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  1. Have the ability to pin the left sidebar in the overview screen

    It'd be great if we could pin the sidebar on the left-hand side of the screen on the overview section when looking at a particular server. As I'm looking over metrics I oven find myself hovering over that section then waiting for it to expand and collapse again. An example concept implementation that I think would work well is similar to how Microsoft implements basically that same functionality in their office suite (in particular off hand outlook is a great example). Really just being able to pin it in place I think would satisfy the entire issue for me as…

    3 votes
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    completed  ·  Neil Turner responded

    The sidebar is now either open or closed (it will no longer open on mouseover).

  2. reports timespan options

    Please add 14days as the timespan in the dropdown for the reports

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  3. Overview database growth estimation

    When planning new server we have to estimate how much space will be taken by database during life cycle of new SQL server and when SQL monitor watching server for us I would like to have possibility see following:

    • Database file size portion
    • Log File size portion and how much of that contain free space
    • Estimated growth (as information in Alert)
    • Summarized size per disk (if possible with how much space left)
    • Have this available as summary tile in the report, so I can reactive this info as email.

    Thanks and regards,

    //Radek

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  4. 2 votes
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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Hi, thanks for this suggestion.

    We have added a button to the query plan that allows the full in-truncated text to be copied to clipboard.

    We hope this improvement solves the suggestion so will mark it as completed. Please do let us know if you have any further feedback.

    Thanks,
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  5. Prompted for update to version 8.0.12 but website is a dead end

    The "update" link in the SQL monitor console takes me to a "learn more" page with no link to an update EXE. I am referred to a zip file with a SQLBundle EXE which doesn't contain the Monitor, or an outdated version of SQL Monitor.

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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Hi,

    Thank you for reporting this, and apologies that you encountered it. We removed version 8.0.12 owing to a bug, and have since released 8.0.13.

    I will close this suggestion, but if you require further assistance with this issue, please could you let us know using the support forum https://forum.red-gate.com/categories/sql-monitor-7

    Kind regards,
    Adam
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  6. Database File Usage Alert - Autogrowth

    Database File Usage Alert : Please consider autogrowth! So far, this alert is of no help.

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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    SQL Monitor v7.1.18 added an option to disable database file usage alerts when autogrowth is enabled. The setting can be found on the configuration screen for the database file usage alert.

    Thanks for helping us improve this feature with your suggestion.

    SQL Monitor Development Team

  7. Alert when SQL Monitor is having a problem.

    We have the SQL Monitor database located on a different server from the Base and Web Service. We had an instance where the SQL Server hosting the SQL Monitor database went down. When that server went down it failed to send us an alerts and we didn't know that SQL Monitor was having no problems as it wasn't sending out any email alerts to notify us that it couldn't connect to it's database. A nice fix would be to have SQL Monitor send an alert to notify us that it can't do it's job.

    42 votes
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    completed  ·  Neil Turner responded

    This can be set-up using the 'Send base monitor error emails to' field within the Email notification settings (see attached). SQL Monitor will send error emails to this email address if a base monitor experiences an error.



  8. Long-running query alert - add an option to exclude queries based on the USER running it

    This alert already has the options to exclude queries (via RegEx) based on the process name or SQL commands/objects used. I miss a similar option for excluding queries based on the user running the query.

    An example: let's say you have a job that runs SSIS job steps using a proxy->credential->dedicated domain user. The SSIS packages run loads of SQL queries, some taking a long time - but that might be expected and OK (let's say the job is a nightly ETL process for a DW). Without excluding queries based on that user (simple but effective!) you could get a…

    64 votes
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  9. Report Email Attachment Name

    Name the pdf attachment something other than "AttachedReport".
    The report has a title and a date which could be used to name the attachment. That would really simplify the process of saving the reports for baseline purposes.
    e.g. "Server2ProcessUtilization20180308.pdf"

    3 votes
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  10. 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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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Hi,

    We have now added check for updates to the About section in version 7.1.16.

    Thanks for the suggestion. I’ll mark this as completed now, but do let us know if you feel it should be reopened.

    Thanks
    Adam
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  11. 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

    6 votes
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    completed  ·  Neil Turner responded

    Unlicensed servers are now shown as grey on the global dashboard.

  12. One-time Maintenance Window

    We perform updates to (nearly) all our Windows servers on our domain monthly. I'd like see the ability to set a maintenance window and have it removed once it has passed, rather than having the maintenance window fixed to set time every week.

