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  1. Have database sessions displayed with the networking info from sys.dm_exec_connections(SqlServer)

    Having a window of session connection information, especially using the network info per session as seen in the sys.dm_exec_connections view from SqlServer would be very helpful. This also helps in associating network latency waits with the actual app session(s).

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    • Alerts related to SQL Jobs should show the job name not the job Id

      Process name: SQLAgent - TSQL JobStep (Job 0xECCD1234543A1FA439B02DE3CE12F139E : Step 1)

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      • Showing Unlicensed and will not allow you to stop monitoring

        I added a server that I needed to monitor for a couple hours. When I was done, I swapped out the license and attempted to pause the monitoring to remove the blue banner at the top:

        You have unlicensed servers. Unlicensed servers will not be monitored and will not raise alerts.

        However, I was unable to pause the monitoring as it just refreshed the page, with the blue bar at the top, and the "pause monitoring" button still enabled and "resume monitoring" button still disabled. Ideally, there would be a way to say I don't want to monitor this server…

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        • Alerts for suspect_pages

          We would like to see alerts for suspected pages.

          Errors Recorded in suspect_pages Table

          The suspect_pages table contains one row per page that failed with an 824 error, up to a limit of 1,000 rows. The following table shows errors logged in the event_type column of the suspect_pages table.

          Error description event_type value
          823 error caused by an operating system CRC error or 824 error other than a bad checksum or a torn page (for example, a bad page ID) 1
          Bad checksum 2
          Torn page 3
          Restored (The page was restored after it was marked bad) 4
          Repaired (DBCC…

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          • Analysis graph exclude set times over long time range such as 28 days

            It would be great to be able to set exclusion times such as the "maintenance windows" when index maintenance activities take place such as every day between 12pm-2am in our case. During these times disk queue length will be predictably high due to the maintenance activities taking place.
            When viewing graph analysis for a 28 day period for disk queue length you see peaks which are from the maintenance activities and these events end up skewing the overview of BAU activity.
            It would be great to be able to define an "exclusion time window" in the analysis report window to…

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            • temporary alert configuration

              I have a SQL Agent job that is failing daily. I have already alerted the dev who is repsonsible. I now have two options:
              1. Change the alert setting at the job level to not raise an alert when this specific job fails. Saves me from irrelevant alerts, but one day the dev will fix the problem and I will probably forget that I should turn this back on.
              2. Leave the alert setting as is and spend a half-minute or so each day to clear the alert. Not a good use of my time and very annoying,

              Please consider…

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              • Alerting on Autogrowth Events

                Alerting on Autogrowth Events, some environments set the file size of their databases and would like to be alerted if autogrowth occurs since that indicates abnormal behavior

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                • Group instances, not servers

                  For example: when I have a database cluster running multiple instances I would want have the possibility to put one instance in a development group and another instance from that same cluster in a different group. In this way managing alert settings etc on a group level becomes much more convenient.

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                  • Overview database growth estimation

                    When planning new server we have to estimate how much space will be taken by database during life cycle of new SQL server and when SQL monitor watching server for us I would like to have possibility see following:

                    - Database file size portion
                    - Log File size portion and how much of that contain free space
                    - Estimated growth (as information in Alert)
                    - Summarized size per disk (if possible with how much space left)
                    - Have this available as summary tile in the report, so I can reactive this info as email.

                    Thanks and regards,

                    //Radek

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                    • Option to include @Channel or @User in Slack Channel Notification

                      Provide an option for individual alerts to include @Channel or @User to the slack channel notification.

                      5 votes
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                      • TempDB unexpected growth

                        I think it would be a good idea to have information about what caused random sudden growth in tempdb. I know we can see the DB size chart but theres no way to know what caused it.

                        Information that would be nice to be captured:

                        Table name
                        What query created table
                        What user created table

                        17 votes
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                        • be able to report on deadlocks

                          Add the possibility to report on deadlocks. The information is stored in the database as an alert but it's currently not possible to report on alerts.

                          I'd like to see the occurrence of deadlocks over time, per database,...

                          9 votes
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                          • filter the queries to see in the top queries and long running queries section

                            In top queries and long running queries section, I can see the queries executed by the db system but I want to filter out such queries.

                            4 votes
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                            • blocked by (number)

                              This should be easy to implement..

                              "blocked by [some number]"
                              If available show the security context/or username associated to the session number.

                              It would be a time saver, and enable me to react or ignore faster

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                              • Set alert rules on specific AG nodes

                                Our AlwaysOn AG groups are backed up from the secondary node (the preferred node). Not Backed Up alerts still show for the primary node. We would like to be able to filter these out.

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                                • Set up multiple custom alerts for a single custom metric

                                  For some custom metrics, the ideal number is not a fixed number. (E.g. ideal number of VLFs depends on log file size). In those cases I write a custom metric that returns a "percentage of ideal number". I like to be warned both when the actual number is too high and when it is too low so I would like to set up two custom alerts for this.

                                  This is currently not possible without creating a copy of the custom metric, which of course wastes resources. Please consider adding the option to set up multiple custome alerts for a single…

                                  7 votes
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                                  • Create Duplicate of Default Alerts

                                    Hi, it would be great to create 2 Default alerts with deffernt setting for differnt servers
                                    and to seperate AO Group when creating Alerts
                                    so that a Backup Replica wont go into some alerts that serve the production Servers

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                                    • Blocking process Hover Information should show Total Blocking Duration

                                      The (Restored in 8.0.6) hover over the Alert List's "Last Updated" column shows the duration of the Alert itself, NOT the total time involved.

                                      Unless you memorize the configuration of this Alert for each of its 3 severity levels, and assume they never change, and never vary by server, nor by database... you must sill open each event to see the "Total blocking duration for all descendants" published under the "Details" tab, then add that to the event duration, for which you must now do time subtraction as there is no "Duration" on the Status line... (another omission).

                                      Having to…

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                                      • I would like to be able to enter a sql handle and see the history of query time and plans

                                        I would like to be able to enter a sql handle or query hash and see the history of query time and plans in the zoomed time frame.

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                                        • be able to be advised if a certain query (sql_handle or query_hash) is suddenly taking much longer than normal to execute. Not only to see

                                          I would like to be able to be advised if a certain query (grouped by sql_handle or query_hash) is suddenly taking longer than normal to execute.

                                          The query may or may not be included in the top 10 queries.

                                          /Rasmus

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