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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 9:14 AM
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Hi all, I work in an environment with about 20 sql databases on 10 servers I need a cheap or free tool that allows me to manage/monitor all SQL instances on all servers.

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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 9:20 AM



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You might want to take a look at the series of Server Overview articles here.
They use SSIS, so it's all free (except for the time required to implement).

I use this... I have an Excel spreadsheet waiting in my email every morning to review all of the servers. I do in 10 minutes what it would take most of a day to accomplish all of it manually.

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SQL Server and Windows offers a whole bunch of monitoring and management stuff for free. Perfmon and server-side traces can be used to keep an eye on your systems. If you have Enterprise, you can start putting the Data Collector to work collecting performance monitoring on your production systems. You can put on all kinds of checks with Policy Management. It's easy enough to schedule specific checks through SQL Agent and set up alerts that will generate emails... You really can build out monitoring for all your servers for effectively nothing.

That said, if you're really interested in something lightweight and inexpensive, you should take a look at Red Gate SQL Response.

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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 12:32 PM


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If you put in the time SQL Nexus can provide alot of information.
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Posted Friday, October 15, 2010 1:53 PM



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These are separate functions. Monitor could be a lot of stuff, and lots of tools. SQL Response (I work for REd GAte), Server's Alive, What's Up, multiple packages here. Depends on what you want/need.

Manage, is there something beyond SSMS you need? PBM is a great tool, and there are home grown solutions that can help as well. Lots of articles on this site dealing with the topic.

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Hey, as far as I know, there is no freeware can manage database. All SQL management tool is commercial and they are not cheap.
I always believe in Acronis and Paragon, they are the top leader in the field.
But some inexpensive software can also do the job, like EASEUS TODO BACKUP SERVER, they are easy to use and contain a lot of impressive featues.
Hope I can help!
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