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    • 25 Jan 2017

    A Blog About the Foglight Alarm Log

    I recently showed a customer how to modify the thresholds and severity levels of Database alarms by using the Foglight for Databases administration dashboard. A follow-up question was about how to do the same thing for alarms that were appearing for ...
    • 24 Jan 2017

    What are Foglight services and what do they mean to me?

    In a number of different areas, you will notice a reference to ‘services’. What are these and why should I care? Services could change the way you interact with Foglight. Services are nothing more than a group of objects. You can create static lists of specific objects (something like all the most critical servers, or all the servers in a specific site, etc…), or dynamic lists that are built and maintained...
    • 24 Jan 2017

    Application Monitoring, where should I start? What are the colors that Van Gogh used?

    It’s been amazing how much creativity and innovation is out there. Customers have been teaching me a lot over the last 20 plus years. Two identical applications behave differently for two different clients and their different customers and in their different environments. I am a Van Gogh fan. Like any Van Gogh painting, you see beautiful and mostly bright colors, and the amazing shades that are used. There are some...
    • 24 Jan 2017

    java monitoring instrumentation levels, who would know better than you?

    Java Monitoring for Dev, Test, QA and Prod environments & collection options Best part of my job over the last 20+ years is working with more than 200 companies and working very closely with a few dozens. The variety that I have been exposed to has helped me learn a lot from these diverse environments and the people involved. Most companies, especially the ones with Performance Teams, have interesting guidelines...
    • 24 Jan 2017

    Do you know where your java transactions are, part 2

    Java Workload Characterization – Part 2. My 3, 5, 7, 10 Rule I hope you had a chance to look at do you know where your java transactions are, my Java Workload Characterization – Part 1 blog. And I love to hear what else you can add or suggest to our audience. Here in this part two, I like to cover some additional dimensions to my monitoring. Occasionally you end up working for one very large composite...
    • 23 Jan 2017

    A casual conversation leads to success

    I was working with a customer the other day that hosted equipment for a number of companies. He was not an ISP, but more a small cloud provider. He had about 25 clients that used his services. He liked what Foglight had to offer for performance monitoring software tools and was going to implement it so he could monitor his environment more effectively. We got to talking and he told me about a project they were working...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    Sounds like a Plan!

    The famous Yankee, Yogi Berra once said, “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.” This applies to lots of different things and since this is a blog about SQL, you likely know where I am going with this - Execution Plans. Simply put, Execution Plans, sometimes referred to as Query Plans, are maps of the query's data retrieval methods. In my spare time, I am an avid...
    • 20 Jan 2017

    What was my Database Waiting on Overnight?

    The data that we get in Foglight Performance Investigator for SQL Server and Oracle is shown on the default dashboards to provide actionable insights. But sometimes you want to get a bit more granular. There was a report in the deprecated Performance Analysis that showed wait events broken down by hour. A customer recently asked me to duplicate the report using the Performance Investigator data. There is a manual...
    • 13 Jan 2017

    Spotlight 11.7.1 Is Now Available For Download

    Hear ye, hear ye! Spotlight version 11.7.1 is here! There are several fixes and a few enhancements included in Spotlight 11.7.1. The product fixes included are listed below for your reference: ID 6097 - Resolved an issue with the Spotlight Connection Manager, where Spotlight Connection Manager sometimes selected the wrong connection type to delete in cases where the request to delete a connection and the name...
    • 12 Jan 2017

    Making Connections with Spotlight on SQL Server (Now with Bonus Info)!!!

    Spotlight on SQL Server provides excellent real-time monitoring, workload analytics and more for SQL Server. You can download the complete software for a 30-day trail on as many systems as you'd like. A previous post walked through the installation of Spotlight, but once that's done, it's necessary to point Spotlight at the systems you’d like it to watch. Luckily, that’s as simple as going to Configure...
    • 12 Jan 2017

    Before you Migrate that VM to the Cloud

    When the day arrives that your IT leadership decides to incorporate modern cloud technologies into operations some new realities will come into play. First you need to put cloud computing into it’s proper perspective which makes the process for migration easier to define and execute. Cloud infrastructure is quite simply a collection of software defined computing resources managed and hosted by someone outside...
    • 12 Jan 2017

    Integration of PowerShell scripts into Foglight custom agents to read values from a XML file

    One of the nice features in Foglight is the possibility to extend the existing monitoring capabilities by custom script agents. Unfortunately it is not possible to directly call PowerShell scripts within Foglight. In the following, I would like to describe how to bypass this restriction by using a Windows batch file. The example will be a script that reads information about Windows start times from a XML file generated...
    • 10 Jan 2017

    Track vCenter Change Events with Foglight

    Change Analyzer has a really awesome feature called Change History. The Change History View displays all of the vCenter change events that occurred to VMs, hosts, clusters, datastores, and resource pools within a selected environment, during a selected timeframe. Change History View - In the example below, I'm filtering on all Change Events by 'SATURN\mikem' Filter and Export - In...
    • 10 Jan 2017

