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  1. Allow email configuration at the time you configure a new alert.

    Once you configure an alert, it automatically defaults to notify the default recipient. However, if I want another user to receive these emails, I have to configure this through Alert Settings. I'd like the ability to set up the email address in Custom Metrics setting, so that everything is done in one integrated place.

    3 votes
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  2. Monitor an application server

    You can already monitor a 'host' machine which does not host any SQL Server instances, but it would be nice if we could also monitor application log locations, services etc.

    Maybe Custom Metrics which can use something other than t-sql?

    3 votes
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  3. MS DTC down alert....

    I would like to see an Alert if MS DTC (the DTC service) has stopped\failed or doesn't restart after a reboot.

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  4. Make software FIPS 140-2 compliant

    Currently SQL Monitor is not FIPS 140-2 compliant

    5 votes
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  5. The ability to pull ALL job names

    from an instance view their statuses have a high level overview of the success to failure ratios on the jobs listed. Then the ability to export the results to different formats (csv/pdf/html)

    9 votes
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  6. Alerts with and/or (boolean) logic

    To determine performance problem b it is needed to monitor several counter values at once. For example when counter x and counter y and counter z are all below 10 then you have a memory problem. I would be nice to contruct that kind of logic to get true performance alerts.

    4 votes
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  7. Collect SQLServer:Memory Manager counters.

    This would be especially useful for SQL 2012 where counters have been removed from the buffer manager exist in the memory manager counters. For SQL Server 2012, I have observed that there is a memory leak and this is revealed by observing the Memory Manager Optimizer Memory (KB) counter.

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    Daniel Rothig responded

    Hi, we’re monitoring a few of those out of the box and the rest can be covered via the custom metrics feature – check out sys.dm_os_performance_counters

  8. UI global overiew - add tickerbox with unread alerts

    To get a instant view of the unread alerts and their context/importance it might be a good idea to create a tickerbox at the leftmenu of the global overview page.

    Currently to know what kind of alert has occured, I have to zoom in/navigate everytime to the alert page.

    Layout example: Grouped by server, level, category, datetime

    As addition it might be an option to create a tickerbox hide option .

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    Daniel Rothig responded

    (Gathering feedback)

    Hi brendo, how would you expect the tickerbox to behave if there is a large volume of alerts incoming? Would you expect to always see the x most recent ones, or would you like to be sure that all alerts show up in this tickerbox over time?

  9. How about a custom metric or alert to return data in character value as opposed to just numeric scalar or NULL

    I want to have a function much like profiler to collect login data, who logged on & be able to filter on the data collection, for instance, if I only want to see when domain\me connects to the sql server, I would like to track that information. I am aware this can be done with profiler, but I would really like to have the ability to use one tool.

    4 votes
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  10. Collecting custom metrics for multiple databases at the same time

    ATM, a custom metric can return one value, but sometimes collecting the metric for one database takes the same amount of time as collecting it for all of the databases.

    Having a multi-database metric (maybe something that returns a database id -> value map (as a two col table)) would be especially useful if it takes a long time to collect the metric (in my case it takes nearly 30 secs to collect it).

    12 votes
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  11. Option to exclude custom metric from Analysis Graph page

    When setting up a custom metric, have the ability to exclude it from the Analysis Graph page. E.g. I set up a metric that checks the AutoUpdateStatistics setting for each database and then creates an alert if a database is set to OFF for this setting.
    It is however not needed in the Analysis Graph page as it is purely an alert.

    4 votes
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  12. custom group order

    I'd like to be able to pick an order of my groups... dev, prod, staging in alpha I'd prefer to see prod, staging, dev.

    5 votes
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  13. Add more visibility to captured system processes

    A view of all system processes is available whenever an alert is clicked. It would be nice to get the same view of system processes with their CPU and memory consumption for a specified time even of there is no alert to click on at that time.

    6 votes
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  14. Add % CPU Usage column for the "User SQL processes (top 10 by CPU usage)" section.

    On the Overview page for the SQL Server instance there is a section: User SQL processes (top 10 by CPU usage) that show current SPIDs that are utilizing CPU resources. This section should show the actual % of CPU usage for that SPID.

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  15. Add number of alerts to browser tab

    I always have SQL Monitor open as one of the tabs on my browser (Chrome). What might be useful is to change the text of the tab (only when it is set to Global Overview) to include the number of alerts (unread or uncleared I'm not sure.....) - much like if you have Gmail inbox open, then any unread items make the tab text "Gmail - inbox (1)'

    3 votes
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  16. Alert on long I/O operation

    Hosting Company raised an alert that there is absolutely no trace of as an issue according to SQL Monitor:

    ALERT NAME: Rackspace - SQL I/O Error
    TIME: 6/22/2011 7:02:21 PM
    REASON:
    Event Description: SQL Server has encountered 174 occurrence(s) of I/O requests taking longer than 15 seconds to complete on file [M:\xcp_trans.mdf] in database [xcp_trans] (5). The OS file handle is 0x0000000000000BBC. The offset of the latest long I/O is: 0x000023b6d20000
    SEVERITY: CRITICAL

    Please augment SQL Monitor to do the equivalent alerting.

    30 votes
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    Daniel Rothig responded

    Custom metrics on sys.dm_io_virtual_file_stats are the best way to get this today

  17. Show all of the cluster disk's collected statistics regardless of active node

    Currently, a cluster disk's collected statistics are only visible for the duration of being "active/owned" by a cluster node. If I ran on Node A for the last month and fail-over to the B node today then I lose all visibility to the prior month's stats since they were collected while on the node A.

    29 votes
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  18. Ability to export backup history detail for providing audit information easily.

    possibilities I can think of that might help to add are each backup having it's own export button when the backup history graph is expanded out, including the backup history on the current excel sheet or possibly having a summary report for it in the Reports section

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  19. Get notification for when a SQL Agent job is in a retry state

    Hi, it would be really useful if SQL Monitor could identify when any currently executing job steps are in a retry state. We have many such jobs and the time lost whilst they are in such a state is frustarating as if we had notification we could take action. I appreciate I can roll my solution but would be nice if SQL Monitor could do it :)

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