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SQL monitor installed directly on monitored server VS installing elsewhere with access to server


Can anyone advise me on the advantages/disadvantages to both of these scenarios? And which is best practice.



  • Best practice is going to be install elsewhere and not on the SQL Server, ever. 

    Disadvantages is that SQL monitor takes some resources and if the server is down then monitoring is down.  In a high performance production scenario any and all resources should be dedicated to SQL.  

    Only advantage and the typically use case for installing monitoring on the server itself is a cost saving measures in my opinion.  It could also make for a smaller footprint by having 1 or 2 less VMs/Servers. 
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