In April 2017, we started this webcast series directed specifically at existing Foglight administrators and users within your organization.   We call the series, “Foglight Skills 101.”  We present topics that have a broad interest among administrators and users – people who use Foglight often, but who might need some help getting up to speed with an important feature/function of Foglight.  This series takes place on either the last Tuesday or Thursday of every month and lasts approximately 45 minutes.  The next webcast is being planned for Mar. 2022.   

Each webcast completed so far is listed here, along with the link to the Webex recording of each presentation (and each new webcast will be added to the list each month).  If you need help in the below categories, click on the category link to access those specific training sessions:

 

Index for Foglight for Database webcasts:

Quick Start Guide to Foglight (5)

You’ve just been handed access to Foglight. Now what? These basic sessions will help any NEW Foglight administrator or user get familiar with the tool. We suggest you start here in order to understand the fundamentals of Foglight before proceeding.

Extending Foglight Monitoring (1)

Learn more about customizing Foglight to integrate additional data from devices beyond databases and infrastructure.

Alarms (5)

Foglight fires alarms when something being monitored is experiencing a lower- or higher-than-desired level, or “abnormal” behavior.  You can help Foglight understand what “reasonable” levels of performance are, and which problems result in email notifications.  Learn the finer points of configuring and controlling the volume of alarms in Foglight.

Fine-tuning your monitoring (5)

Put to use some of the built-in facilities of Foglight to make your monitoring even more effective and valuable:  registry variables, schedules, services, and the security model.

Reporting and custom views (5)

Many Foglight users wish to produce reports or custom views that visualize important key performance indicators about some of the monitored things in their environment.  Reports can be produced and shared, whether template out-of-the-box reports or custom-built reports.   Online screens, or dashboards, can be custom-built, too.  Learn some techniques to help you see and share your monitor information.

Workflows (9)

Learn how to interpret and react to various types of alarms and to problematic resource usage by workloads.  Equip yourself to track down causes of degrading performance.

Foglight architecture (1)

Understand how Foglight’s architecture can affect the availability and the performance of your monitoring.

Maintenance and Troubleshooting (2)

A well-maintained monitoring environment will be healthier and more useful.  Find out some of the key techniques to use, and places to look for help, to bolster the health of Foglight.

Associated uses, products, and add-ons (13)

Database cartridges allow you to monitor your database instances.  But you can boost the power of your monitoring by adding one or more of these features.

Foglight Cartridge Specific Sessions (2)

Many of the capabilities and techniques covered by the other recorded webcasts in this index are common across whatever type of database you are monitoring.   But each platform has its own operating and processing challenges, and unique terminology.  Learn some of those distinctions of specific cartridges, including MySQL and Cassandra.

Tuning Expensive Queries (1)

Query tuning is key to peak performance databases. However, lots of developers and DBAs constantly struggle to pinpoint the root cause of performance issues and spend way too much time in trying to fix them. Quest Foglight can quickly help you find which queries to focus on and fix. By utilizing Foglight’s multi-dimensional Performance Investigator and Quest’s SQL Optimizer, you can quickly rewrite the query or, discover the best index to use.

Preparing for your next Foglight upgrade (2)

Index for Foglight Evolve webcasts:

Virtualization Optimization – How to fine tune Foglight to optimize your environment

View the webcast here

This webcast covered:

  • Behavior based usage: is something happening that isn’t normal?
  • Building up Baseline: understanding the real “normal” for a VM
  • Costs: understanding the actual cost of running a VM
  • Efficient allocation: matching resource and VM
  • Future Proofing and What-If: do we need more and when will we need more resources?

Consolidation Advisor – How Foglight can consolidate Data Centers and Legacy

View webcast here

This webcast covered:

  • Concept of the Consolidation Advisor – what are the use cases?
  • Setting up the Consolidation Advisor environment – make it match your environment
  • Working with consolidation projects – basic functionality + specific VM distribution
  • Running models – how do you interpret the results
  • Working with consolidation lists – saving your plans for future use
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