated to report poller and is product feature usage reporting (PFUR) unsuccessfully reporting back to redgate. I have been assured this message is harmless, but I think anything that is happening every minute on the server is bound to have some detrimental effect.

    Please add a feature to turn off this usage reporting.

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  2. Wider parameters for reports

    Incorporate ability to run reports for a group of monitored servers for a longer duration. For example: Report of unreachable status on 12 different servers for the past year.

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  3. Support 3rd party HA tools such as DxEnterprise

    3rd party HA tools such as DxEnterprise allow for failover of a virtual host (VHOST) from one Server (virtual or physical) to another in the event something happens to the VHOST. In the failover process, it will pull all of the associated disks along with the VHOST to the new machine it is going to be hosted on. If RedGate SQL Monitor is configured to monitor the physical server, things work well until you need to fail over. Then you get alerts of disk changing from 20% free to 0 bytes free and the failed-over SQL instance(s) are no longer…

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  4. Alternate color background on dashboard server groups

    Could you add some alternating color background to different server groups on the overview dashboard so the swimlanes are much easier to distinguish

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  5. Alert for Available Space on Backup Disk

    There is a configurable alert for when disk space assigned to a logical disk reaches a threshold but not an alert for backup disk assigned to a disk other than the logical disk.

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  6. Configure Alert-Ended messages at alert type level

    in the global settings I can configure, that I want to receive deescalation mails when an alert ended (e.g. CPU went back to normal, Server available again ...).

    For many alerts this makes sense, but for other alerts not so much or not for everybody (e.g. deadlock alerts, the custom failed-logins alert, job-failed alerts...).

    So it would be nice, if I could configure this (as most other options) at least at alert type level or better down on group / server / database etc.

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  7. Commit to supporting Linux in some way

    Linux is the future of sql server. If you've not deployed SQL 2019 AlwaysOn on Kubernetes I'd highly suggest you do. The install is lightning fast compared to clunky Windows installers of the past. I really feel like Redgate is taking a slow poison by not getting on this sooner. Honestly most of the metrics in sql monitor come from the internals of sql. All we really need from Linux is probably free disk space and cpu.

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  8. Monitor Backups LSNs in Always On Availability Groups

    With Always on Availability Groups, Error is... Log backup for database "XXX" on a secondary replica failed because the last backup LSN from the primary database is greater than the current local redo LSN. And SQL Monitor cannot check for this. I would like to see if SQL monitor can catch it before the Azure Backup Vault fails to backup every 15 minutes.

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  9. Be able to monitor Basic Availability Groups. Currently Basic Availability Groups are not supported

    Be able to monitor Basic Availability Groups. Currently Basic Availability Groups are not supported

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  10. It would be nice to be able to exclude names of databases to be backed up instead of un clicking them one at a time .

    It would be nice to be able to exclude names of databases to be backed up instead of un clicking them one at a time .
    This should be similar to the long running queries where you have the option to exclude.

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  11. Be able to customize alerts by job

    I would like to be able to customize alerts by job. For instance, I have many jobs that run multiple times per hour. If it fails once or twice, I don't want to be alerted about it. However, if it fails 3+ times in a row, I want to be alerted.

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  12. Include more details regarding a disk space usage/free report

    What I'm looking for is that for today, the D: drive is this filesize, e.g. 500gb. Once the report runs again the following week, it is 505 gb and so on. Then it would summarize that there is a differential of 5 gb which is the growth.

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  13. Overview - Drill-through ability on Splits/sec to the Queries causing it

    So we get to the "Analysis" page when clicking on a peak in the Page Splits/sec graph. But that tells me the same thing, in larger form, but not the root cause...

    It's the root cause of 20K/sec I'm after... So, please give us the CHOICE of drill-through, to the responsible queries grid, or some other place. It's only useful if the ACTUAL queries causing the splits are listed, not just a repetition of the top-10.

    Thanks.

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  14. know who ran SQL Compare and what changed

    within SQL Monitor when it flags that SQL Compare ran, it would be good to be able to see who ran the job and what was changed. Currently the job is flagged in SQL Monitor but there seems to be no further details other than what database it ran on.

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  15. Show current RPO

    Show current backup RPO and allow us to click the graph to see specific databases under each RPO grouping (>15 minutes, >30 minutes, etc).

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  16. SQL Agent jobs with a 'cancelled' status are incorrectly flagged as 'Job failing' in the Alert Inbox

    With Always On related SQL Agent jobs, an initial job step is added to check whether the target database is Primary/Secondary on the cluster node. If 'Primary', then continue with subsequent job steps, if 'Secondary' then stop and do not attempt any further job steps. In circumstances where the job is stopped the last run outcome is shown as 'Canceled' - however, SQL Monitor shows these particular status jobs as 'Job failing' in the Alert Inbox. The job hasn't really failed and has been stopped in a controlled way. Can the status of these job be correctly identified please?

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    Thanks for this suggestion and the supporting comments.

    We are discussing three possible solutions to this:

    1. Job Failure alert to no longer trigger on cancelled jobs.
    2. As above by default, but add option to include cancelled jobs in Job Failure alerts.
    3. Create new alert for Job Cancelled and fix Job Failure alert to no longer trigger on cancelled jobs.

    It would be useful to get your thoughts on these or other possible solutions.

    Thanks,
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  17. Cluster Roles that have been renamed should no longer have an entry with the old name

    Over the last year and a half I have migrated several SQL FCI's to new windows clusters, new hardware, windows and SQL versions. To accomplish this with minimal downtime I had to setup the cluster roles ahead of time with everything ready to go prior to doing a final tlog backup/restore and rename of the cluster instances. This has worked well for us however SQL Monitor creates a new server record when the instance is renamed and never gets rid of the original name of the the new instance. This has left me with SQL Monitor still showing this nonexistent…

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  18. Limit the number of backup entries listed for Estate Backup details

    When viewing the backup details of a database in the Estate Backup view, the number of backups listed severly impact the usability. It seem to retrieve all backups done and stored in the SQL monitor DB or in msdb. As we have frequent log backups, this list is very long and heavy to retrieve and display.

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  19. Find Queries / Stored Procs whose Performance has Decreased Over Time

    In preparation for changing the database compatibility level for our primary database to 2014, we would like to see which queries and stored procedures are performing poorly after the switch is made in the staging environment. While I can do this to a limited extent by looking at top queries in Red Gate Monitoring, I was wondering if there was an automated way to alert on this. For example, alert on any stored procedures / queries that appear in the top 100 costliest queries by duration / CPU usage, whose average duration / CPU usage has more than doubled since…

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  20. Log Alert Action Activity

    Please store activity such as who clears alerts and when for the alert details.

    Also, it'd be nice to have an overall auditing of who changed what when on various other parts of the website.

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