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  1. Triage and configure repeating alerts more efficiently

    CONTEXT: Some alert types such as Long-running queries, Job Failure or Error Log Entries can trigger very frequently under certain circumstances.

    PROBLEM: This causes a large number of alert emails to be sent, and the only way to ascetain that all these alerts are the same is to view the details screen for all of them.

    EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS
    • Group similar alerts in the alert inbox
    • Raise alerts not on individual events, but on these events happening a specified number of times
    • Mention identifying information sooner: e.g. directly in the alert inbox
    • Suppress query-based alerts for specific…

    449 votes
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      61 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      under review  ·  Daniel RothigDaniel Rothig responded

      currently investigating the best ways to do this – there are quite a numbe of options!

    • Custom reports against alerts, queries and metrics

      CONTEXT: We want to see the bigger picture arising from the data presented in SQL Monitor.

      PROBLEM: Currently you can't pull together a report in the SQL Monitor UI, and the monitoring database is not particularly accessible. We need reports against:
      - The metrics shown in the analysis graph
      - The top queries and waits
      - The alerts raised over time
      - Server configuration and SLA

      EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
      - Provide reporting scripts against the monitoring database
      - Privide a BI interface against the monitoring database
      - Priovide richer data-export functionality in the UI
      - Provide a report designer in the…

      248 votes
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        55 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

        Version 6.0.17 of SQL Monitor has been released and features enhancements to the reporting beta, now allowing you to make a copy of a report. Version 6.0.16 previously added a new summary tile for Server Waits by day and made improvements to the scheduling.

        If you have any further feedback or details about your specific requirements, please comment or email sqlmonitorfeedback@red-gate.com so that we can consider them as we continue to develop the feature.

        Thanks, Adam

      • Suppress performance-related alerts during maintenance periods

        CONTEXT: I expect my system to slow down during routine maintenance tasks, which often leads to false postitives for performance-related alerts (long-running queries, High CPU...) in SQL Monitor.

        PROBLEM: While I could configure a maintenance window where alerts don't get raised, this would also suppress operational alerts (e.g. Machine unreachable, Job failed) - these are still relevant while maintenance is in progress

        EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
        • Allow to configure maintenance times for individual alerts
        • Change maintenance window behaviour so that operational alerts are still active during maintenance

        What do you think about these solutions? Got another idea? Let us know…

        226 votes
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          24 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          We released an improvement in 5.0 .7 so that SQL Monitor now only suspends performance-related and custom alerts during maintenance windows. All other alerts continue to be raised as normal.

          We plan to review the solution of allowing configuration of maintenance times for individual alerts and will update accordingly.

        • Only receive emails for the most important alerts

          CONTEXT: I review alerts raised by SQL Monitor in order to stay on top of my server activity, and I also have alert emails enabled in order to respond quickly to issues.

          PROBLEM: I only want to receive emails for issues that require immedate action or are otherwise noteworthy. I don't want to change the alert thresholds because for my triage, the "lower-priority" alerts are still interesting - but they shouldn't be sent as emails.

          EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
          • Send emails by alert priority - e.g. medium and high only
          • Alter the default alert behaviour to only send emails for…

          218 votes
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            17 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

            We are currently making improvements to the alerting, including the ability to allow multiple notification channels per severity.

            We’d really like to get some feedback while it is in development, so we can make sure it meets requirements. If you’d be interested in taking a look at our prototype, please reply to sqlmonitorfeedback@red-gate.com and I’ll send further information.

            Thanks
            Adam

          • Forecast and plan disk/database capacity

            CONTEXT: When looking after a large number of databases, we have to make sure that none of them run out of space or I/O capacity.

            PROBLEM: SQL Monitor needs to show us:
            • The current size of Database files (and which disks they are on) and how full they are, ideally with a forecast
            • Autogrowth configuration
            • Space remaining on disk, ideally with a forecast
            • File and disk-level IO metrics, ideally with a forecast

            EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
            • Provide this data as metrics in the Analysis Graph
            • Create a Disk Overview report with this data
            • Enhance the…

            197 votes
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              10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              Daniel RothigDaniel Rothig responded

              Note that currently the best way to get a trend and forecast report on disk metrics is to export a few weeks’ worth of disk space data as a CSV and use e.g. Excel to plot a linear trendline.

              We are considering a built-in report on disk usage, but we are currenlty thinking of it as a secondary priority.

            • Make alert configuration levels more discoverable

              CONTEXT: In SQL Monitor, you can configure alert behaviour down to the object level (such as the Database or the Job level). This is useful e.g. when we have specific databases with different backup policies to our global configuration, since we can specifiy "special rules" for individual databases.

              PROBLEM: It is counterintuitive how to do so, and many people don't spot the left-hand drilldown navigation - this makes you think that you can only configure on the global and the server level! Also, when we have created an override, it's easy to forget so causes surprise when we change the…

              151 votes
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                39 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Use extended events for deadlock "tracing" instead of a trace flag

                If the SQL Server version is high enough, using extended events to capture deadlock information would be preferred to using a trace flag.

                136 votes
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                  20 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  Daniel RothigDaniel Rothig responded

                  We like this idea – if it gains more traction, we’ll prioritise this more.

