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Is anyone using this productively? Pros? Cons? Worth it?

I'm currently demo-ing it and it looks very nice. There are some small issues that I'm having with it but overall it seems good. I'm just curious if this product is ready for primetime.

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Hi,

Yes, we are using it in our environment, but only on servers where we have a problem.... We found that there is a overhead on performance if you leave it running on a instance. Also great for "non-Dba" users to look at, and get to the problem fast! Nice auditing functions, and monitors the OS to a degree..

Overall, i think for the price you pay, this is a must have in your toolkit! (Saved me alot of time already!)

Eric.




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Eric Rautenbach
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Agreed, the product does look very nice and to the junior DBA can give some good insight into what is going on with the server. In the past, I've used it to identify mostly CPU contention.

However, as mentioned, it can be a resource hog locally on your machine especially when monitoring more than 3 systems, I've noticed. Also, the software doesn't do very good when the server is having difficulties. The version I have used installs quite a few stored procedures directly on the server in question.

I have also used a product by Idera. Less resource intensive and can give excellent statistical data, but doesn't look as 'pretty'.
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