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  1. Support for showing multiple metrics with the same units on Analysis Graph

    When showing more than one metric on a graph on the Analysis page, I fully understand that it is difficult to merge the units scales on the x axis. So what you get is each graph has it's 'own' x axis - and I get that - it makes sense when the units are incompatible (eg. percentage vs KB used vs batch/sec).

    But when all the metrics are measure in the same units, it can create a visually confusing graph.

    For example I'm looking at memory usage over time, so I've chosen Machine: memory used, SQL Server: total memory, SQL…

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    • Notifications support for Microsoft Teams

      Just like Slack (Webhook) notification support, it would be great if SQL Monitor could send notifications to Microsoft Teams.

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      • Enable extended events per server

        Currently, enabling the use of extended events is a global setting.

        It would be great if this could be enabled per server, to avoid well-documented issues (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/help/2878139/fix-using-dbghelp-dll-version-4-0-5-error-is-logged-in-sql-server-2012) between extended events and older versions of SQL Server (namely SQL 2008 which is still in extended support until 2019)

        13 votes
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        • be able to customize email and Slack notifications

          Option to customize email and Slack notifications

          4 votes
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          • SQL instances which are part of Availability Group does show if it primary or secondary in Global Dashboard

            When SQL instances which are in Availability Groups are being monitored, the global dashboard lists both the primary & secondary node.
            However though it does have 'AG' badge but it does not say which is primary or secondary.
            While looking at the SQL monitor it will key that we know upfront which is the primary instance and also when alerting it should say primary or secondary in the subject line.

            5 votes
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            • Exclude specific alerts from SQL SERVER ERROR LOG ENTRY alerts

              We have certain tools (mainly infosec related) that generate a lot of entries in the SQL server error log as part of their normal operation creating a lot of alerts. The only way to identify these and thereby determine that they are 'expected' is to go into each alert individually and mark it as read. The ability to ignore certain errors based on error number, severity or message would add a lot of value to this feature.

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              • display unlicensed servers in different color

                We started with RedGate Monitoring and added all our SQL Servers. As a result we consumed too much licenses. Although there's a warning on the top of the screen for this, the unlicensed servers are reporting 'healthy' which is a little tricky (especially for non-dba it'ers) because you don't know the state.

                I like to see the unlicensed servers in a different color ( for example gray) to see a better reliable overview

                3 votes
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                • upgrade without reentering credentials

                  When you run an upgrade, there should be an option that just uses the current service credentials (i.e. leaves everything as is) instead of having to re-enter them.

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                  • Add a "Check for updates" link in the About section

                    Alternative for when you've clicked away the "new version available" notification

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                    • 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…

                      12 votes
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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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                        • 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.

                          14 votes
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                          • Add exclusions to Job Failing alerts

                            When a user deliberately stops a job while it's running, it fires a job failed alert. Add exclusion regex so we can add something like "The job was stopped prior to completion by User...." to ignore these.

                            4 votes
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                            • Restrict the read only role to only the "Overview" page.

                              I've explored using Read Only views for SQL Monitor and they work great, while really parring down the amount of information that the user can see. However, is there are way to lock it down even further so that they can only see the homescreen with the colored status on the specified SQL Instances? Essentially only allowing them to see status without drilling down into the instance itself and viewing waits, disk, CPU etc.

                              This could be used by management, etc.

                              2 votes
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                              • Offer SQL Monitor as a Saas model

                                Would be great to offer sql monitor on a Saas model. $50 per server per month for example.
                                Purchasing software upfront is expensive for small/medium companies. This also offers more flexibility to add and remove licenses in line with how companies add and remove new servers.

                                3 votes
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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

                                  15 votes
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                                  • Job execution in overview graphs

                                    It would be nice if you in the Overview graphs could see SQL Agent Jobs, just like long running queries, deadlocks etc.
                                    It could be good for troubleshooting high disk IO, CPU etc, if you could see that a job has started running at a point.

                                    I've tried to illustrate my idea in the attached file.

                                    6 votes
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                                    • SQL USER PROCESSES (TOP 10 BY CPU) - drill down

                                      Server hosts/matrix
                                      Drill down
                                      Some select's come up in mine, but I'm not able to drill down to find more details like the SQL itself

                                      4 votes
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                                      • The ability to exclude nodes in a cluster I don't want to monitor.

                                        When a cluster spans regions I want to be able to only monitor my "active" region and note my "passive/DR" region.

                                        If my primary region fails I would like to switch over my licenses to the other region in SQL Monitor so that I retain my license count.

                                        22 votes
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                                        • Allow custom metrics to only run on primary node of an AG

                                          Allow configuration of a custom metric to only run on the primary node of an availability group.

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