                • Identifiy the failed job steps when a job has failed

                  CONTEXT: When looking at a job failed alert, we would like to pinpoint why it has failed.

                  PROBLEM: SQL Monitor doesn't indentify the failed steps - we have to go to SSIS to get that information.

                  EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                  • Add this information to the "Job failed" alert
                  • Provide a query to make retrieving this data more convenient

                  126 votes
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                    11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Make SQL Monitor scale to more machines and networks

                    CONTEXT: We want to monitor many different servers in different domains and locations

                    PROBLEM: Network configuration for cross-domain monitoring can be challenging, and SQL Monior can slow down if many servers are being mointored

                    EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                    • Create a central web interface that can access multiple Base monitors
                    • Provide an optional agent that can be deployed for easier network configuration
                    • Make a single installation of SQL Monitor scale to a larger number of servers, and make network configuration easier

                    124 votes
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                      19 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Install SQL Monitor without needing to provision a (large) SQL Server database

                      CONTEXT: One challenge with installing SQL Monitor is that we need to provide a connection to a SQL Server database.

                      PROBLEM: This can be costly or complicated. It would be better if SQL Monitor had an alternative backend.

                      EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                      • Offer a hosted data store
                      • Automatically deploy a free backend alternative such as mongoDB or PostgreSQL
                      • Reduce data collection so that SQL Express can be used for small deployments
                      • Provide greater granularity over data retention policies

                      What do you think about these solutions? Got another idea? Let us know in the comments!

                      122 votes
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                        31 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Integrate SQL Monitor notifications with devices, ticketing systems and and other monitoring tools

                        CONTEXT: SQL Monitor is one of multiple tools I use to monitor my estate, such as SCOM, Tivoli, and OpenView. I would like to consoldate notifications from all of these tools

                        PROBLEM: SQL Monitor only sends human-readable email notifications, but other integration points like SNMP traps are not provided out of the box

                        EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                        • Provide an SNMP demon against SQL Monitor's alerting data
                        • Make SQL Monitor send SNMP notifications out of the box
                        • Ability to send SMS or other push notifications
                        • Ability to "forward" an alert into a ticketing system

                        109 votes
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                          18 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Deal better with extremely spikey data

                          CONTEXT: Some counters displayed by SQL Monitor is extremely spiky. SQL Monitor scales its graph such that the any spike fits on the y axis

                          PROBLEM: If there is one extreme spike, all the other data gets scaled such that it's very close to the x-axis, making any patterns in the data hard to see.

                          EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                          • allow to manually zoom into the y axis
                          • allow extreme spikes to be beyod the drawing area of the graph (still with some indicator of how high the spike is)
                          • have an option to show the graph on a logarhithmic…

                          85 votes
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                            9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Use extended events instead of trace when trace initialized due to alert

                            I have seen a related idea https://sqlmonitor.uservoice.com/forums/91743-suggestions/suggestions/5717202-use-extended-events-for-deadlock-tracing-instead

                            However, I'm expanding this. If the SQL version is high enough the trace of current activity should be using extended events instead of a trace, this would reduce the total impact to the server performance while also expanding the available information.

                            67 votes
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                              7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              Daniel RothigDaniel Rothig responded

                              Thanks for the suggestion – we’ll monitor how popular it gets

                            • Do other tasks than send email on new alert

                              It would be nice if it was possible to allow other tasks when a alert is raised. Other tasks which could be called: Script file, url, exe file.

                              63 votes
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                                9 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                Daniel RothigDaniel Rothig responded

                                We are a bit sceptical about this – if your monitoring solution becomes an active part of the system, it’s no longer a monitoring solution but part of the infrastructure that needs to be monitored.

                                That said, I’ll leave the suggestion open to see how much traction it gains.

                              • 61 votes
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                                  6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Support for regular expressions

                                  Most of the alarms need more granular support for excluding/including different things. Using regular expression is a good idea and should be extended further. For example you defenitly need to be able to filter out things from the alarm on the sql server errorlog. Without it's useless.

                                  59 votes
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                                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                  • Multiple Maintenance Windows

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

                                    59 votes
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                                      7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                      Daniel RothigDaniel Rothig responded

                                      Thanks for the suggestion – we’ll monitor how popular it gets

                                    • Search through (closed) alerts for a string.

                                      It would be great if we could search closed alerts for a string. For example I want to see all the alerts that have included a particular view in the query text.

                                      (Also include comments in the search)

                                      56 votes
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                                        11 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        Daniel RothigDaniel Rothig responded

                                        We’re looking into this – no ETA at the moment

                                      • Exclude queries from top 10 queries

                                        I would like to be able to exclude specific queries from Top 10 Queries. We use SQLQueryNotificationService which means our top 10 queries based on duration are always showing these queries as they have a waitfor. I would like the ability to exclude items from the top 10 queries.

                                        Typical query I would like to able to exclude:
                                        WAITFOR(RECEIVE TOP (1) message_type_name, conversation_handle, cast(message_body AS XML) as message_body from [SqlQueryNotificationService-07e6439b-8276-45aa-963f-bed011b3ef2f]), TIMEOUT @p2

                                        56 votes
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                                          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • Per database table fragmentation.....

                                          I would like to see a a Sql Monitor "information" page that shows the "top 10" fragmented tables on a per database level.

                                          52 votes
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