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  1. Ability to not monitor/show certain queries in the TOP 50 list.

    The top 50 query view in SQL monitor is showing the query that is running on the service broker queue with explicit waitfor statement. In our server these waitfor is 5 min and we have 100 threads that runs for 5 minute and wait for the messages in the queue.
    The query monitor shows these query as the top slow performing queries, but in reality these are not slow queries, they are just waiting for messages in the queue. We need a way to not show up the queries in top 50 list, so the queries that are actually slow…

    3 votes
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  2. I'd like it to be more obvious that an active alert is no longer a current and unresolved issue

    Whenever an issue is flagged, for example in the night, it changed the server to red. Once you click on that, the state is "active" (more un acknowledged I would say if not current). For me it is not clear if that issue is still ongoing or that it had been an issue and is now resolved.
    Can it be made clear what the end time is if the alert is no longer active? (right now only start time is listed)

    1 vote
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  3. In SQL Monitor, I want to use a variable description in a custom alert.

    Some custom metrics could be about things like a specific disk, job or DB-object. At this moment it's not possible to specify those in a generic Alert.
    If besides the metric value a descriptive value was allowed, it would be possible to parse the descriptive value into the Alert.

    3 votes
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  4. Automatic validation of regex for Long-running query configuration

    When applying regex filters for long-running queries, a malformed expressions causes the page to just drop the error and not take the save action.
    My suggestion is to just implement a basic regex validation and prompt/indication on error.

    2 votes
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  5. I want to be able to apply tags to SQL servers in SQL Monitor to better sort

    I want to be able to create more groups that a server is a member of. For example, I want to see all Production servers, or all servers associated with a specific team or department. I can group by only 1 item now. But, if I could tag servers, that would allow me to be more granular in my reporting.

    We do the same thing in VMware now. We can still use the same grouping structure that exists today, just create the ability to provide multiple tags to each server/instance.

    4 votes
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  6. Disable specific alert for some time

    Make it possible to ignore a specific alert for a specific server for x amount of time. Sometimes there is something going on for say half a day and you do not want to miss out on other errors but just that specific one.

    2 votes
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  7. FCI alerts should refer to the DB instance and not to the active node

    For various alerts that are actually assigned to nodes of a Windows FailOver cluster (no AlwaysOn), the alert display shows the active nodes as the source. For example, "Disk average read time" Node1 -> E: instead of the cluster role SQL instance -> E:.

    I can more quickly deduce from the name of the DB instance which DBs or which applications could be affected. The names of the nodes are numbered and meaningless.

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  8. be able to switch support for cloud-features and off based on company needs

    Some companies still operate on-premises only, others operate only for Amazon RDS xor Azure. Having all these cloud-database features enabled clutters the user interface and I'd rather like to enable/disable such support through configuration options like
    [ ] enable Amazon RDS
    [ ] enable Azure SQL
    [ ] enable Azure Instance
    ...
    [ ] enable Oracle/xxx/yyy features

    5 votes
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  9. Monitor Disk Overallocation

    Recently we ran into disk space issues on a server. Looking into that, it was discovered that a 10TB database had 3TB in "Unused" space. That is the space was allocated to a table, but the table needed to be reorganized to recover the space. sp_spaceused shows this space, and a disk report of top tables clearly showed the Unused space. This was not something that Redgate noticed. Going back over our estate, we discovered there were more such databases where we could recover space. This could also be noted at an individual file level. Reorganizing that one database has…

    2 votes
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  10. Email queuing

    Basically, I would like email to queue up in SQL Monitor. In the event an email fails to send (account locked out, mail server down, etc), having the email just fail to send is not the desired result. When problems are resolved, the email should send.
    For example, lets say IT is doing scheduled maintenance on the email server and during that window one of the SQL instances shuts itself down due to an error (for arguments sake, lets say out of disk). SQL Monitor will see it go offline and try to send out the alert but fail because…

    5 votes
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  11. see an administrative web-based log viewer

    Having the ability to review logs in a web-based interface is useful for administrators of a tool so we can diagnose and remedy some problems without needing to reach out to support. The downside is the log needs to be filterable or multiple log files need to exist.
    An example of a log that would be useful would be an email log. In the event an email fails to send, I'd like to know why without needing to download the entire log in a zip, extract the zip locally, and browse through it when I am looking for a specific…

    2 votes
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  12. A way to showcase all SQL Statements running for a specific time frame

    A way to showcase all SQL Statements running for a specific time frame. This is will be helpful to investigate any issue that occurred in the past.

    3 votes
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  13. Suspend Monitoring of Individual Cluster Nodes

    Alert suppression windows can be applied to groups, clusters, instances, and machines - including individual cluster nodes. Howerer it seems it is only possible to suspend monitoring for instnaces or clusters not individual nodes,

    We recently had a hardware fault and it would have been helpful to suspned monitoring of a specific node whislt the engineer resolved the fault.

    3 votes
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  14. filter webhook notifications

    I would like to be able to filter which webhook notifications get sent out via an option in alert settings - notifications.
    e.g. for each alert, we have the option to send an email to a default address, an alternative address, or don't send an email for this alert.

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  15. Long-running query Alert - time based parameters

    I need to disable monitoring long running queries at night.
    My proposal is that you could add new parameter to alerts
    Time from - Time to which will exclude monitoring during this time.

    That will help to exclude ETL - ssis, and other long rununig queries which we set up at night.

    3 votes
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  16. Add User Settings feature

    Add a User Settings feature that will hold all user preferences, as different DBAs / users have different ways in using SQL Monitor. For example - (1) ability to display on the Overviews page only desired health levels (Critical, Warning, etc), or named group, or base monitor, or any combination, rather than load all servers from all groups from all base monitors. I really don't want to know that I have 265 healthy out of 275 servers - this will speed up loading of the Overviews page. (2) any other user preference.

    4 votes
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  17. Be able to schedule a maintenance window with the possibility to use an offset.

    Be able to schedule a maintenance window with the possibility to use an offset. Say every 3rd tuesday of the month + 12 days.

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  18. Top 50 Queries should ignore queries that runs with explicit "waitfor"

    The query that runs with explicit "waitfor" should not be included in the top 50 query report.

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  19. Service Level Agreement Metric Report

    The following contract metrics are common to many US Government clients. It would be very helpful (and a real time-saver) if SQL Monitor had report that could provide the below listed SLA's in a monthly email to an editable distribution. The report should be .pdf or .xlsx format, with layout intended to communicate to executive audiences. The setup for the report should allow comparing baseline dates. Thanks in advance for considering this idea.


    • List of database instances

    • Database uptime

    • Components that are reaching capacity

    • Computer resources growth

    • Reserve capacity

    • Throughput I/O

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  20. Control the delay before getting "Error on Base Monitor"

    We have perhaps a unique use case where one of our Base Monitors is at a remote site with a very high latency (700+ ms). Monitoring works surprisingly well since one of the later updates but unfortunately we are getting regular “Error on Base Monitor” emails (10+ per day) even though the connection itself is stable (just very slow).
    We would like to be able to control the delay before that error is raised, I’m guessing that slightly increasing this "timeout" would fix all our issues.

    3 votes
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