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    • 20 Feb 2017

    The Importance of Performance Benchmarking to Decrease Op Ex

    Throughout my career I have conversed with many IT leaders that have adopted the practice of measuring the performance of their technology assets by monitoring key performance indicators (or KPIs). Most of them will tell you that there needs to be some standard against which KPIs are measured and compared. The process of comparing a set of key performance metrics against some kind of objective standard is a form of benchmarking...
    • 2 Feb 2017

    Foglight for Virtualization: Top 5 Reports You Should be Running (but probably aren't!)

    Find out what reports you should be running to gain better insight into your environment.
    • 1 Feb 2017

    Creating Rule for User-Defined Queries in Foglight

    One of the powerful features of Foglight for Oracle and Foglight for SQL Server is the ability to enter your own database queries (SQL) and have the Foglight collector execute these and return data. Trent Mera wrote a great blog on this topic called User-Defined Collections (UDC). Once the data "hits" Foglight, it can be used like any other metric. For example, you could add the results to a drag 'n drop...
    • 31 Jan 2017

    Spotlight on SQL Server Installation Requirements (and Optional Walk-Through)

    Installing Spotlight on SQL Server If you’d like to take Spotlight on SQL Server for a spin, this post will tell you what you’ll need to do it in terms of hardware, permissions and settings. First, you’re going to need the installer, which you can get from Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise . Download the .exe file, along with the docs available. The trial software is the full Spotlight product with...
    • 31 Jan 2017

    Foglight Skills 101: Send Emails when Alarms Fire

    Foglight administrators and other Foglight performance monitoring users who are asked to configure alarms to send email notifications sometimes struggle if they miss a step or two in the process. This post is meant to take you through the basics, and help you be successful the first time. No matter which Foglight cartridges you have installed and have put into use, a few requirements need to be met to send email notifications...
    • 31 Jan 2017

    Foglight for SQL Server: Business Intelligence Monitoring - SQL Server Integration Services

    Microsoft has evolved their marketing over the past several years to focus on the fact that SQL Server is more than just a Relational Database Management System (RDBMS). You may have noticed, that Microsoft commonly now refers to SQL Server as the SQL Server Data Platform, highlighting the fact that SQL Server includes Business Intelligence capabilities, on top of it's industry leading relational database system....
    • 31 Jan 2017

    Send a VM Performance Report to a User

    Are your users constantly asking for VM performance reports? Get them off your back by following these easy steps!
    • 30 Jan 2017

    How Do I Configure Foglight to Send Me Text Message Alerts?

    Want to receive Foglight alerts on your mobile device? Follow this guide to learn how!
    • 30 Jan 2017

    Monitoring IT Operations in the Datacenter

    The question for those in data center operations management is not which tool but rather what combination of tools will provide the right metrics at the right time. Quest solutions are part of the larger IT ecosystem and thus our products tend to integrate well with other complimentary and even competitive solutions. Foglight is one such product. It is often times made the record of truth for enterprise performance monitoring...
    • 30 Jan 2017

    Your Performance Monitor Might be Alerting Exactly How You Told it To - Badly

    The first lesson in my first computer class in school taught this: “garbage in, garbage out”. The point, of course, was that an information system can only act according to what it’s been told. It can’t read minds and assume what you meant rather than what you’ve told it. Well, maybe some can now, but that’s for another discussion. If you look at your performance monitor as an information...
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