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  1. Sorting for columns in Host Machine Metrics

    The OverViews page provide lots of useful information about our SQL servers including being able to see all of the disks on the host machines. However the order of the disk names seems random. Can we have sorting enabled in this section so we can sort by space used or Disk

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    • Replace SERVER identifier with a hosts file friendly name

      As the ALIAS feature isn't working consistently across all pages and, in particular, email alerts, the means to replace the name of a monitored server is needed.

      E.g., if someone, not a DBA or person familiar with SQL Monitor, set up each server as an I.P. address, or an equally meaningless Rackspace device ID, it is unreasonable to assume that I.P. or RS device translation to named server, which in our case is a customer name+nature combo, is held in every recipient's brain, or that we should carry around a pocket-sized hosts file printout...

      If a simple operation such as…

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      • Relative-day maintenance windows

        Rackspace maintenance days revolve around, for example, "Default week - Wednesday - 02:00 to 04:00", where "default week" is established in the service contract. That can change to early-week or (I forget the name) "late-week".

        Current SQL Monitor Maintenance Windows are wholly inadequate to record a "Default week is 2nd week of each month, maintenance on that week's Wednesday, at (the time period)".

        Without this, my PagerDuty Alerts go berserk during maintenance windows, and shy of having someone go and suspend monitoring at 2 in the morning and remember to turn it back on, it just keeps on sending out…

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        • Raise Free Space alerts on disks that are mounted, rather than simply drive letters/volumes

          In our clustered environments, instances are given a small drive for mounting the larger data/log/etc volumes within them.
          Whilst we always get a "disk full" warning on the mountpoint drives (subsequently disabled), there appears to be no ability to monitor the volumes that are mounted within, where we do care about free space.
          I do see that metrics for IO, latency etc are done on a per volume (not drive letter) basis, so would be great if we could have consistency.

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          • Add "not started within X minutes" delay before SQL Agent status alert raised

            In an unpredictable maintenance window environment, as in, SQL Monitor's abilities in the window setting arena are inadequate, there are a reasonable number of times when SQL Agent is restarted with good reason.

            As alerts are tied to pagerduty, it's a one size fits all Alert at present, which isn't helpful.

            If a "delay emitting Alert for X time periods" could be added to this Alert, the short-duration bounces will go un-alerted, which really helps on call personnel to avoid unnecessary awakenings for "it is of no matter" Alerts.

            In my case, there are 24 recorded incidents of this Alert,…

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            • REDGATE Monitor 5.1.2.3497 e-mail alert body should give detail with deadlock victim spid and query

              REDGATE Monitor 5.1.2.3497 e-mail alert body should give detail with deadlock victim spid and query

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              • Overview screen show as a list

                Show the overview screen as a list of servers. If you have a large number of servers to be monitored, there is no way to see all of them at once (other than zooming out of the screen). It defeats the purpose of monitoring if you can't see everything.

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                • See disk percentage free/used to Machine overview page

                  It would be useful to see disk percentage free/used on the machine overview page next to the used / allocated column. This would give us a quick idea of how full the machine's disk is percentage-wise without having to do the math elsewhere.

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                  • File and Filegroup Monitoring

                    Hello Team,

                    I am looking for File and Filegroup Monitoring in SQL Monitor.

                    So in the User Interface, i can see Each File group, The Number of Files in the Filegroup and Free and Used space by Each File in the Filegroup.

                    Thanks and Regards,
                    Mahesh Deshpande

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                    • Don't bloat plan cache

                      Fix this query so the nvarchar() parm is of a fixed size (or MAX). As is, each invocation is generating its own execution plan and bloating the plan cache.

                      (@p0 bigint,@p1 bigint,@p2 nvarchar(560))INSERT INTO [data].[Cluster_SqlServer_TopQueries_Instances] ([Id], [CollectionDate], [_QueryText]) VALUES (@p0, @p1, @p2)

                      (@p0 bigint,@p1 bigint,@p2 nvarchar(159))INSERT INTO [data].
                      [Cluster_SqlServer_TopQueries_Instances] ([Id], [CollectionDate], [_QueryText]) VALUES (@p0, @p1, @p2)

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                      • "CLEARED" alerts button should be renamed to "CLEAR".

                        On the alerts screen, there is an option to select alerts. If you want to clear the alerts selected you hit the button labeled "CLEARED".
                        Having the button marked "CLEARED" is confusing because it implies that the button is a filter rather than an action. It should be labeled "CLEAR" so you know you are performing an action.

