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An In-Depth Examination of Red Gate SQL Monitor


An In-Depth Examination of Red Gate SQL Monitor

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Nice one, Adam. I'm just getting round to using SQL Monitor after winning a copy from Red Gate. My colleagues still find it a bit freaky when I say stuff like, "How's that long running query working out for you?" - I don't think they like the Big Brother of it all :-D
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does it focus down on individual queries as the cause of high resource usage, show query plans, suggest possible improvements?

You say servers must be defined by physical name which is obviously an issue with clusters, but the SSC servers being monitored are clustered? Is this a case then of monitoring all the nodes in the cluster but having to know which node is currently active?

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george sibbald (2/14/2011)
does it focus down on individual queries as the cause of high resource usage, show query plans, suggest possible improvements?


No. It's more of a server-wide picture, with occasional deeper insight when certain events hit. As I mentioned in the article, I'm very much looking forward to additional enhancements.



You say servers must be defined by physical name which is obviously an issue with clusters, but the SSC servers being monitored are clustered? Is this a case then of monitoring all the nodes in the cluster but having to know which node is currently active?


I don't know if the SSC servers are clustered or not. Yes, you can put both physical names in, but AFAIK the tool doesn't tell you which node is active.

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I am just starting to set up SQL Monitor to monitor a clustered server, so I'll see if I get the same problems you had with registering the server.
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You say servers must be defined by physical name which is obviously an issue with clusters, but the SSC servers being monitored are clustered? Is this a case then of monitoring all the nodes in the cluster but having to know which node is currently active?


I don't know if the SSC servers are clustered or not. Yes, you can put both physical names in, but AFAIK the tool doesn't tell you which node is active.



Yes, the SSC servers are clustered. No idea which one is active as of now, but I'll ask if the tool shows this.

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The SSC cluster is an active/active cluster, and SQL Monitor is monitoring both of them with ease. Node 1 runs the SSC databases, and node 2 runs the Simple-Talk databases.

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The SSC cluster is an active/active cluster, and SQL Monitor is monitoring both of them with ease. Node 1 runs the SSC databases, and node 2 runs the Simple-Talk databases.


Makes sense. So the situation described in the article only applies to active/passive clusters.

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well if you are pointing at physical server names you still need to know which node is supporting which instances or you might wonder why CPU usage just fell through the floor :-)

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How would you compare SQL Monitor to SQL Sentry? The one thing I do not like about SQL Sentry is that it is not web based.
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