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  1. 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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      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi,

      Thanks for the suggestion. Version 7.1.5 has now increased the character limit for server aliases.

      I’ll mark this as completed, but please let me know if this fix doesn’t meet your requirements.

      Kind regards,
      SQL Monitor Development Team

    • Missing database name in blocking session alert

      When I receive an alert about a blocking session, it does not tell me the database. The mail starts with e.g.

      Blocking Session ID: 93
      Number of blocked descendants: 1
      Total blocking duration for all descendants: 00:03:02
      Blocking SQL fragment: CREATE PROCEDURE [dbo]...

      In the subsequent blocks (blocked sessions) it shows the corresponding database name, but only after much of scrolling, when the block cames from a long procedure (some with > 1000 lines).

      So please add the database name to the blocking session part too.

      5 votes
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      • 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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          2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          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

        • Email reports monthly

          I just upgraded to SQL Monitor V7 and it's great being able to have custom metrics in reports. We have a metric that records how many customers are notified in a monthly process (runs overnight on the 1st of the month). We need a way to send out this report via email on the 1st of every month (current options are only to send it weekly)

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          • Sortable System Processes Grid

            On the Alert Details page, it would be nice if I could sort the grid under the "System Processes" tab. It currently shows processes sorted alphabetically by name. I would like to sort it by CPU or memory utilization to see top consumers. I currently have to copy the data to a spreadsheet to do that.

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              0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

              This suggestion, allowing the system processes grid in alert details to be sortable, was completed in Version 6.0.18 – apologies for not updating at the time.

              Thanks for the suggestion – please reply if you feel it needs further attention.

              Kind regards
              SQL Monitor Development Team

            • improve speed when navigating through the GUI

              It takes quite sometime to navigate across the screens on V6.0 would be a welcome relief if we have performance improvement on the UI

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                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                Thanks for raising your suggestion. We’ve made a number of performance improvements over recent releases. Whilst we will continue to make improvements, hopefully this meets your expectation regarding this suggestion, so I will close this issue.

                If you have any specific issues or suggestions around performance, please reply to this or raise another UserVoice suggestion so we can investigate.

                Thanks
                Adam

              • Add AM PM or military time to alert times since they aren't listed

                Process login time: 3 Nov 2016 09:00
                Query start time: 3 Nov 2016 09:00
                Would either want them in military time, or listed w/ AM PM so I know when they occurred

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                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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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                    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • to see 24-hour clock affecting times on graphs

                    I see the setting and it is set and in most places it is used but not in the time axis on graphs in analysis.

                    6 votes
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                      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    • Disable Chat functionality

                      It would be nice to have an Option to disable the built in chat functionality. I understand this is a quick easy method for obtaining feedback from the user community. The issue I have is that this is not an "Approved Chat Client" according to my info sec unit.

                      Having the ability to turn it off allows me to satisfy their requirements while still allowing this to be enabled for other users to quickly interact and provide feedback to RedGate.

                      6 votes
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                        1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        After upgrading to SQL Monitor 6.0.8 or later you can now disable the intercom chat feature.

                        After upgrading navigate to the following file C:\Program Files\Red Gate\SQL Monitor\Web\Website\web.config

                        and amend the line

                        intercom enabled=“true”

                        to be false, then restart the website.

                        Further details can be found here:
                        https://forums.red-gate.com/viewtopic.php?f=205&t=80218&sid=76afdd87b11da381fcb31901d658270a#p143776

                        Thanks for your patience with this issue,
                        SQL Monitor Development Team

                      • Don't bloat plan cache

                        Fix this query so the nvarchar() parm is of a fixed size (or MAX). As is, each invocation is generating its own execution plan and bloating the plan cache.