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                        • Analysis Thresholds

                          One of the things I like about the free PAL tool, is that you can specify thresholds for each performance counter. Therefore, you can have a customizable red line which appears on your graph to easily tell you if your disk latencies are over 25ms or your free memory is less than 5% - for example.
                          I would like to see something similar on the Analysis screen on SQL Monitor. I would like to specify for each machine, SQL Server or Custom metric a warning threshold and a critical threshold. This makes it easier to troubleshoot performance issues as you…

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                          • The "Output" area for Deadlock events should be resizable

                            When viewing a Deadlock event, you can go to the "Output" tab to get details on what T-SQL was running when the deadlock occured. However, that window is quite small, and is not resizable.

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                            • Get the proc name from a deadlock alert

                              The Alert gives object_Id and database_id but your average 'accidental DBA' doesn't know the command

                              select OBJECT_NAME ( object_id [, database_id ] )
                              Perhaps somehow suggesting the command as context sensitive help?

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                              • SQL Monitor 5.2.5 upgrade dashboard server/SQL Server memory

                                Upon upgrading from 5,1 to 5.2.5 the new Global Dashboard no longer shows machine memory vs. memory being consumed by SQL Server. Why was this removed? This can be critical to see if SQL Server or any other process is using up all of the servers memory.

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                                • Reduce false positives due to log shipping / Mirroring

                                  On secondary server for log shipping/mirroring false positives can be generated for overdue backups/databases unavailable. If these technologies are used for DR purposes then having the checks ignored is unsafe. It is trivial to filter these out with the below code and I'm sure there is something similar in place for Availability Group databases already.

                                  SELECT *
                                  FROM sys.databases
                                  WHERE name NOT IN (SELECT secondary_database FROM msdb.dbo.log_shipping_secondary_databases UNION SELECT db_name(database_id) FROM msdb.sys.database_mirroring WHERE mirroring_role_desc = 'MIRROR')

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                                  • Filter "Blocking Process" alert by User or Application or Database

                                    We frequently get high-severity "Blocking process" alerts via email for a SSRS database that I'd like to ignore. We sometimes get so many alerts that the new SQL Monitor sends, "You've received more than 30 of these alerts in the past 24 hours so we're going to stop sending them for a while." Unfortunately the alerts caused by the SSRS database mean our Inbox is full of noise and we miss our important application database alerts.

                                    Please add the ability to filter which User/Application/Database cause these alerts to be raised, similar to some other alerts that support Regular Expression filters.

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                                    • Navigation for "rewind time" shouldn't hide navigation buttons

                                      The navigation controls for "rewind time" autohide when actively using this feature. Please consider enabling until "live" is chosen again to simplify operation to move back and forth in time increments.

                                      Issue submitting first time. if duplicate please close.

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                                      • add the table schema to alerts

                                        On that alert (fragmented index), you see a table name. It would be helpful to see the schema to which that table belongs.

                                        Medium Fragmented indexes

                                        Raised on: XXXXXXXX > RedGateMonitor
                                        Time raised: 26 Jun 2016 1:00 AM (UTC-04)
                                        Details
                                        Database name: RedGateMonitor

                                        Total number of indexes: 332
                                        Indexes above fragmentation threshold: 3

                                        Indexes last checked: 26 Jun 2016 1:00 AM
                                        Fragmented indexes:
                                        Index Table name Fragmentation(%) No. of pages
                                        Cluster_SqlServer_ServerWaits_UnstableSamples_Id_CollectionDate Cluster_SqlServer_ServerWaits_UnstableSamples 96 1175
                                        Cluster_SqlServer_SqlProcess_UnstableSamples_Id_CollectionDate Cluster_SqlServer_SqlProcess_UnstableSamples 96 3288
                                        Cluster_SqlServer_TopQueries_UnstableSamples_Id_CollectionDate Cluster_SqlServer_TopQueries_UnstableSamples 99 1758

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                                        • On the main dashboard please maintain a consistent ordering.

                                          Dashboard element sorting should be fixed preferably in alphabetical order. The whole idea of a dashboard should be to provide an at a glance view of the state of your server set. When you change the order from servername when all is green to some other order because something has triggered an alert on a server I have to spend extra time figuring out which server has an issue because the sort order has changed.

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