    One use case is "silencing" alert generation while investigation is in progress

    71 votes
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    completed  ·  Neil Turner responded

    Thanks for this suggestion. SQL Monitor 10 now allows teams to suppress alerts, or just their notifications, over certain periods using alert suppression windows. Please see What’s New in SQL Monitor 10 for more details (https://www.red-gate.com/hub/product-learning/sql-monitor/whats-new-in-sql-monitor-10).

    We hope this meets requirements and will mark it as completed. Please raise further suggestions for any improvements you would like to see.

    Thanks,

    SQL Monitor product team

  13. Multiple Maintenance Windows

    I would like to be able to set two maintenace windows every day.

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    completed  ·  Neil Turner responded

    Thanks for this suggestion. SQL Monitor 10 now allows teams to suppress alerts, or just their notifications, over certain periods using alert suppression windows. Multiple windows can be set-up. Please see What’s New in SQL Monitor 10 for more details (https://www.red-gate.com/hub/product-learning/sql-monitor/whats-new-in-sql-monitor-10).

    We hope this meets requirements and will mark it as completed. Please raise further suggestions for any improvements you would like to see.

    Thanks,

    SQL Monitor product team

  14. 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…

    5 votes
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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Thank you for this suggestion. A graph showing a query’s history was added to the Server Overview Top Queries table in Version 7.1.11 in November 2017. This allows you to see a query’s performance over time, view its execution count, duration, reads, and writes, and the points in time a query’s plan changed.

    We will close this suggestion, but please do raise another suggestion if you have other specific improvements you’d like to see.

    Kind regards,
    Adam
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  15. 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…

    33 votes
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    completed  ·  Neil Turner responded

    The SQL Server Licensing page within the ‘Estate’ section (see attached) shows licensing information for monitored servers.

  16. Please remove the 20 character size limitation from the Alias feature

    Given that actual server named instances can be longer than 20 characters (even if they are truncated on the display), it makes no sense to limit an alias to 20 characters. Please significantly extend this limitation.

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  17. Stop being nagged about maintenance windows - because they don't fit our operation

    The nag about "you haven't set up any maintenance windows" is something you could allow us to turn off. Period.

    SQL Monitor's simplistic feature does not tie in with the way Rackspace performs their patching, so the feature is useless and the nag is annoying as it keeps on coming up and we keep on dismissing it.

    Please, give us a "Turn of maintenance window reminders globally" option - it can't be that hard to do...

    15 votes
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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Hi,

    SQL Monitor 7.1.11.9625 has been released to check for updates and contains a fix for this bug (SRP-11455 fixed an issue where some informational messages were not dismissible).

    Please do let us know if you continue to see this issue. Thanks for your patience.

    Adam
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  18. See more detail on Failed Agent Jobs

    Present the detailed Step error message for Agent Job Failures. Currently shows the Job message, but not the error from the step that actually failed. This requires the user to open SSMS and drill down to find what caused the failure, instead of getting a head start from SQL Monitor.

    53 votes
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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Thanks for the suggestion and votes. This was completed in version 7.1.2. I will close this – please let us know if you believe there are further improvements we could make.

    Kind regards,
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  19. Historical graph of how one query/Stored procedure is performing now compared to 2 months back

    Choose from top 50 of worst queries and check what is the difference now compared to the stats in the past in graphical view and create custom reports with graphical view

    30 votes
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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Thank you for this suggestion. A graph showing a query’s history was added to the Server Overview Top Queries table in Version 7.1.11 in November 2017. This allows you to see a query’s performance over time, view its execution count, duration, reads, and writes, and the points in time a query’s plan changed.

    We will close this suggestion, but please do raise another suggestion if you have other specific improvements you’d like to see.

    Kind regards,
    Adam
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  20. I want to be able to document in SQL Monitor why an alert is set a certain way.

    On the alert configuration screen for any alert, at any level I would like to see a comment type box where I can enter in the box the reason the alert is set as it is.

    For example if I have disabled the backup overdue alert for a particular database I would like to be able to save that reason in this comment box. Or if I have changed the disk space usage for a particular drive on a server different than the default I want to be able to document the reason why.

    I want to see this box…

    21 votes
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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Thank you for this suggestion, it makes sense to want to record why certain configuration changes have been made.

    We released this enhancement in version 8.0.10 (in July this year – apologies for delay in updating this suggestion).

    I will mark this suggestion as Completed, but please do reply if you have any further feedback.

    Thanks,
    SQL Monitor Development Team

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