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    • 20 Mar 2017

    Benchmark Factory - Getting Started With SQL Server Custom Workloads

    Quite often when I discuss BMF with customers they want to understand how to generate workload for their existing stored procedures. As part of their development life cycle if a change is made to a stored procedure they want to re-run a test and make sure response and scalability hasn’t degraded. While BMF has capture replay capabilities, this distinct feature for regression testing can be tricky to workout. ...
    • 9 Mar 2017

    Slacking off? How to Send Foglight Alarms to #slack

    This post will show how to integrate Foglight alarms into a #slack channel. It is a very easy and quick process. The longest step will likely be to request email app access from your slack admin. Once you have received approval to use the slack email integration, you can add an email integration to your slack channel. Either pick a channel from the list, or create a new channel. You can then customize the name that...
    • 3 Mar 2017

    Three Routes Through an Ocean of Performance Metrics

    Navigating with Foglight for Databases Behind the opening screen of Foglight for Cross-Platform Databases lies a wealth of overview and detail screens to give you a clear picture of database performance issues and their causes. But to really take advantage of what the tool provides, you need to have a sense of how to get around. In this post, I’ll show the three key ways to navigate. First, we’ll cover...
    • 27 Feb 2017

    Customize Alarm Key Values in Spotlight

    Spotlight’s vast alarm customization capabilities enables users a wide variety of options. Setting alarm severity levels, their start and end threshold values, or disabling them completely are just a few. Fortunately, Spotlight performance monitoring takes customization to another level. In general, alarms are generated based upon the value returned from a collected set of data. Alarms can be further classified...
    • 27 Feb 2017

    Spotlight Alarms and Powershell Execution

    Spotlight notifies DBAs of performance issues via triggered alarm messages. More importantly, specific actions can be taken based on these alarms, by configuring the Alarm Actions feature of Spotlight. Read our blog about Alarm Actions configuration steps to learn more. Some common actions are sending an email, suppressing the alarm or running a program. Additionally, executing a Powershell script is another available...
    • 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...
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