How do you use cloud databases? Take the survey.

Competition: What’s your favorite SQL Monitor feature?

RoseannaRoseanna Posts: 353 Rose Gold 3
edited February 9, 2021 9:44AM in SQL Monitor

Hello everyone, 

Enter our competition to win a Pluralsight subscription and Redgate goodies.

To say thank you for all your support, we’re giving you the chance to win a 3-month subscription to Pluralsight and Redgate goodies including a SQL Monitor t-shirt and SQL Server Execution Plans, Third Edition by Grant Fritchey. 

To enter our prize draw, please answer this question in the thread below: ‘What’s your favorite SQL Monitor feature and why?’

The competition closes on 20 March and the winner will be randomly selected from the entries received.

Good luck!


*Pluralsight provides web development, IT certification and online training that helps you move forward with the right technology and the right skills. 
Product Marketing Manager for SQL Prompt and SQL Toolbelt Essentials


  • rajkumarrajkumar Posts: 2 New member
    SQL Change Automation is d best! It Rocks creating Migrations and Deployment Scripts
  • RoseannaRoseanna Posts: 353 Rose Gold 3
    edited February 3, 2021 11:25AM
    Hi @rajkumar, it's fantastic to hear that SQL Change Automation rocks creating migrations and deployment scripts! Do you use SQL Monitor too? If so, do you have a favorite feature? 
    Product Marketing Manager for SQL Prompt and SQL Toolbelt Essentials
  • rajkumarrajkumar Posts: 2 New member
    Blocking Process is one of the coolest feature! It always corrects me that i didn't hit into pitfall :)
  • rajkumar said:
    Blocking Process is one of the coolest feature! It always corrects me that i didn't hit into pitfall :)
    That's awesome. Really pleased to hear that the blocking process alert is so useful. Good luck with the prize draw and have a lovely day :) 
    Product Marketing Manager for SQL Prompt and SQL Toolbelt Essentials
  • So many features to choose from, but I am going to opt for custom metrics.  The reason for this is to enable a consistent alerting platform.  It also allows us to use pre-defined pagerduty alert mechanisms with no extra effort at all.  Where possible, we'll use SQL Monitor custom metrics over jobs configured in SQL Agent.
  • My fave is the alerting.  We use both email and slack for various alerts.
  • dev26v8dev26v8 Posts: 1 New member
    You can quickly see how your server is performing and which queries are taking the longest. My favourite is the Intelligent alerting & performance dashboard because it provides a quick dashboard to identify what servers have issues, and the priority of them. 
  • GDoddGDodd Posts: 2 Bronze 1
    Heaps of features make my life easier: Disk usage projections, Custom Metrics to monitor your own applications, emails reports so you can show management trends over time, the Server Overview page (the whole page is awesome, especially the top 10 waits), but the biggest thing has to be Alerts. When monitoring the DB isn't your only job, getting alerted when things go wrong is essential - it lets you get on top of an issue quickly, resolving it (hopefully) before the business even notices. It takes a while to set all of the levels to what your systems need so you just get the alerts that matter, but it's worth the investment.
  • Gotta love the dashboard. It just sits there all day where it can be glanced at. All green = all good! (I do wish it had a large format / TV mode though.)
  • SidneylcSidneylc Posts: 1 New member
    The feature I like most is alerts so I get notified to when something is wrong. But I will also say the reports because I can share it easily and I don't have to check queries or events for myself to present them.
  • We are using SQL Monitor
    the most interesting are: main dashboard, as well as Tempdb monitoring, Blocking processes, Availability groups and the databse view.
  • nreynardnreynard Posts: 2 New member
    Tempdb session & version store give a quick & precise indication of [where to start] when monitoring an instance for me - they are really useful, thanks!
  • Blocking process, then deadlocks.

    I am totally depending on redgate on that, the best detailed email i get ever for these 2 issues
  • I love the API - we've been able to use it in some automation.
  • Thank you for all your entries so far. It's been fantastic to learn about your favorite features :) 

    Looking forward to receiving more entries. The competition closes on 20 March, so you've got a while yet to submit your favorite SQL Monitor feature for the chance of winning a Pluralsight subscription and Redgate goodies.

