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  1. Additional parameters for filtering Long-running query alerts

    Long-running query alerts

    Example: Creation of ability for you to filter the queries it alerts on based on a regular expression

    Source Ticket:
    https://redgatesupport.zendesk.com/hc/requests/65981

    Possible closely related feature request:
    https://sqlmonitor.uservoice.com/forums/91743-suggestions/suggestions/11123559-triage-and-configure-repeating-alerts-more-efficie

    4 votes
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      1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Configure Data Purge by Server/Instance or at least by Server group.

      I would like to keep production server performance data for a month or more but the dev server data can be purged after a couple of weeks.

      17 votes
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      • I only have one SQL Server, take me to the instance Overview instead of global dashboard

        I only have one SQL Server instance, instead of seeing one small bit of info and having to click that in the new global dashboard, take me directly into the instance so I can get relevant info on first login/site visit. Think about your design when we just have one server.

        5 votes
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        • I wish the mouse wheel did not automatically modify the date scale in the Analysis graph.

          I can't count the number of times I have unintentionally messed up a graph with the mouse wheel. It is quite annoying to me.

          6 votes
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          • Monitor SSAS databases

            I would like to be able to monitor SSAS cubes and data structures in the same fashion as SQL databases.

            28 votes
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            • Group / Sort custom metrics

              We have a lot of custom metrics and the current interface is not robust, being able to group / sort metrics in folders or in a tree would be very useful. Also the selection box in the analysis tab is not large enough to navigate a useful number of custom metrics

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              • Receive an alert for the process that is blocking not the process being blocked.

                We recently upgraded our SQL Monitor to version 5.1 and it appears there has been a change in the Blocking process metric. Before the upgrade we received an alert about a process that was blocking and after the upgrade it appears we receive an alert for each of the processes being blocked. We have set the threshold for 90 seconds and if there are three processes that are 30 seconds that total the 90 seconds, we receive an alert. However we don’t want to receive an alert for the 30 second blocked processes. Is there a way we can understand…

                10 votes
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                • SQL Monitor self update (or one click update)

                  Instead of downloading and running a wizard, I would like to see a way for SQL Monitor to self update, or to have a 'one click' update button built in the interface.

                  18 votes
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                  • Quick view of whether Agent is up on all monitored servers

                    If I go to the Configuration > Monitored servers tab, I can quickly see if all SQL Servers are up and running. It would be nice to also be able to quickly see if all SQL Server Agent services are up and running.

                    3 votes
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                    • SQL Monitore: I would like to see the response time I/O of database files.

                      SQL Monitore: I would like to see the response time I/O of database files. Currently it is showing only on instance level but how can I see response time of a particular
                      database.

                      11 votes
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                      • Alert based upon trend data

                        We want to be able to alert when a value changes dramatically over a period of time. so if a system returns 110,105,112,40,38,52

                        to eye ball that on a graph I can see there is a problem, however that may be at the peak time of the day and 38 might be a reasonable value for in the middle of the night, so having a threshold of a low value is not appropriate, the comparison mode of query for this situation would report a change of
                        -5,+7,-72,-2,+14

                        in here there is one large drop but then it is running stable,…

                        3 votes
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                        • Add "Re-send Email" for an Alert

                          Some emails find black holes. Need option in the "Actions" dropdown to re-send an Alert email. Please pop-up the addressee dialog so we can direct/redirect to recipient list and add a custom subject to help us segregate the email into an email thread for discussion/attention.

                          15 votes
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                          • Filter disk space alerts for Quourum disks

                            Add a new criteria to the Disk monitoring, that allows me NOT to monitor disks that have less than X GB/MB of Total disk space.

                            12 votes
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                            • Allow trace to be set at the individual alert level and severity

                              SQL Trace can highly impact the performance of the server. I can't benefit from trace right now as it's set on any alert to launch a trace.

                              Other monitoring tools, for instance Sql Sentry, allow the individual alert to be configured with settings for trace.

                              For example: A long running job might benefit from a trace, while a "dbcc checkdb " hasn't been run in a long time should not trigger a trace. This increases storage and server load for no benefit.

                              Please look into allowing traces to be configured based on the alert AND the severity level defined on…

                              6 votes
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                              • Show a log of query activity

                                CONTEXT: When investigating a performance issue, I want to know what has been running

                                PROBLEM: SQL Monitor has rich query information on the overview screens, the performance diagnostics panels, and the query alerts, and the query trace in alert detail reports, but it's difficult to tie that information together

                                EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                                - Implement a query log
                                - Show query information on the analysis graph

                                41 votes
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                                • 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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                                    56 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

                                  • Make comments apply to alert types, rather than individual incidents

                                    CONTEXT: We use comments to document the root cause of alerts we encounter

                                    PROBLEM: When alerts repeat, recovering the comments is a pain - they only apply to individual occurences, so don't get surfaced when they issues re-occur.

                                    EXAMPLE SOLUIONS:
                                    - Show historical comments in alerts
                                    - When creating alerts, allow us to choose whether this applies to the whole alert type

                                    ADDITIONAL CONSIDERATIONS:
                                    Comments should also show when configuring alerts

                                    27 votes
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                                    • Control Alerts Using Metadata

                                      CONTEXT: We have a maintenance and backup solution which uses SQL Server as a backend to determine what databases to perform the tasks against, and at what time.

                                      PROBLEM: Some databases do not have maintenance tasks running against them, but still have alerts which appear in SQL Monitor for them (e.g. Index Fragmentation). I don't want to manually exclude these from SQL Monitor, as the number of databases fluctuates, particularly on our testing and development environments.

                                      EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                                      - Provide a means of easily enabling/disabling/changing alerts dynamically using a stored procedure.

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                                        Daniel Rothig responded

                                        For your usecase I recommend modifying the maintenance window metadata instead:

                                        UPDATE s SET MW_IsEnabled = 1, —or 0 to enable alerts again MW_Start=0, —midnight MW_Duration=864000000000, —24 hours MW_Monday = 1, MW_Tuesday =1, MW_Wednesday=1, MW_Thursday=1, MW_Friday=1, MW_Saturday=1, MW_Sunday=1 FROM [settings].[SqlServers] s INNER JOIN [settings].[Clusters] c ON c.Id = s.ParentId WHERE c.Name = ‘hostname’ AND s.Name = ’’ —Set to SQL Server name or leave empty for unnamed instances

                                        A restart of the base monitor service will be required after the change

                                      • Baseline machine metrics across cluster failovers

                                        CONTEXT: Using the Analysis graph for historical performance analysis of machine metrics on a cluster that failed over at least once

                                        PROBLEM: Machine metrics are collected per node. Baselines of only one node can be shown at a time, and so no baseline view of performance on the "active" component can be synthesised.

                                        EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                                        • Enable multiple simultaneous baselines
                                        • Implement synthetic (bimodal) baselines across cluster nodes
                                        • Provide synthetic metrics for entites on the "active" component of a cluster

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

                                        18 votes
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                                        • Drop markers on the graphs and add annotations

                                          While working on performance tweaks it is customary to consult the analysis reports on a regular basis to see if our changes moved the needle. More often than not the tweaks are released one small batch at a time and it'd be nice to drop markers and custom annotations directly on the charts. I'd like to use that feature to add short phrases describing what was changed that led to the improvement, or degradation for that matter, of performance.

                                          This would be by server (cluster/node) and by metric with the same retention period as the base data for that chart.

                                          50 votes
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