                        (@p0 bigint,@p1 bigint,@p2 nvarchar(560))INSERT INTO [data].[Cluster_SqlServer_TopQueries_Instances] ([Id], [CollectionDate], [_QueryText]) VALUES (@p0, @p1, @p2)

                        (@p0 bigint,@p1 bigint,@p2 nvarchar(159))INSERT INTO [data].
                        [Cluster_SqlServer_TopQueries_Instances] ([Id], [CollectionDate], [_QueryText]) VALUES (@p0, @p1, @p2)

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                        • Navigation for "rewind time" shouldn't hide navigation buttons

                          The navigation controls for "rewind time" autohide when actively using this feature. Please consider enabling until "live" is chosen again to simplify operation to move back and forth in time increments.

                          Issue submitting first time. if duplicate please close.

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                            1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • On the main dashboard please maintain a consistent ordering.

                            Dashboard element sorting should be fixed preferably in alphabetical order. The whole idea of a dashboard should be to provide an at a glance view of the state of your server set. When you change the order from servername when all is green to some other order because something has triggered an alert on a server I have to spend extra time figuring out which server has an issue because the sort order has changed.

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                            • 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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                                0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                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.

                              • Push 5.2 Alias down to Analysis and beyond

                                The write-up about the 5.2 Alias feature waxes almost lyrical about how much we would like it...

                                Until you open the Analysis page and see the old names - in my case unintelligible I.P. addresses. Sad, very sad...

                                Please make Aliases utterly pervasive, as in Analysis, Configuration => Monitored Servers (I.P. list), emails (just to make sure they're not overlooked).

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                                  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                  I’m closing this suggestion because the server aliases were fixed in v5.2.2.

                                  However, there is currently no way to alias cluster/machine names, so if this is important, please do raise this as a suggestion as we could look to address that if there is demand

                                • Bring back the ability to list fragments of T-SQL to reduce Blocking Process alerts, please

                                  By FAR the largest number of abject NUISANCE Blocking Process alerts I get across 17 servers is due to a simple "How is fragmentation going?" query from a 3rd party product (Idera Defrag Manager).

                                  Looks like this:

                                  use [DBName] declare @indexId int declare @dbId int declare @tblId int declare @partitionId int set @partitionId = 0 select @dbId = ISNULL(DB_ID(),-1) if @dbId=-1 RAISERROR( N'Database does not exist or permission denied: %s', 16, 1, '[DBName]' ) else begin select @tblId = ISNULL(OBJECT_ID('[DBName].[dbo].[TableName]') ,-1) if @tblId=-1 RAISERROR( N'Table does not exist or permission denied: %s', 16, 1, '[DBName].[dbo].[TableName]' ) else begin select @indexId=index_id…

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                                  • 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.

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                                      6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                                      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

                                    • Reduce the number of false-positive status alerts (e.g. Machine unreachable)

                                      CONTEXT: Many status alerts (eg. Machine unreachable) have a simple configuration model, meaning that these alerts will trigger as soon as a ping to the Machine fails.

                                      PROBLEM: VPN connection resets, scheduled restarts, etc. all may be acceptable causes for a ping to fail in our system, but these currently lead to a lot of false positives... provided they are brief, and the system recovers in time.

                                      EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                                      • Add configuration to the machine unreachable alerts to set a time threshold
                                      • Require two consecutive pings to fail before raising the alert

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                                      • Single sign on

                                        Make it so that I can add an AD group to the settings, then enable AD Auth in IIS and not be prompted for username and password.
                                        LDAP settings should not be needed.

                                        15 votes
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                                          7 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                          completed  ·  Daniel Rothig responded

                                          Support (at) red-gate.com can provide you with instructions how to disable SQL Monitor authentication in order to fall back on IIS authentication, which supports Single Sign On.

                                        • Raise Alert level based on time

                                          Currently all alert levels are based on the numbers allocated and the alert is simply triggered at that level,

                                          Some of the values I'm tracking sit at 0 quite often, the problem is less the number but the length of time that it remains at that number

                                          So after 5 collections i would like to raise a low alert, after 10 collections a medium and after 20 a high alert

                                          Thanks for your time and concideration

                                          Ste

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