    Product Marketing Manager for SQL Prompt and SQL Toolbelt Essentials
  • angelosangelos Posts: 3 Bronze 1
    For us it's AG latency monitoring. 
    Being a financial company we need to have split second synching between HQ and DR so AG latency monitoring is crucial
  • ChancerChancer Posts: 1 New member
    We find the Global Overview the most useful, it gives us the status of all our servers at a glance.  We can then drill down to investigate any issues.  That along with the alerting features available we are always on top of any potential problems
  • TempDB and Blocking process monitoring as well as main perfmon figures
  • VBJVVBJV Posts: 13 Bronze 2
    I love the ability to customize the alert levels.  This allows me to get pestered by emails from the issues that really matter (as defined by the team).  That way there aren't too many alerts that consequently get ignored.
  • dyarddyard Posts: 5 Bronze 1
    edited February 16, 2021 6:37PM
    I have been using SQL monitor for years. I have loved this tool from the beginning but since the last updates to the Dashboard\Overview and others. Redgate has stepped up their game in the market. Favorites for me would be the deadlock graph much easier than doing this in SSMS all the tabs are there for alert history to occurrences. Another favorite is the Analysis Graph this really helps us plug in the time line to get that historical information on just about everything you can think of. Moving right along to the reports to create custom reports to send out weekly or what ever time frame you like. This helps us stay proactive on the areas we have identified has hot spots we need to work on. Last the new estate tab this one is great easily to identify what needs patched and the disk usage needs. I cant really say I have a favorite overall I love all the features in this tool and will continue to use this for years to come. Thanks Redgate
  • jholckjholck Posts: 1 New member
    Alert Suppression Windows and being able to build automation around it. We perform our monthly server patching process in 3 phases (environment-based). We are able to use our enterprise job schedule to find all the systems in our "TEST" group, and add a suppression window. We are then able to use the same type of automation to remove the suppression window when the work is completed. We do this also for our STAGE and PRODUCTION environments. Reduces noise and manual work!
  • The analysis graphs are quick and easy to use to dive into trends.  A couple clicks and you have a great view of the metrics you were looking for. 
  • knjaknja Posts: 1 New member

    Top queries and waits because of full query details and automatic updates. Best monitoring tool. 

  • joey321joey321 Posts: 1 New member
    Blocking and Deadlock alerting is very important as it might signify problems with memory, IO latency, stressed CPU, bad code, missing indices and other problems.
  • deepaklaldeepaklal Posts: 1 New member

    My Best features of SQL Monitor are

    1. SQL Server monitoring and alerting tool, designed to allow Ops teams to supervise many SQL Server instances across different networks.

    2.It allows you to add Users,Manage Monitored Servers,Configuring Alerts & Alerts  Notifications,Respond to Alert Notifications, Analyse Metrics with a  Global Dashboard.

    3. Estate pages help DBAs monitor and safeguard the security, stability and availability of their servers.

    4. SQL Monitor allows you to create,configure,schedule,email and download reports. 

    Wanting to win the 
    Pluralsight subscription and Redgate goodies.

  • dalibdalib Posts: 1 New member
    Finding inactive SQL server databases is an excellent feature, because it helps to keep memory clean and help monitor database activity, gives you idea at a high abstraction level about all databases in use and others that aren't.
  • sredmondsredmond Posts: 4 New member

    My favourite feature is the baseline. That I can easily see how a particular metric was over, say the last week or month, is very useful. I don’t use it often but when I do want it, it is a lifesaver.

    The feature that I am most thankful for and that I use most often is the Overviews screen. We have 27 production instances and being able to see them at all at a glance is wonderful. We have a big screen mounted in our office with the Overview screen displayed on it. I can use it to show PMs, people from Helpdesk whether an instance is under more load than usual this morning, I can respond reasonably quickly to a deadlock, failed job or some other event that requires my attention. I notice from the movement or colour change that something has happened.

    And during home-office, it occupies my second screen.

  • Hi there,
    For me the best feature is the 'Latest Alerts' side panel. It lets me know a fast overview on how the system is performing and allows a rapid (less clicks) to get to any issues.
  • CamromereCamromere Posts: 12 New member
    I like the dashboard for a quick view of issues on any SQL Server, but the Custom Metrics are a plus too!
  • TonyRTonyR Posts: 1 New member
    SQL Monitor has to be #1 - it's got us out of sooo many difficult situations its like having an engineer on call 24/7 
This discussion has been closed.