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  1. Long-running query alert - add an option to exclude queries based on the USER running it

    This alert already has the options to exclude queries (via RegEx) based on the process name or SQL commands/objects used. I miss a similar option for excluding queries based on the user running the query.

    An example: let's say you have a job that runs SSIS job steps using a proxy->credential->dedicated domain user. The SSIS packages run loads of SQL queries, some taking a long time - but that might be expected and OK (let's say the job is a nightly ETL process for a DW). Without excluding queries based on that user (simple but effective!) you could get a…

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      5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      Daniel Rothig responded

      We’re a bit sceptical about this one – with two RegEx fields, this alert already causes a fair amount of time overhead and cognitive load to get configured.

      I’ll leave it open and see how it develops

    • exclude all of my system databases from the log backup alert

      I would like to exclude all of my system databases from the log backup overdue alert as I only perform daily full backups on them. At the moment I have to go into the Config settings and change the alert to disabled for those DBs on each servers.

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        4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        Daniel Rothig responded

        When we’ll be improving the alert configuration UI, we’ll keep that use case in mind

      • UI global overiew - add tickerbox with unread alerts

        To get a instant view of the unread alerts and their context/importance it might be a good idea to create a tickerbox at the leftmenu of the global overview page.

        Currently to know what kind of alert has occured, I have to zoom in/navigate everytime to the alert page.

        Layout example: Grouped by server, level, category, datetime

        As addition it might be an option to create a tickerbox hide option .

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          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          Daniel Rothig responded

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          Hi brendo, how would you expect the tickerbox to behave if there is a large volume of alerts incoming? Would you expect to always see the x most recent ones, or would you like to be sure that all alerts show up in this tickerbox over time?

        • Alerts with and/or (boolean) logic

          To determine performance problem b it is needed to monitor several counter values at once. For example when counter x and counter y and counter z are all below 10 then you have a memory problem. I would be nice to contruct that kind of logic to get true performance alerts.

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          • Alert statistics over time

            I would like to see which alerts are firing more frequent over time.
            It would be nice to be able to see alert statistics over time, tabluar or graphical.

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            • One-time Maintenance Window

              We perform updates to (nearly) all our Windows servers on our domain monthly. I'd like see the ability to set a maintenance window and have it removed once it has passed, rather than having the maintenance window fixed to set time every week.

              One use case is "silencing" alert generation while investigation is in progress

              49 votes
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              • Make software FIPS 140-2 compliant

                Currently SQL Monitor is not FIPS 140-2 compliant

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                • Collect SQLServer:Memory Manager counters.

                  This would be especially useful for SQL 2012 where counters have been removed from the buffer manager exist in the memory manager counters. For SQL Server 2012, I have observed that there is a memory leak and this is revealed by observing the Memory Manager Optimizer Memory (KB) counter.

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                    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                    Daniel Rothig responded

                    Hi, we’re monitoring a few of those out of the box and the rest can be covered via the custom metrics feature – check out sys.dm_os_performance_counters

                  • 61 votes
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                    • 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…

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                      • The ability to pull ALL job names

                        from an instance view their statuses have a high level overview of the success to failure ratios on the jobs listed. Then the ability to export the results to different formats (csv/pdf/html)

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                        • How about a custom metric or alert to return data in character value as opposed to just numeric scalar or NULL

                          I want to have a function much like profiler to collect login data, who logged on & be able to filter on the data collection, for instance, if I only want to see when domain\me connects to the sql server, I would like to track that information. I am aware this can be done with profiler, but I would really like to have the ability to use one tool.

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                          • Multiple Maintenance Windows

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

                            63 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

                            • 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).

                              4 votes
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                              • Provide Mobile version of Alert Monitoring Screen

                                It may be just me (since no one sle has yet to suggest this) but a mobile friendly version of SQL Monitor for the ALERTS tab would be of great benefit. Currently I check the ALERTS on my SMART PHONE which has a screen waaaayyyy to small to do this but since I have no tablet option I have no other choice.

                                A mobile option at login to SQL Monitor would let those with smaller sized computing devices acccess the ALERTS tab so as to monitor/check in on their SQL Monitor instance remotely.

                                Thanks

                                8 votes
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                                • Collecting custom metrics for multiple databases at the same time

                                  ATM, a custom metric can return one value, but sometimes collecting the metric for one database takes the same amount of time as collecting it for all of the databases.

                                  Having a multi-database metric (maybe something that returns a database id -> value map (as a two col table)) would be especially useful if it takes a long time to collect the metric (in my case it takes nearly 30 secs to collect it).

                                  12 votes
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                                  • Allow configuration of Fragmentation Alerts down to Table for EXCLUSIONS

                                    The Fragmentation Alert for a database only permits on/off and low/medium/high with page count configurations.

                                    This is far, far too high a level to be useful.

                                    The Alert needs, at the very least, INCLUSION and EXCLUSION capabilities by table within database. An overall fragmentation low/medium/high and pages would be OK to START WITH, but It would be great to be able to go to each index and state the fragmentation limits and even whether to monitor it.

                                    In my case, I use Idera's excellent Defrag Manager, so when I see this alert, I check that Defrag Manager is doing its…

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                                    • Save DMV Snapshots for Analyzing and monitoring changes

                                      Idea is to save snapshots of DMV's so that the changes can be analyzed. For example sys.dm_exec_procedure_stats shows only total, last and average elapsed time. It will be great to know how the average changed over a period of time.

                                      Common use case: sysproperties

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                                      • Add other Red Gate tools to SQL Monitor as licensed modules

                                        It would be useful if the following tools were additional modules that could be added to the web interface to SQL Monitor;

                                        SQL Backup Pro
                                        Index Manager

                                        For example, upon receiving a no database/log backup alert it would be great to just click into another section of SQL Monitor to then diagnose/fix the issue rather than using an external application. Additionally the capability within Index Manager would sit well in SQL Monitor as a logical extension for the fragmented index alert.

                                        This would allow SQL Monitor to be the primary place that a DBA would need to go in order…

                                        8 votes
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                                        • Option to exclude custom metric from Analysis Graph page

                                          When setting up a custom metric, have the ability to exclude it from the Analysis Graph page. E.g. I set up a metric that checks the Auto_Update_Statistics setting for each database and then creates an alert if a database is set to OFF for this setting.
                                          It is however not needed in the Analysis Graph page as it is purely an alert.

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