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  1. Alerting on Autogrowth Events

    Alerting on Autogrowth Events, some environments set the file size of their databases and would like to be alerted if autogrowth occurs since that indicates abnormal behavior

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      2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

      Hi,

      Thanks for your suggestion. There’s an alert type called Database File Usage that might solve this for you – this alert will trigger when you are within a certain amount of time of an autogrowth event (eg DB file 1 will grow in 7 days).

      By default it’s switched off for databases that have autogrowth enabled so you’ll need to uncheck that option first.

      There’s some details on this alert here: http://documentation.red-gate.com/display/SM8/List+of+alerts#Listofalerts-DatabaseFileUsage

      It is also possible to add custom metrics to monitor autogrowth, for example:
      - be alerted when the number of autogrowth events that occur on the data file or log file of a database goes above defined thresholds: http://sqlmonitormetrics.red-gate.com/database-autogrowth/
      - be notified when the number of available steps gets too low: http://sqlmonitormetrics.red-gate.com/database-growth-steps-available/

      We’d be grateful if you could confirm if the Database File Usage alert or custom alerts meet your requirements, or if you feel there are…

    • Group instances, not servers

      For example: when I have a database cluster running multiple instances I would want have the possibility to put one instance in a development group and another instance from that same cluster in a different group. In this way managing alert settings etc on a group level becomes much more convenient.

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      • Overview database growth estimation

        When planning new server we have to estimate how much space will be taken by database during life cycle of new SQL server and when SQL monitor watching server for us I would like to have possibility see following:

        - Database file size portion
        - Log File size portion and how much of that contain free space
        - Estimated growth (as information in Alert)
        - Summarized size per disk (if possible with how much space left)
        - Have this available as summary tile in the report, so I can reactive this info as email.

        Thanks and regards,

        //Radek

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          1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →

          Hi Radek,

          We have released a new page to SQL Monitor that gives you an overview of the disk space used across the estate with a projection of how it will grow in the coming year.

          You can try this out by updating to the latest version 8.0.13 (it was released in version 8.0.10), or by viewing the online demo at https://monitor.red-gate.com/Estate/Disks

          We’d be grateful if you could confirm if this largely meets your requirements or if you feel further improvements would be particularly helpful to you.

          Kind regards,
          SQL Monitor Development Team

        • Option to include @Channel or @User in Slack Channel Notification

          Provide an option for individual alerts to include @Channel or @User to the slack channel notification.

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          • TempDB unexpected growth

            I think it would be a good idea to have information about what caused random sudden growth in tempdb. I know we can see the DB size chart but theres no way to know what caused it.

            Information that would be nice to be captured:

            Table name
            What query created table
            What user created table

            20 votes
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            • be able to report on deadlocks

              Add the possibility to report on deadlocks. The information is stored in the database as an alert but it's currently not possible to report on alerts.

              I'd like to see the occurrence of deadlocks over time, per database,...

              10 votes
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              • filter the queries to see in the top queries and long running queries section

                In top queries and long running queries section, I can see the queries executed by the db system but I want to filter out such queries.

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                • blocked by (number)

                  This should be easy to implement..

                  "blocked by [some number]"
                  If available show the security context/or username associated to the session number.

                  It would be a time saver, and enable me to react or ignore faster

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                  • Set alert rules on specific AG nodes

                    Our AlwaysOn AG groups are backed up from the secondary node (the preferred node). Not Backed Up alerts still show for the primary node. We would like to be able to filter these out.

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                    • Set up multiple custom alerts for a single custom metric

                      For some custom metrics, the ideal number is not a fixed number. (E.g. ideal number of VLFs depends on log file size). In those cases I write a custom metric that returns a "percentage of ideal number". I like to be warned both when the actual number is too high and when it is too low so I would like to set up two custom alerts for this.

                      This is currently not possible without creating a copy of the custom metric, which of course wastes resources. Please consider adding the option to set up multiple custome alerts for a single…

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                      • Create Duplicate of Default Alerts

                        Hi, it would be great to create 2 Default alerts with deffernt setting for differnt servers
                        and to seperate AO Group when creating Alerts
                        so that a Backup Replica wont go into some alerts that serve the production Servers

                        4 votes
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                        • Blocking process Hover Information should show Total Blocking Duration

                          The (Restored in 8.0.6) hover over the Alert List's "Last Updated" column shows the duration of the Alert itself, NOT the total time involved.

                          Unless you memorize the configuration of this Alert for each of its 3 severity levels, and assume they never change, and never vary by server, nor by database... you must sill open each event to see the "Total blocking duration for all descendants" published under the "Details" tab, then add that to the event duration, for which you must now do time subtraction as there is no "Duration" on the Status line... (another omission).

                          Having to…

                          3 votes
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                          • I would like to be able to enter a sql handle and see the history of query time and plans

                            I would like to be able to enter a sql handle or query hash and see the history of query time and plans in the zoomed time frame.

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                            • be able to be advised if a certain query (sql_handle or query_hash) is suddenly taking much longer than normal to execute. Not only to see

                              I would like to be able to be advised if a certain query (grouped by sql_handle or query_hash) is suddenly taking longer than normal to execute.

                              The query may or may not be included in the top 10 queries.

                              /Rasmus

                              4 votes
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                              • Customize Disk Space alert for C: drive on all servers

                                SQL Monitor allows me to set global settings for Disk Space alerts, and then override for a complete server group, for all disk of one single server, or for a specific disk.

                                What I want is to have different settings for the system drive (C:) as compared to the other drives, Currently I need to set this for each individual C: drive, so one change per server.

                                Please make it possible to specify global settings (applying to all disks on all servers), and then add an override for C: on all servers.

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                                • SQL Monitor acquiring shared locks on objects

                                  Is it necessary for SQL Monitor to acquire shared locks on objects when monitoring a SQL instance?

                                  We experienced a deadlock on our system when SQL Monitor was trying to query a system table msdb..backupset at the same time that on of our maintenance plans was deleting backup history as one of its sub tasks.

                                  It would be nice if we could either set the isolation level per alert or if you guys would amend your code to use nolock query hints?

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                                  • domain

                                    Have the Redgate Monitor application support multiple AD domains for users. I have over 4 domains with users that want access to the application.

                                    3 votes
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                                    • Timestamps in UTC

                                      Currently, timestamps in charts and elsewhere are displayed in local webbrowser timezone. I need all the timestamps in UTC. I need to share screenshots with colleagues in different timezones and having them in UTC is a must have.

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                                      • Clone a report and change the server name globally within it

                                        I have crafted a report for my servers. I understand there's some behind-the-scenes scripting I can do to replicate a report, but the GUI could provide a "Clone Report" option, allowing me to change the server name reference on all the widgets. Sure would make deploying one extra server easy.

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                                        • View trace queries without alert

                                          It would be nice to be able to view Trace queries without an alert. For example a separate page to go through the queries against the DB even when an alert is not raised.

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