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  1. Add more narrow time intervals in Reports

    We are using the reports part of SQL Monitor to show them on a TV screen in a proactive way and we find this very helpful.

    Now we have a question, would it be possible to include more narrow intervals like 6 h, 2 h and 30 min in the reports?
    Because even if we lower the reports to 12 h and has auto refresh every 1 min it’s kind of hard to see and react on the spikes in the graphs.
    An example can be seen in the attached fil - Batch request/sec report, it’s hard to spot the…

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    • Select what alerts i want to receive by Slack, the same way it happens by Email

      Slack messages are a little annoying when all the alerts are sent by them.
      I would like to configure the alerts i want to receive on slack. Today this is possible to configure in the e-mail option.

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      • enhance Title on Analysis Graph Page with "machine metrics"; "machine name"; (all)

        Simply add to existing title with the selection of dropdown boxes as "machine metrics"; "machine name"; (all).

        So we don't need to scroll down or include the bottom boxes to know which machine and options are being displayed...

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        • SQL Monitor currently does not have customization on scheduling for custom metrics

          SQL Monitor currently does not have customization on scheduling for custom metrics- only per min\5 min\hour basis.
          the option to setup your own schedule could be given to users and setup your own frequency or metric collection.

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          • ssis

            SQL Monitor currently does not monitor the execution of SSIS Packages.

            It would be extremely useful if SQL Monitor would monitor the execution of the SSIS packages like it does the execution of SQL Jobs

            E.g.

            Alert if the SSIS Package Execution Fails
            Alert if the SSIS Package is taking longer than normal to Execution
            Alert if the SSIS Package fails to start

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            • Link executions of top 10 queries

              I had an issue with a query that runs slow every other day. For a specific slow day I could find it in the top 10 queries. I'd like to be able to easily compare the days when it was previously executed . I did manage this by opening a new tab to select the fast day - the query was hard to find as there were many other queries in the top 10 on the fast day. I'd like to be able to lock in on a specific query and monitor the server/query stats at the time/duration of previous…

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              • Delay "Performance Data" Load for MOST Alerts

                For at least 99% of Alerts of Interest over the last 6 YEARS of using SQL Monitor, the lower pane's "Performance Data" is of nigh on zero use.

                IF it might be of use, give us a "Load..." button next to that heading, and load it on demand.

                When I'm ploughing through a hundred or so predominantly Blocking Process and Deadlock alerts, the most important information is in the Details and Processes tabs.

                Page loading delays will decrease because you won't have to pull eye-candy charts that aren't read for the bulk of the time.

                The "Delay..." option, for me,…

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                • Sharing links

                  link share.. . past 24 hours link, you send it, and people click on it, still shows past 24 hours, not the 24 hours from when you shared it

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                  • In the ability to compare metrics with historic performance I would like to drop certain days (or hours)

                    Most of my SQL usage is a mon-Fri pattern so adding in the 2 weeekend days creates a much wider band of "normal" than is realistic. I would like to be able to create a pattern of timeperiods to add in to the comparison so I can drop out days (and maybe hours) which are not representative of "normal" running

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                    • create user permissions script

                      provide the sql to run for users to use during install to assign permissions to the back end database use and the monitored db use

                      obviously explain about the SysAdmin problem with your product

                      https://forum.red-gate.com/discussion/80787/required-permissions-changed-after-upgrade
                      https://forum.red-gate.com/discussion/80448/new-permissions-needed-for-monitoring
                      https://documentation.red-gate.com/display/SM7/Permissions

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                      • I would like to be able to export/import all of my custom metrics that i have configured in my SQL Monitor. Is this at all possible?

                        We are migrating our SQL Monitor to a new server and i would like to avoid having to manually recreate all the custom metrics we have configured. Any suggestions would be most welcome.

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                        • Apply filters to more SQL Server alerts

                          In configuring Long Running Query, I'm able to specify a filter on the process name (e.g. wanted to exclude my "Barracuda" backup processes - and did so successfully). I'd like to do the same for other Alerts such as Deadlocks and Blocking Processes.

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                          • Would like to set SNMP trap eventtime in a localized time format, currently only CET time format (with trailing Z) is sent in a SNMP message

                            Would like to set SNMP trap eventtime in a localized time format, currently only CET time format (with trailing Z) is sent in a SNMP message

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                            • Identify which Virtual Host a server is on

                              In our environment we have a number of different virtual hosts and clusters on which our servers are hosted. It would be quite useful if the SQL server summary information showed the name of the host and cluster on which it is being hosted. As well if host and cluster name could be displayed somehow on the analysis graphs that would be great.

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                              • Alerts to be automatically marked as cleared after 'X' days

                                Have an option so alerts can be automatically marked as cleared after a variable amount of days.
                                This would prevent us from manually clearing them down.

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                                • Identify and alert on heap fragmentation

                                  Currently SQL Monitor does not have a way to identify and alert on heap fragmentation. I suggest you add this to the product.

                                  I know having a heap is usually a bad idea and that heap maintenance is a pain (rebuilding a heap also rebuilds all the nonclustered indexes on it, SQL Server doesn't release a page of a heap table, and doesn't use free space in previously used pages unless you are doing deletes with TABLOCK hints), but there are some valid use cases for heaps.

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                                  • Poll the SQL Monitor Targets on Demand.

                                    When we make a configuration change to address an Alert. By polling the TARGET on demand after making change, we want to make sure that the alert is addressed.

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                                    • Include Custom SQL Code in alerts

                                      When creating custom alerts, I would like to be able to include information that can be retrieved by running a SQL query.

                                      One example is using the pre-built Failed SQL login custom alert that is available to setup. The alert notifies when this event occurs, but it fails to include information like which login failed, etc.

                                      It would be nice to be able to build part of the e-mail body in the alert to include some critical data that can be queries using T-SQL.

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                                      • Customize the Alert page Columns

                                        Due to the lack of any useful actual time-zone date-time presentation in the UI (I still have issues because of the SEVEN I have to deal with), kindly allow us to add columns to the Alerts page.

                                        Specifically, I MUST HAVE the Group designation. This is the way I group by time-zone. When looking down the All Servers list, because there are always alerts across all the zones, having the "time-zone" right before the "Object" makes handling the busy list much easier than having to wait for each node's page to render, especially as the Alert Page performance has been…

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                                        • Notification Profiles

                                          It would be nice to have different notification profiles. For example, I'd like to have a notification profile for business hours vs. after hours.
                                          For business hours, I'd like to be notified when certain alerts happen, but during after hours, I would only like to know about if there is a system down issues.

                                          It would be nice to have some kind of alert escalation system like this. So if I want certain alerts to alert me only when the High threshold has been reached after hours, but any other alerts during business hours.

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