Greg Larsen, a SQL Server DBA, and the owner of the website SQLServerExamples.com, has released a free plug-in for SSMS called the SQL Server DBA Dashboard. The useful tool produces a multitude of reports to help both DBAs and Developers in their quest to see inside of SQL Server, and how it is performing.
The tool comes with two main reports. The first one is for production DBAs, and has information of particular interest to them. The second main report is geared more toward SQL Server developers.
The tool works similarly to the free SQL Server 2005 Performance Dashboard that Microsoft offers, but Greg’s version includes additional features and not only works with SQL Server 2005, but it also works with SQL Server 2008 as well.