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  1. SQLMonitor consider the SQL Server cluster name as an instance

    SQLMonitor consider the SQL Server cluster name as an instance

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    completed  ·  Neil Turner responded

    This can be set within Display settings ('Failover Cluster Name Display') for a SQL Monitor configuration.

  2. Comment multiple alerts at once

    I would like the ability to add the same comment to all of my selected alerts before clearing them in the Alert Inbox.

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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Hi,

    Thanks for this suggestion.

    Version 8.0.23 has now been released and includes the return of the ability to add a comment to multiple alerts.

    This was initially removed while developing the ability to group alerts, and it’s taken us longer than expected to reintroduce – apologies for the inconvenience this caused.

    We hope this solves this suggestion. We’ll mark it as completed, but please do reply if you have any further feedback.

  3. search Top Queries

    I have a process that reports on stored proc outliers. When I go to SQL Monitor, it is very difficult to search the top queries to find the particular stored proc.

    For instance, if I do a ctrl+f and search for "I.Invoices", the search may find that snippet in "hidden" areas (in the dropdowns) but I cannot tell where the found items are.

    A query syntax search of the top queries would be extremely helpful.

    9 votes
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  4. Show prefered/active node on cluster

    When runnning a database instance on a cluster it would be helpful if you could see on which phusical machine (node) the database instance is active on. It would be very usefull if that information was shown on the global overview page.

    8 votes
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    completed  ·  Daniel Rothig responded

    This can be seen on the Cluster overview page, in the instances grid – activeness and preferredness differ per FCI

  5. Allow filter on Global Overview

    E.g. exclude 'Ended' (but not yet cleared) alerts. (Gives an overview of the current state)

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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    We believe improvements to the dashboard in 5.2 make this no longer valid. Please open a new suggestion if you would like to see further improvements.

  6. Monitoring error (SQL Server data collection) - SAVE THE ERROR LOG

    When one of these occurs it is 99.999% likely that, in the middle of the night, I will NOT jump out of bed, fire up the laptop, connect to the SQL Monitor Server and look at the SQL Monitor Error Log IN THE 5 MINUTES I HAVE BEFORE THE ENTRY IS LOST! May I cite the "Description" tab in SQL Monitor: "If the alert is still Active, or it Ended within the last five minutes, you can find out more information about its cause..." So we, ANYONE THAT IS, has a mere FIVE MINUTES to react to this before "see…

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  7. When using Windows authentication I want the read-only account/group option.

    I like the windows authentication but it doesn't have the read-only option. I would like to be able to add users and AD groups where I can limit the servers, but also make the data read-only, just like the options when not using Windows Authentication.

    8 votes
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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Apologies for not updating the status of this suggestion. We have supported this since version 6.0.17. When adding an AD user or group, you can now choose whether that user should be a standard or read only user (or an administrator). So you can do this, and can also choose the permission level for each individual user, rather than having to define it for the system as a whole.

    Thanks for your patience,
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  8. "CLEARED" alerts button should be renamed to "CLEAR".

    On the alerts screen, there is an option to select alerts. If you want to clear the alerts selected you hit the button labeled "CLEARED".

    Having the button marked "CLEARED" is confusing because it implies that the button is a filter rather than an action. It should be labeled "CLEAR" so you know you are performing an action.

    8 votes
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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Thanks for this suggestion.

    We agree the labels were confusing so this was fixed in version 8.0.2 in March (apologies for delay in updating) when the new inbox was released. The button now reads ‘Clear’ as you suggested.

    Thanks again,
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  9. Relative-day maintenance windows

    Rackspace maintenance days revolve around, for example, "Default week - Wednesday - 02:00 to 04:00", where "default week" is established in the service contract. That can change to early-week or (I forget the name) "late-week".

    Current SQL Monitor Maintenance Windows are wholly inadequate to record a "Default week is 2nd week of each month, maintenance on that week's Wednesday, at (the time period)".

    Without this, my PagerDuty Alerts go berserk during maintenance windows, and shy of having someone go and suspend monitoring at 2 in the morning and remember to turn it back on, it just keeps on sending out…

    8 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

  10. Allow option to exclude Integrity Check Overdue Alert for read only databases

    An alert configuration option should allow
    a database status to be checked when querying for last good integrity checks and read_only databases could be excluded from the alert. Even when integrity checks are performed on read only databases, the last checked date is not updated resulting in unnecessary alerts in most cases.

    8 votes
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  11. Ability To Alias PaaS (SQL Azure) Instances

    You currently can alias IaaS instances but the option does not show up if it is a PaaS instance.

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  12. Order databases alphabetically in the Analysis view

    In the analysis tab, when you select the metrics and the server, where there is a database list, the list of databases is not ordered alphabetically. It would be much easier to find the database you want to look at if it was ordered - especially on servers with lots of databases.

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    completed  ·  1 comment  ·  Admin →
  13. Enable changing Alert levels on Clock Skew alerts

    I would like to be able to change the alert level from high to medium or even low.
    It would be nice if the alert level would be set depending on the skew size, so that for example low level could mean 5 second, medium at 10 seconds and high at 30 seconds.

    I would like to do this, since we receive the alert occasionally from our test server (is gets cleared rather quickly so it is no big issue for us).

    7 votes
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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Thanks for this suggestion. Apologies for not updating at the time, but this suggestion was completed in version 8.0.10 in July 2018.

    We will mark this as completed but please do let us know if you have any further feedback.

    Kind regards,
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  14. 7 votes
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    completed  ·  0 comments  ·  Admin →
  15. Allow filtering out certain types of wait statistics (e.g. to remove benign ones)

    As the title says. See Paul Randal's query for an example: https://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/paul/wait-statistics-or-please-tell-me-where-it-hurts/
    Give us the option to control exactly which types are filtered out of results.

    7 votes
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    completed  ·  Daniel Rothig responded

    These are specified in the SQL Monitor database, as an entry in [settings].[KeyValuePairs]

  16. Monitor SQL Server 2014 failover clusters with Cluster Shared Volumes

    There is currently some trouble with monitoring a windows failover cluster with CSV - specifically, the error log is unreachable because base monitor apparently connects to the wrong network name to access files.

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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    As mentioned in the comments, this was completed in v5.2.7
    (relevant issue was SRP-10451: Cannot retrieve log files for users who monitor SQL Server installed on a clustered shared volume).

    Apologies for not updating this at the time.

    Thanks
    SQL Monitor Development Team

  17. 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.

    7 votes
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    completed  ·  Adam responded

    Hi, thanks for the suggestion. The version 6.0.10 release added the ability to show/hide cleared and ended alerts from the timeline and alert sidebar on server overviews. We intend to add this to the global dashboard soon. Hopefully this solves the issue.

  18. Setting Maintenance Window via API service

    That would be very nice if there as an API service which we would use to set maintenance window for a given sql host or a group of hosts.

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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. Windows can be set-up using SQL Monitor, or via the API. Please see the example Scripts within Configuration for more details.

    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

  19. Notifications to Slack Only

    Would be nice to have the option to send some alerts to slack only, at the moment the only option is to send to slack and email, or don't send to either.

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    completed  ·  1 comment  ·  Admin →
  20. see the dates in UK format in the Estate - Installed Versions tab

    the release date and end of mainstream support date are both shown in USA format i.e. mm/dd/yyyy

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