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  1. Sortable System Processes Grid

    On the Alert Details page, it would be nice if I could sort the grid under the "System Processes" tab. It currently shows processes sorted alphabetically by name. I would like to sort it by CPU or memory utilization to see top consumers. I currently have to copy the data to a spreadsheet to do that.

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    • suspend

      Hi,
      I think it's very important to show Suspended status of a monitored host/instance should be shown in dashboard.
      I had suspended monitoring on an instance and forgot to resume so I've missed monitoring for a while.
      I suggest to show the state of monitoring (Active or Suspended) maybe graphically/iconic, in the dashboard and Server overview pages

      3 votes
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      • Historical graph of how one query/Stored procedure is performing now compared to 2 months back

        Choose from top 50 of worst queries and check what is the difference now compared to the stats in the past in graphical view and create custom reports with graphical view

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        • View queries against specific database in real time

          View all running queries against a specific database with the details of the query and its duration.

          This will help in monitoring a specific query in any particular time

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          • improve speed when navigating through the GUI

            It takes quite sometime to navigate across the screens on V6.0 would be a welcome relief if we have performance improvement on the UI

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            • Resize the columns

              Be able to dynamically resize, refit columns so details could be seen.

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              • Specify a "details" query for custom metric

                When I define a custom metric it would be super-helpful to be able to see some details that gave rise to the metric value. For example, I have one for "count of failed SQL logins in the last 10 mins". But to find out which logins failed, I have to go run queries in SSMS.

                I'd like to be able to define a "details" query on the custom metric, the results of which are captured at time of collection, and are then available from the alert.

                9 votes
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                • I want to be able to document in SQL Monitor why an alert is set a certain way.

                  On the alert configuration screen for any alert, at any level I would like to see a comment type box where I can enter in the box the reason the alert is set as it is.

                  For example if I have disabled the backup overdue alert for a particular database I would like to be able to save that reason in this comment box. Or if I have changed the disk space usage for a particular drive on a server different than the default I want to be able to document the reason why.

                  I want to see this box…

                  6 votes
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                  • Sort or Filter Monitored Servers

                    In Configuration -> Monitored servers I would like to sort and filter the servers and have the grouping functionality applied to this screen. This would make it easier to find my server that I want to put a maintenance window on.

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                    • Monitor Azure SQL DWH

                      It'd be great to be able to monitor performance of queries on Azure SQL DWH, as there are a number of DMV's available to track usage. Also, the ability to see on the Dashboard what DWU level the Azure DWH instance is running on would raise value and awareness of the cost of it, at that point.

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                      • Don't bloat plan cache No. 2

                        I have ~15k variations of this query in my plan cache, each with varying handles and a varying number of INSERTs.

                        DECLARE @plans TABLE (plan_handle varbinary(64) NOT NULL)
                        INSERT INTO @plans VALUES(0x06000b008697d33ae0e92c011c00000001000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000)
                        INSERT INTO @plans VALUES(0x06000b000ddbda05a03c83f01d00000001000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000)
                        INSERT INTO @plans VALUES(0x06000b00263e3902f0b1112b1900000001000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000)
                        INSERT INTO @plans VALUES(0x05000b009ee99729a0b9945b1600000001000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000)
                        INSERT INTO @plans VALUES(0x06000b0059af9b291063a6951900000001000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000)
                        INSERT INTO @plans VALUES(0x06000b0094ca3316501fee2c1600000001000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000)
                        INSERT INTO @plans VALUES(0x05000b0065c5a32880b2945b1600000001000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000)
                        SELECT plan_handle ,
                        query_plan_info.query_plan
                        FROM @plans
                        OUTER APPLY sys.dm_exec_query_plan(plan_handle) AS query_plan_info

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                        • Add AM PM or military time to alert times since they aren't listed

                          Process login time: 3 Nov 2016 09:00
                          Query start time: 3 Nov 2016 09:00
                          Would either want them in military time, or listed w/ AM PM so I know when they occurred

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                          • Easily determine am/pm from the graphs.

                            Currently it isn't clear by looking at a graph if the times are AM or PM. It would be helpful if hovering included AM/PM as well as the left and rightmost times shown on the bottom of the graph. It is confusing and takes effort to determine if I"m looking at morning or night.

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                            • See more detail on Failed Agent Jobs

                              Present the detailed Step error message for Agent Job Failures. Currently shows the Job message, but not the error from the step that actually failed. This requires the user to open SSMS and drill down to find what caused the failure, instead of getting a head start from SQL Monitor.

                              9 votes
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                              • to see 24-hour clock affecting times on graphs

                                I see the setting and it is set and in most places it is used but not in the time axis on graphs in analysis.

                                4 votes
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                                • Keep from Locking Account When Registering Server with wrong password

                                  The process of registering a server should try only once with a credential failure, looks like it keeps on trying and if you have typed in a wrong AD password it will lock your account.

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                                  • Allow option to exclude Integrity Check Overdue Alert for read only databases

                                    An alert configuration option should allow
                                    a database status to be checked when querying for last good integrity checks and read_only databases could be excluded from the alert. Even when integrity checks are performed on read only databases, the last checked date is not updated resulting in unnecessary alerts in most cases.

                                    5 votes
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                                    • Desktop notifications

                                      Desktop notifications would have (at least) 2 advantages:

                                      1) It would give much quicker access to the critical alert information than a regular alert email, since you could layout/format the notification with perfect flexibility (as opposed to default email client notifications which devote most of the real estate to the "from" address, and subject and body in plain text)

                                      2) With a couple buttons, the notification could give immediate access to actions such as "clear" or "mark as read"

                                      9 votes
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                                      • Block Specific Deadlocks by Lock Details

                                        We've just updated to SQL Monitor 6. We was hoping there was a feature in this to change alert settings for Deadlocks with specific lock details rather than just all Deadklocks.

                                        For example
                                        we don't want email alerts on: Deadlock 'object: ReportServerTempDB.dbo.SessionLock, lock mode: Exclusive (X), index: IDX_SessionLock

                                        However we wish to receive emails when: Deadlock 'dbid: 6, object id: 72057594038845440, index id: (9bf78693a4b4)'

                                        However this feature doesn't exist. Would be great to have added to an update in the near future!

                                        6 votes
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                                        • Select different purge data ranges depening of what group a server belongs to.

                                          We have different data retention requirements depending on what server is being monitored, but currently only 1 purge setting is available which covers all servers. An example of what I'd like to see would be to select to purge data older than 14 days for production/critical servers and a much shorter retention of data for test/development servers. This would be controlled by what group a server was a member of.

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