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  1. be able to schedule monitoring suspend or maintenance on instance level

    We have a cluster with two instances. The databases on these instances are restored on different times during the day.
    I want to be able to schedule suspend of monitoring during these different time periods so that one instance is suspended and the other is not. Or put them in maintenance mode on the instance , not on host machine level.

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    • New alert type for blocking in parallel execution plans

      We frequently get alerts for a "Blocking process" where 1 process is blocking itself because it is running in parallel and the threads are blocking each other. While this might represent a scenario that can be improved this is normal activity in queries that use a parallel execution plan. This alert is identifiable by "Number of blocked descendants: Unknown" and the lack of any blocked sessions.

      I do not think this type of blocking should be ignored. But, there is no customize the behavior of this alert. If you exclude specific queries from the "Blocking process" alert you would not…

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      • Allow nested groups on the Overview screen

        I have a structure of groups where the first level is environment (Production, Test, Development, etc) but then I have component as a second level (ETL, Application, Data QA, Sandbox). On the Overview screen, only the first level of the grouping is used, and therefore I have servers under 'Production' all bundled together and ordered by name across all the secondary groups. Would be good if the overview screen could show multiple groups somehow ... I understand there might be servers under the first level and the second level, and it might be weird for some customers ... but for…

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        • On the Overview screen, collapse AlwaysOn clusters into a single tile

          I have quite a few AlwaysOn groups, with 3 servers as part of the group. SQL Monitor very cleverly takes the cluster name and adds all 3 servers to the monitoring list ... HOWEVER, on the Overview screen, they show as individual servers. It would be good if I could collapse that all down into one tile that shows an overall health of the group. I realize this is a different situation from an FCI because there can be multiple 'active' nodes, but it would be good if SQL Monitor understood that I added an AG listener server list and…

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          • be able to choose the actions during maintenance window.

            During a monthly patch round along the servers, a restart or some downtime is mandatory. I want to be able to select the actions SQL Monitor will perform with the alerts triggered within that maintenance window. Most of the time I'm aware of the required Windows reboot, so I do not need an email telling me that the SQL Server was not reachable for a short period. So I would like to tell SQL Monitor not to trigger any alert during the maintenance window. (preferably a one-time maintenance window, see other suggestion)

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            • Configurable Thresholds Based on Time

              The alerts would be more useful if we could apply maintenance or quiet periods to them.

              I understand we have the maintenance window and that is perfect for things like planned downtime, index maintenance etc.

              Regards,
              Clive

              However, the issue I currently face is that I suppress the processor under utilised message. Like a prolonged spike in CPU activity, a massive drop off could be a concern too. However, I have a current mean of 18.6% on one example server. I can set a threshold of 15% as an example, but this would trigger alerts through the night when typically…

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              • Blocking process alert based on number of descendants

                While the alert for blocking process is great, it would be nice to be able to configure the trigger for number of descendants affected as well.

                If a blocking process runs for 30 seconds and affects 10 people but the alert is configured for a one minute duration of the block it would obviously not let you know

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                • In the Global Overview screen, have a filter selection for Still Active Alerts

                  Once an Alert has been cleared or ended I no longer want to see it on my Global Overview screen. When I am handling lots of servers and I see lots of RED on the alert side but they have either been cleared (checked) or ended I no longer want them showing up on the global screen unless I want them too to review. This causes lots of questions from management when they walk by and see lots of RED and the Alert was handled or no longer a concern.

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                  • Pagerduty API/WebHooks and Better Notification channel

                    We are in a high secure payments network, we do not wish to open ports used for email (smtp) however we would like integration with Pagerduty.

                    Please create a generic web hook interface where the payload can be fully customised or direct integration via there API.

                    I would like the option to pick what communication channel is used based on the severity of the alert

                    Alert Rule XXXXXX
                    H M L
                    Email
                    Pagerduty X
                    Slack X

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                    • In the email alert for custom notifications I would like to execute an ad-hoc query that shows me the results.

                      This will allow me to write a custom metric alert and see the results of the alert inside the email alert. Example where I monitor one log file with various items the custom alert message can give me context on what errors are written to the log inside of the email

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                      • see the meaning of the alert in the email alert going out as it shows in the description on the dashboard inside the dashboard

                        This will provide more context at what the alert means without going into the dashboard (web) page.

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                        • 5 votes
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                          • get a report on my server inventory

                            For MSFT licensing purposes, I would like to have a report from SQL Monitor across all my registered servers that tells me enough information to work out my licensing requirements. For example, which version of SQL Server is installed, which edition, how many CPUs it is installed for, any information about the Windows licensing, whether it is on a virtual machine (and how many sockets, etc) ... you get the idea.

                            Currently, the reports only allow for a very limited amount of information to be added, and they have to be in summary tiles or charts. Maybe this could be…

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                            • configure notifications 'per alert per object' rather than just 'per alert'

                              Right now we have a large number of SQL Servers across different environments such as dev, QA, production, etc. In a similar way to having multiple notification channels configured on an alert (another suggestion covers that), I'd like to be able to configure the alert notifications differently for each level that the alert is set at ... I'm away from work right now, but I think that although you can set the thresholds and filters at each group level, you cannot change the notification settings (eg, do NOT trigger SNMP alert for non-production environments). if I'm right about that, then…

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                              • export selected alerts

                                it would be nice if we could export selected alerts (for instance full deadlocks related information) to forward to our "partner" so they can analyse the problem.

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                                • data purging - add a flush/reset button

                                  it would be nice to have the possibility to clean/empty all data from sql monitor. for instance since we were trying different alert options etc... there's a lot of stuff which are not needed anymore. i mean after fine tuning the system i'd like to "start over" with a clean history even if we lose the old logs...

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                                  • non sql servers should not need a license

                                    i think it would be very nice being able to have alerts for non sql servers without the need to allocate a license to those.

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                                    • New tile types in reporting

                                      We would like new tile types in the reporting interface. Extend the Analysis graph and summary. We would like some of KPI \ traffic light or the ability to just show a single value but be able to colour the background of the tile.

                                      As well as the analysis graph it would be useful to be able to have a bar\column chart as well as the existing line chart.

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                                      • deadlock

                                        Add the ability to customize deadlock alerts. I want to able to ignore alerts if the deadlock was on table XXXXX or produced by stored procedure YYYYYY
                                        or have different alert levels depending on the database and table.

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                                        • View transaction log

                                          Have ability to view and possibly generate recovery scripts from the transaction log

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