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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.

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  1. 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…

    117 votes
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  2. 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)

    9 votes
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  3. 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.

    4 votes
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  4. 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

    11 votes
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  5. 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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  6. 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…

    7 votes
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  7. 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.dmexecprocedure_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

    29 votes
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  8. 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…

    11 votes
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  9. 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 AutoUpdateStatistics 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.

    4 votes
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  10. Create alert on items in Analysis Graph

    The ability to create an alert metric around data which is currently being collected for the Analysis graphs. E.g. Being able to alert when the BufferPagerLifeExpectancy drops below a certain amount.

    32 votes
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  11. Add an option to schedule when custom metrics run against a given database.

    Currently when a custom metric is executed can only be controlled by the frequency (daily, hourly, etc).

    My primary purpose is for daily. I would like to schedule the time of day a daily metric is run per database, or at least server. The custom metrics I pull back are time sensitive so controlling when the metric is returned is a must.

    A more advanced option to this would be going beyond simply choosing the time of day for daily runs, but rather the ability to build a custom schedule of run times. An example might be Custom Metric A…

    42 votes
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  12. Add custom metrics to Overview(s)

    Add the ability to choose what is displayed on the overview for a given server/instance - especially with the addition of custom metrics.

    Even better would be to allow the addition of multiple overviews (aka Dashboards) and configure what each one displays.

    23 votes
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    Daniel Rothig responded

    We like that idea – if it gains traction, we’ll prioritise it more

  13. custom group order

    I'd like to be able to pick an order of my groups... dev, prod, staging in alpha I'd prefer to see prod, staging, dev.

    5 votes
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  14. Add % CPU Usage column for the "User SQL processes (top 10 by CPU usage)" section.

    On the Overview page for the SQL Server instance there is a section: User SQL processes (top 10 by CPU usage) that show current SPIDs that are utilizing CPU resources. This section should show the actual % of CPU usage for that SPID.

    1 vote
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  15. Have audible alerts on SQL Monitor

    It would be very helpful to have a configuration setting to make alerts audible (something like a beep or alarm ring). In the office we have a screen that displays the SQL Monitor where the alerts are only noticed when people look at the screen, which is not very often.

    An audible alert of 'red' alerts would prompt us to action them straight the way.

    31 votes
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  16. Add additional perfmon counters

    It would be useful to have configurable perfmon counters available in "Analysis" above and beyond the out-of-the-box counters.

    62 votes
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    Daniel Rothig responded

    For SQL Server perf counters, you can create a Custom Metric against sys.dm_os_performance_counters. For Machine perf counters, you have to use CLI at the moment

  17. allow more configuration options for the 'Job duration unusual' alert

    The 'Job duration unusual' alert is based off of the last ten runs of a job. I think allowing a configurable number of runs to be a baseline or better yet, the last x runs at the same time of day would be ideal.

    28 votes
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  18. Add more visibility to captured system processes

    A view of all system processes is available whenever an alert is clicked. It would be nice to get the same view of system processes with their CPU and memory consumption for a specified time even of there is no alert to click on at that time.

    6 votes
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  19. Do other tasks than send email on new alert

    It would be nice if it was possible to allow other tasks when a alert is raised. Other tasks which could be called: Script file, url, exe file.

    79 votes
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    Adam responded

    We were initially a bit sceptical about this, reasoning that if your monitoring solution becomes an active part of the system, it’s no longer a monitoring solution but part of the infrastructure that needs to be monitored.

    However, our thinking in this area has evolved and we can see there are a number of scenarios where it would be useful for alerts to trigger an additional action, and where potential risks are nevertheless manageable.

    If you’d like to help us understand more about the kind of things this might help achieve, please email sqlmonitorfeedback@red-gate.com and we’ll get back to you.

  20. Jobs in calender formart so you can see when they are all schedualed.

    It would be nice if you could see all jobs on the server. Perhaps in a calender format so that you can see when they are schedualed. It would be nice if you could drag and drop so that it changes start times. It would be nice if you could see the job history as well.

    62 votes
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    Daniel Rothig responded

    We like the idea – if this idea gains traction, we’ll look into implementing something like this

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