Suggestions

Welcome to the Redgate SQL Monitor feature suggestions list. Tell us how we can improve SQL Monitor by voting on these suggestions or by submitting your own ideas.

This is the easiest way to make an impact on SQL Monitor’s roadmap. Check out the completed suggestions to see how your ideas have influenced us in the past. Please note that this list is one of multiple sources that drive our development, meaning that we will not always implement the highest-ranking suggestions.

To give your idea the greatest possible impact, please follow these guidelines:

  • Describe the goal you’re trying to accomplish, rather than a specific solution to get there
  • If you have a favoured solution, add it as a comment to your suggestion
  • Give us as much context as possible
  • Only make one suggestion per post. If you have multiple ideas, submit them in separate posts
  • Comment and vote on existing posts to develop the ideas — often the SQL Monitor team will initially stay quiet about new suggestions to see what you have to say!

If you have any questions visit the SQL Monitor forum.

  1. Option to filter(replace) sensitive SQL from alerts displayed/recorded

    Similar regex functionality to how processes/queries can be excluded from an alert but to hide or better yet not record sensitive SQL/SQL fragments

    10 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  2. Add day name(sat, sun, mo etc) of date to analysis screen

    Add the day name of date to analysis screen.

    Currently only the date and time is displayed on the graph lines dots.

    6 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  3. Add plus/minus tolernaces for unusual job durations

    Allow different tolerances to the plus and minus percentages for the "Job Duration Unusual". In some circumstances (especially when there may be a lot of data coming in and the disks are extremely busy), I don't mind a deviation of a few hundred percent positive in the deviation. But a negative deviation of 90% would likely indicate some of the expected data was missing (thus a problem).

    1 vote
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  4. Customizing alerts without loosing inherited settings

    Would be great to have the possibility to customize alerts on lower levels without loosing the inerited "customizations".
    Otherwise there is the need to "copy" all the exclusions made on higher or highest level to the level that should be customized...
    In example : i want to add a keyword for a specific query on Database Instance without loosing all the exceptions made for backup and so on.

    7 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  5. Allow email configuration at the time you configure a new alert.

    Once you configure an alert, it automatically defaults to notify the default recipient. However, if I want another user to receive these emails, I have to configure this through Alert Settings. I'd like the ability to set up the email address in Custom Metrics setting, so that everything is done in one integrated place.

    3 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  6. Allow custom metrics to be optionally created as "event" alerts rather than default "continuous" alerts.

    I have installed the "Used/available database space increased alert" which alerts when defined thresholds of used space have been exceeded. However, once activated, the alert remains in an active state with no additional notifications (easily missed). I'd prefer to have this metric run daily and notify each time a threshold is exceeded.

    17 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  7. Include instance-specific name (@@SERVERNAME) on alert mails

    The alert mails for a SQL Server cluster contain the cluster name but not the actual instance virtual name. It would be nice if the mails contained the actual virtual name (as given by "select @@servername") so that the email contained all the details needed to connect to an alerting instance.

    My cluster name (i.e. CLUST01) is a different IP than my virtual names (i.e. VIRTUALSQL01), which means that I can't connect to my "FOO" instance by "CLUST01\FOO" as the alert email seems to indicate. Instead I need to connect via "VIRTUALSQL01\FOO" which is not present anywhere in the alert…

    20 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  8. Monitor an application server

    You can already monitor a 'host' machine which does not host any SQL Server instances, but it would be nice if we could also monitor application log locations, services etc.

    Maybe Custom Metrics which can use something other than t-sql?

    3 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  9. Alert when SQL Monitor is having a problem.

    We have the SQL Monitor database located on a different server from the Base and Web Service. We had an instance where the SQL Server hosting the SQL Monitor database went down. When that server went down it failed to send us an alerts and we didn't know that SQL Monitor was having no problems as it wasn't sending out any email alerts to notify us that it couldn't connect to it's database. A nice fix would be to have SQL Monitor send an alert to notify us that it can't do it's job.

    38 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  10. Add capability to export Alert information in csv, xml format for analysis

    It would be good to be able to export Alert information for downstream analysis of frequency and timings for Alerts. E.g. Deadlocks over a period of several weeks - allows to identify hotspots and trends for certain Alerts

    15 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Daniel Rothig responded

    (Gathering feedback)

    Hi, is frequency analysis something that we could offer in-app, or would you specifically prefer to export the data first?

  11. MS DTC down alert....

    I would like to see an Alert if MS DTC (the DTC service) has stopped\failed or doesn't restart after a reboot.

    1 vote
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  12. Per database table fragmentation.....

    I would like to see a a Sql Monitor "information" page that shows the "top 10" fragmented tables on a per database level.

    101 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  13. When a custom metrics targets specific databases then only those database should be listed on the Analysis tab

    Currently a custom metric is listed in the left most list box and the databases are in the right most. Some custom metrics are specific to a single database or a specific group of databases.

    In either of these cases the database list in the last list box could be filtered to be only the databases that the metric relates to. This would save clicks and shorten the time taken to get to view the analysis trace.

    15 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  14. 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.

    42 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    6 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

  15. 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 .

    1 vote
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    Daniel Rothig responded

    (Gathering feedback)

    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?

  16. 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.

    4 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  17. 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.

    12 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    under review  ·  Adam responded

    We’re reviewing this and would appreciate any more context on what you would like to do with the information.

  18. Make software FIPS 140-2 compliant

    Currently SQL Monitor is not FIPS 140-2 compliant

    5 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  19. 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.

    1 vote
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    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

  20. 61 votes
    Vote
    Sign in
    (thinking…)
    Sign in with: Facebook Google
    Signed in as (Sign out)
    You have left! (?) (thinking…)
    6 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
  • Don't see your idea?

Suggestions

Categories

Feedback and Knowledge Base