    Quest Customer Story: Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Provides Twofold Benefit for International Application Delivery Company

    It never gets old hearing about how Quest Performance Monitoring solutions offer actionable insight to mission-critical systems. Upon visiting a customer for a 'health check' of their environment, we had the pleasure of learning about two distinct ways Spotlight is providing value for them. The DBA Team Lead shared a recent experience in which Spotlight was instrumental in maintaining peak performance of their...
    • 9 Jan 2017

    Foglight Tip: Silence Alarms Using Blackouts

    During periods of scheduled maintenance, you may wish to prevent Foglight from sending alarms about the systems involved in the maintenance task. The use case is quite obvious. You know the system's down for maintenance and there's no need for you to be alerted to this fact. This is known as "blackouts" in Foglight. The process is quite simple: Decide whether you want to stop collecting data or...
    • 9 Jan 2017

    Hyper-V Virtual Switch Monitoring with Foglight

    Hyper-V Virtual Switch Monitoring shows topology views from the Hyper-V Server to the Physical NIC(s), VMs to the Physical NIC(s),"Top VM" Send and Receive transfer rates and a very informative summary dashboard. The Summary Dashboard provides the answers to which Virtual Switch has the - highest percentage of network utilization? highest network transfer rate? highest data packet traffic?...
    • 4 Jan 2017

    Why be NORMAL?

    When monitoring databases for performance , we certainly want to understand things like CPU spikes, memory pressure, I/O latency, and the like. If we see this type of performance, the next step is to take a closer look and attempt to find out what's causing it, right? But taking a step back for a moment, have you ever realized one of the first questions you are often asking yourself when you notice performance deviations...
    • 3 Jan 2017

    I Found My Foglight Hosts Services!

    I previously shared a challenge I had with finding the services that were created in the Hosts dashboard . Ideally we want to be able to use them in the Hosts and Infrastructure dashboards, but also add them to the Service Operations Console or attach them to an existing service definition in the Service Builder. To start, we'll add a new category in the Service Builder. Next, we'll add a child service to...
    • 30 Dec 2016

    Where Did My Foglight Hosts Services Go?

    I had a customer create a service definition for the result set of a search that was done in the Hosts dashboard. But we weren't able to view it in the Service Operations Console nor add it to an existing service definition in the Service Builder. For some background, in the Hosts dashboard, you can search for a string or a host name and view the matching results. From there, you can give that result set a name...
    • 28 Dec 2016

    End to end monitoring: How can I troubleshoot from the VM all the way to my storage array?

    Today I would like to share with you some content I created that can help an admin troubleshoot their environment from a single pane of glass. No more bouncing between different performance monitoring tools . No more trying to correlate different metrics derived in different ways from different tools. One Tool to rule them all, One Tool to find them, One tool to bring them all and out in the light bind them. I created...
    • 23 Dec 2016

    Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise: Just the Facts! Part 4: What is the Alarm Setting?

    As we continue our navigation of Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise and we can diagnose an alarm that triggers. Let us see what setting caused an alarm to trigger. The fact is when you start monitoring an Instance it is assigned the preset “Factory Settings. Those settings may need to be adjusted it may be a good practice to familiarize yourself with the setting values and determine if you should adjust them to...
    • 22 Dec 2016

    Spotlight on SQL Sever: Just the Facts! Part 2: Acknowledging Alarms from Spotlight Today

    Just the facts! Part 2 Acknowledging Alarms in Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Now that we have establish a view of the facts let’s see what we can do with them. Some on these alarms are set by default to be acknowledged before they will clear for the alarm list. I would like to take this opportunity to walk to through the process of “acknowledging” these alarms from the “Spotlight Today”...
    • 22 Dec 2016

    How to query Spotlight’s Statistics Repository database for historical transactions?

    The pursuit of historical data and its analysis is a significant part of the functionality that Spotlight on SQL Server users have come to expect and continue to seek improvements upon. In the past, users have expressed the need for ad-hoc query capability in order to review historical data. The ability to review historical monitoring data via a query or a report is a capability that Spotlight users are often requesting...
    • 22 Dec 2016

    Performance Analysis to Performance Investigator - Part 2: New and Enhanced Features

    In part one of Performance Analysis to Performance Investigator , I discussed the history of Performance Analysis and its transformation into Performance Investigator, as well as the architectural differences between the platforms. In part two, we will discuss the new and enhanced features that come with Performance Investigator. All along, our goal in this transition was to maintain the feature set that customers have...
    • 22 Dec 2016

    Performance Analysis to Performance Investigator: Part 2 - New and Enhanced Features

    In part one of this blog series (here: https://www.quest.com/community/b/en/posts/performance-analysis-to-performance-investigator-part-1-introduction-and-architecture ) I discussed the history of Performance Analysis and its transformation into Performance Investigator, as well as the architectural differences between the platforms. In part two, we will discuss the new and enhanced features that come with Performance...
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