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Alert Inbox Grouping Preview in SQL Monitor

The SQL Monitor team are hard at work, improving how you manage your alerts.  We’re currently researching whether the ability to see similar alerts grouped together (akin to the threaded email view you see in Gmail or Outlook) might address the common problems we hear on research calls, and on the SQL Monitor UserVoice page. Read more

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SQL Monitor Quick Tip: Using the SQL static code analysis performance rules

Static code analysis parses the source code, checking the syntax for compliance with a built-in set of rules. These rules are designed to encourage good coding practices and, applied during development and testing work, help you minimize the number of ‘code smells’ that creep into your application and database builds. For SQL, these ‘smells’ could Read more

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Unearthing Bad Deployments with SQL Monitor and Redgate’s Database DevOps Tools

Sudden performance issues in SQL Server can have many causes, ranging all the way from malfunctioning hardware, through to simple misconfiguration, or perhaps just end users doing things they shouldn’t. But one particularly common culprit is when deployments go wrong: I don’t know a single DBA who hasn’t been burned by a bad release. To Read more

SQL Monitor

SQL Monitor plans for the second half of 2017

SQL Monitor’s dev team has made huge improvements to the product over the last year. In the first half of 2017 alone, they released reporting capabilities, support for collecting metrics from VMWare hosts, significant improvements to performance and scalability, improved configurability of alerts, as well as dozens of smaller enhancements. Since we’re about half way Read more

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VMware monitoring in SQL Monitor

Over the years, running SQL Server inside a virtual machine has changed from being a bit of a strange and risky idea to being commonplace and offering a range of benefits: more effective distribution of load, more flexible provisioning and allowing additional tiers of redundancy to be put in place. Though these factors are compelling, Read more

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How to monitor backups and other SQL Agent jobs using SQL Monitor

How many times, when reading a report of some highly public case of data loss or corruption, do you inevitably stumble across a line like: ‘Unfortunately the backup job had not been running for the last three months, and no one noticed’? It’s not enough just to set up jobs to run database backups, or Read more

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Troubleshooting a painful query using execution plans in SQL Monitor

It’s just one of those average days for a DBA; everything is cruising along nicely one minute and the next, red alerts, metaphorical or otherwise, start flashing up on one of your SQL Server instances. CPU is through the roof, you see disk IO spikes, memory usage is high. It’s only a matter of time Read more

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Using SQL Monitor with SCOM

In my last blog post, I talked about how to get SQL Monitor to send alerts to Slack and how to send SNMP Traps. It’s easy to make SQL Monitor send SNMP traps, but SCOM is more challenging than most management tools to configure to receive these traps. This walkthrough shows how to configure SCOM Read more

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Integrating SQL Monitor alerts with other systems

One of SQL Monitor’s most valuable capabilities is raising alerts when bad things happen in SQL Server. The alerts are listed within SQL Monitor but can also be sent out as emails. However, many of our customers have said they’d like to see those alerts in their other systems too. The latest version of SQL Read more

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How to accelerate your SQL Server performance using SQL Monitor

I’ve been lucky enough to spend some time as a racing driver, racing BMWs for three years before joining the BRSCC Porsche Championship. Steve McQueen famously said ‘Racing is life. Anything before or after is just waiting’. When I’m waiting, I’m a SQL Server DBA consultant and throughout my racing and DBA career, I’ve realised Read more