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  1. Analysis parsing of dates and multiple baselines using a text input search

    Allow the analysis and other date filters to provide the option to paste and try parsing the date based on matching common patterns (maybe even allowing user to define options in config file).

    For example, the standard SQL datetime2(0) of yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss pasted would convert to the date it parses.

    Maybe even consider taking a page from the freaking great design Simple Bank has started applying which is a text based filter applying friendly syntax. I have found this incredibly useful.

    They let you type in the search filter

    "last 3 months"
    "last week"
    "date:1/1/2015-1/15/2015"
    "date:1/1/15-1/15/15"

    and it immediate updates…

    3 votes
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      0 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.

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

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

      • comment markdown

        CONTEXT: I use comments on alerts raised by SQL Monitor to document root cause of the triggered condition and resolution action.

        PROBLEM: Comments only support plain-text. When creating/reviewing comments, it's often useful to add links for more detailed descriptions of the cause of the alerts, and links to ticketing systems for resolution steps. Simplified bulleting/numbering and bold/italicized text would also be helpful for breaking up monotonous text.

        EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS: Add Markdown (http://daringfireball.net/projects/markdown/) support to addition/review of comments. A couple implementations for examples of usage:

        - StackOverflow (http://stackoverflow.com/editing-help)
        - GitHub (https://help.github.com/articles/github-flavored-markdown/)

        4 votes
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          0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • 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.

          6 votes
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            2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Job step failure - trigger an alert, even if the job itself doesn't fail

            CONTEXT: If job step "On failure action" is set to "Go to next step" or "Go to step xy...." and the step fails, we would like to be alerted. The alert should be triggered immediately (as opposed to at the end of the job).

            PROBLEM: SQL Monitor "Job failed" alert doesn't alert in such cases.

            EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
            • A new alert.
            • Expanding options on the "Job failed" alert.

            34 votes
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            • 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!

              131 votes
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                31 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 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…

                160 votes
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                  39 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • 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…

                  458 votes
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                    61 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                    We are currently implementing a design which will allow grouping of emails in the Alerts inbox.

                    We’d really like some early feedback to make sure we’re on the right track. If you’d be willing to take a look at our designs, I’d be grateful if you could reply to sqlmonitorfeedback@red-gate.com with ‘Alerts’ as the subject so I can send you further details.

                    Thanks,
                    Adam, SQL Monitor Development Team

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

                      Version 7.1.2 is now available and features a beta for the ability to install multiple base monitors with a single UI.

                      Documentation can be found here: https://documentation.red-gate.com/display/SM7/Multiple+base+monitors

                      We’d really like to get your feedback if you try this out, so we can get an idea of how many people are using multiple base monitors, and where we can improve it.

                      Please email sqlmonitorfeedback@red-gate.com with any feedback, or if you have any questions we can help with.

                      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…

                      217 votes
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                        10 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

                        Hi,

                        We’re currently beginning the research into this feature, and have some ideas of how we might approach it.

                        However, we’d like to understand more about your requirements so we can design the best solution.

                        If you’d be willing to take a short call from us, please reply to sqlmonitorfeedback@red-gate.com and I’ll send further details – we’d appreciate your input.

                        Thanks for your support,
                        Adam
                        SQL Monitor Development Team

                      • Select and store a static baseline for future reference

                        CONTEXT: When comparing server performance over longer periods of time or across deployments, the baseline functionality in SQL Monitor's analysis section is useful.

                        PROBLEM: SQL Monitor creates a dynamic baseline based on previous data. While this baseline is a realistic idea of what's "normal" it requires us to keep a lot of data in SQL Monitor

                        EXAMPLE SOLUTIONS:
                        • Aggregate data in SQL Monitor so that it can be retained for longer without using much space
                        • Allow us to "freeze" a baseline so that the data doesn't get deleted.

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

                        29 votes
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                        • 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…

                          229 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…

                            233 votes
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                              19 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

                            • Develop SQL Server Agent Job Status Alert

                              Add a new SQL Server Agent alert to monitor the status of a job. The ability to alert when a job is running longer than a specified time or has not run within a specified time. The current alert will only notify you after the job has stopped. This does not help when a job is hung.

                              11 votes
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                              • allow analysis graphs to update with realtime data without having to manually refresh them

                                We have SQLmonitor analysis graphs running on wallboards to show us data that is useful to us, but we continually need to click the button to "jump to present", as the timeline does not update as more data is collected to show the most recent history. We want the graph to move automatically to match the current time of day.
                                Maybe a "play" button that would allow thye display to automatically refresh the graph along the timeline and a pause button should you want to drill deeper into a certain time period when investigating issues. Having the graph update automatically…

                                19 votes
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                                  4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • In the Analysis tab, it would be better to have an option to change the font from grey (very hard to see) to black/dark blue or something

                                  In the Analysis tab, it would be better to have an option to change the font from grey (very hard to see) to black/dark blue or something

                                  6 votes
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                                  • More options for Custom Metric Frequency

                                    Would it be possible to have a custom option for the Custom metric gathering, as it stands the data can be collected at intervals of 1,5,10,30,60,1440 minutes

                                    it would be nice to be able to select a custom value and values less than a minute, the standard metrics that are gathered appear to be gathered every 20 seconds which isn't an option here

                                    Thanks for your time and concideration
                                    Ste

                                    8 votes
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                                      0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
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                                      Note that you can currently hack an arbitrary “seconds” value into the SQL Monitor database – but changing the Custom metric configuration via the UI will reset the collection interval to one of the default values.

                                    • Custom metric: alert when value changed

                                      I want to be alerted if someone creates or deletes a database. The metric itself is easy (select count(*) from sys.databases - executed for the master DB on all servers).

                                      But in the alert setting I can only define that it should trigger if the new result is abover or below a set value but not for value changed (compared eigther to the previous value or the "baseline").

                                      So I have to create two metrics / alerts for DB drop (below) and create (above) AND have to define / modify the number of databases as alert threshold for each server…

                                      18 votes
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                                      • Allow Groups to be created on Instance name rather than server name

                                        For multiple instance hosts, each instance can have a separate functional purpose. However groups do not allow instance level granularity. It would be useful to have distinct instances from the same host in separate groups.

                                        15 votes
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                                        • Check both full and differential backups for the overdue alert

                                          As it is, the backup overdue alert will not check if a differential backup has been run.

                                          Example: We have a database with simple recovery model that is set up to make a FULL backup every week, and a differential backup every day. If the alert level is set to "more than one day" then it will be triggered even though the diff backup has been run, indicating that it is not overdue.

                                          We could set (and do that) the alert level to check only for "more than 7 days", but then we will not be notified if a diff…

                                          26 votes
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