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  1. 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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                              • Offer integration with power bi

                                I've love the ability to integrate SQL monitor with Power Bi for building dashboards of analysis graphs. Since Power BI is offering a powerful way to setup dashboards with metrics users/managers care about this would be a great way to enhance many analytical report options by outsourcing the creation of those to users more and more, and offering the integration with power bi to make it easy to do.

                                SQL Sentry offers an integration with their cloud product to work with their metrics and Power BI in case you want to evaluate how it might be used. https://www.sqlsentry.com/Company/News-Article/20150505-power-bi-content-pack-sql-sentry

                                https://powerbi.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/monitoring-your-sql-sentry-data-with-power-bi/

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                                • Monitor if all SQL Server related Windows services are running, especially Redgate SQL Backup Agent.

                                  I have found that backup jobs fail, due to SQL Backup service not running. Knowing that the service has stopped would be a great metric to have. This could then be extended to monitor other Windows services.

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                                  • Check the plan cache ad-hoc or on a schedule to report issues

                                    implicit conversion,
                                    scans,
                                    lookups and the index that didn't have the columns include
                                    missing indexes
                                    Parameter sniffing
                                    etc...
                                    Report the issues based on impact number

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                                    • Login via https

                                      Is there a configuration setting to force the SQL Monitor login page (or entire site, preferably) to https?

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                                      • Classic Dashboard Mode

                                        The new global dashboard is great but it is harder to read at a glance then the old dashboard. Please add in a classic dashboard option.

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                                        • Alert History on new Overview - Don't show Cleared Alerts

                                          The slide-out Alert pane is useful on the Overview IF, and ONLY IF, under *normal* circumstances we want to see NON-cleared Alerts, like the default filter on the Alerts page itself.

                                          Please make this pane behave like the Alert page's filter, and allow us to re-filter, to include cleared if we want to. But at the very least allow us to set a default filter (in my case NON-cleared).

                                          Thanks.

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