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    • 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

    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...
    • 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...
    • 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”...
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