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Which one you are using in your environment
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Quest Software-Spot light
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SQLSentry-Performance Advisor
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Posted Thursday, January 24, 2013 5:40 AM


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Need to install one for my Environment for monitoring 10 instances
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Posted Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:22 AM



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You're really going to need to evaluate each of the tools to see which will do what you need for the money you're willing to pay. 10 instances is a pretty small installation, so any of the tools can support you. All the best tools have a free trial period, so you can install them and test them out.

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Posted Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:24 AM
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I compared the tools from Idera, Red Gate and SQL Sentry. I found that SQL Sentry gave me:

- An executable client, eliminating the need for a web server
- A polling approach instead of having to install a monitor application on the monitored servers
- The ability to drill down to what statements were running at a point in time
- Integration with a great query plan tool plus a view similar to Oracle's explain plan
- A monitor for SSAS as well as SQL Server

I believe that the SQL Sentry and Red Gate tools are both excellent.
We chose SQL Sentry. Overall, I've found it to be a very good tool that I'd be comfortable recommending to anyone.

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Posted Thursday, January 24, 2013 7:25 AM



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Again I refer you back to the topic you rasied earlier

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Posted Thursday, January 24, 2013 8:02 AM



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I've used Ignite and Spotlight, and also a third one notmentioned in your list; Quest Foglight.

Ignite and Spotlight are really doing different things.

Ignite is mainly for monitoring wait statistics, and it does so very well in a very easy,intuitive and fast web based GUI. It's easy to install and does not require anything to be installed on the monitored server instances.

Spotlight is more for monitoring of backups, jobs, disk, cpu, memory. Also easy to install and does not require anything installed on the monitored servers.

We ended up with both Spotlight and Ignite.

Regarding Foglight: My personal recommendation: Don't go there. The web GUI is sluggish, you need a master degree to install. Monitoring stops at least once a month. Quest has been trying to fix this for us for over a year, but no progress has been made.

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