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  1. 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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    • Alert Stats on the new Cards

      Those new cards look very nice, BUT, they do not show anything about the alerts raised on the instance!

      That's a shocking omission, IMO.

      Please add something that shows the alerts, like the old Overview page did, like counts by severity, with colors!

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      • Push 5.2 Alias down to Analysis and beyond

        The write-up about the 5.2 Alias feature waxes almost lyrical about how much we would like it...

        Until you open the Analysis page and see the old names - in my case unintelligible I.P. addresses. Sad, very sad...

        Please make Aliases utterly pervasive, as in Analysis, Configuration => Monitored Servers (I.P. list), emails (just to make sure they're not overlooked).

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        • Click on CPU part of the server block on global dashboard (version 5.2) leads me to serveroverview instead of graph

          I would suspect to go to the graph (analysis tab) after I click on the CPU part of a serverblock (in Global Dashboard), instead of the server overview

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          • Multiple group select on new Global Dashboard version 5.2

            As an administrator, I want to be able to select one or more groups for displaying on the new global dashboard (added in version 5.2). Now you see all groups or one group.

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            • Additional parameters for filtering Long-running query alerts

              Long-running query alerts

              Example: Creation of ability for you to filter the queries it alerts on based on a regular expression

              Source Ticket:
              https://redgatesupport.zendesk.com/hc/requests/65981

              Possible closely related feature request:
              https://sqlmonitor.uservoice.com/forums/91743-suggestions/suggestions/11123559-triage-and-configure-repeating-alerts-more-efficie

              4 votes
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              • Show deadlock alerts using the deadlock graph

                Display deadlocks alerts in a more graphical and easier to understand way.

                6 votes
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                • Configure Data Purge by Server/Instance or at least by Server group.

                  I would like to keep production server performance data for a month or more but the dev server data can be purged after a couple of weeks.

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                  • Customise alert messages for custom metrics

                    Add the ability to display the results of a query when generating an alert from a custom metric

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                    • I only have one SQL Server, take me to the instance Overview instead of global dashboard

                      I only have one SQL Server instance, instead of seeing one small bit of info and having to click that in the new global dashboard, take me directly into the instance so I can get relevant info on first login/site visit. Think about your design when we just have one server.

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                      • I wish the mouse wheel did not automatically modify the date scale in the Analysis graph.

                        I can't count the number of times I have unintentionally messed up a graph with the mouse wheel. It is quite annoying to me.

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                        • Monitor SSAS databases

                          I would like to be able to monitor SSAS cubes and data structures in the same fashion as SQL databases.

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                          • Group / Sort custom metrics

                            We have a lot of custom metrics and the current interface is not robust, being able to group / sort metrics in folders or in a tree would be very useful. Also the selection box in the analysis tab is not large enough to navigate a useful number of custom metrics

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                            • Receive an alert for the process that is blocking not the process being blocked.

                              We recently upgraded our SQL Monitor to version 5.1 and it appears there has been a change in the Blocking process metric. Before the upgrade we received an alert about a process that was blocking and after the upgrade it appears we receive an alert for each of the processes being blocked. We have set the threshold for 90 seconds and if there are three processes that are 30 seconds that total the 90 seconds, we receive an alert. However we don’t want to receive an alert for the 30 second blocked processes. Is there a way we can understand…

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                              • SQL Monitor self update (or one click update)

                                Instead of downloading and running a wizard, I would like to see a way for SQL Monitor to self update, or to have a 'one click' update button built in the interface.

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                                • Quick view of whether Agent is up on all monitored servers

                                  If I go to the Configuration > Monitored servers tab, I can quickly see if all SQL Servers are up and running. It would be nice to also be able to quickly see if all SQL Server Agent services are up and running.

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                                  • Bring back the ability to list fragments of T-SQL to reduce Blocking Process alerts, please

                                    By FAR the largest number of abject NUISANCE Blocking Process alerts I get across 17 servers is due to a simple "How is fragmentation going?" query from a 3rd party product (Idera Defrag Manager).

                                    Looks like this:

                                    use [DBName] declare @indexId int declare @dbId int declare @tblId int declare @partitionId int set @partitionId = 0 select @dbId = ISNULL(DB_ID(),-1) if @dbId=-1 RAISERROR( N'Database does not exist or permission denied: %s', 16, 1, '[DBName]' ) else begin select @tblId = ISNULL(OBJECT_ID('[DBName].[dbo].[TableName]') ,-1) if @tblId=-1 RAISERROR( N'Table does not exist or permission denied: %s', 16, 1, '[DBName].[dbo].[TableName]' ) else begin select @indexId=index_id…

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                                    • SQL Monitore: I would like to see the response time I/O of database files.

                                      SQL Monitore: I would like to see the response time I/O of database files. Currently it is showing only on instance level but how can I see response time of a particular
                                      database.

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                                      • Alert based upon trend data

                                        We want to be able to alert when a value changes dramatically over a period of time. so if a system returns 110,105,112,40,38,52

                                        to eye ball that on a graph I can see there is a problem, however that may be at the peak time of the day and 38 might be a reasonable value for in the middle of the night, so having a threshold of a low value is not appropriate, the comparison mode of query for this situation would report a change of
                                        -5,+7,-72,-2,+14

                                        in here there is one large drop but then it is running stable,…

                                        3 votes
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                                        • Add "Re-send Email" for an Alert

                                          Some emails find black holes. Need option in the "Actions" dropdown to re-send an Alert email. Please pop-up the addressee dialog so we can direct/redirect to recipient list and add a custom subject to help us segregate the email into an email thread for discussion/attention.

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