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    • 16 Feb 2018

    Tune Your Queries with SQL Optimizer (Pt 1)

    One of the many ways to improve database performance is to tune SQL queries running in your environment. Two primary reasons for tuning are: Minimize Response Time – End users who are interacting with data want that data as quickly as possible. It may be mission-critical data ( e.g. medical, financial). Often, the speed with which the data is returned shapes the level of customer satisfaction. No one likes to...
    • 13 Feb 2018

    Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Tip: Reduce Noise Using Planned Outages

    Naturally, it's VERY important to know when things are going wrong with our monitored instances. What's not helpful is the dreaded "False Positive." You know the scenario I'm about to describe. It's 03:00 and you're sleeping soundly and dreaming of the yacht you'll be sailing during your retirement. Suddenly, you're awakened by an alert that your instances are unavailable! During...
    • 12 Feb 2018

    “License and Registration, please…” Spotlight

    So, you’ve downloaded and installed an evaluation of Spotlight Enterprise. Good news…it comes with a 30-day evaluation license key! Spotlight is fully functional (not limited trial functionality). It simply expires after the 30 days. There are a couple of situations where you will need to apply a Spotlight license. Perhaps the Sales Rep you’re working with has provided an extended license to allow you...
    • 8 Feb 2018

    Foglight for Virtualization - A Year in Review

    Wow! What a year and what a way to wrap it up. Foglight for Virtualization 8.7.5 is out and with it brings a brand new SaaS offering from Quest that enables connectivity from any Foglight for Virtualization installation in the world to the cloud. Try...
    • 5 Feb 2018

    Measuring the Impact of Meltdown and Spectre Patching on your Databases

    The new year kicked off with some big news on January 3rd, 2018 with the news of the Meltdown and Spectre chipset vulnerabilities. There are a lot of resources available to understand the details and potential impact. This one from cnet.com is pretty good. As the patches from the operating system vendors are being rolled out, a question often comes up - "How will this impact me?" Specifically, it's the...
    • 2 Feb 2018

    Evaluating Foglight vs Oracle Enterprise Manager

    As part of most any database monitoring software evaluation, it includes comparing that software to similar solutions. Logically, it often means doing head-to-head comparisons to database tools that come bundled with that particular DBMS. Regularly, I see evaluators take note of similarities and differences of architecture, usability and navigation, and product features that present specific information to help address...
    • 29 Jan 2018

    Monitoring the Status of your TempDB using Foglight for SQL Server

    In every SQL Server instance the TempDB database is the common global resource for all the operations taking place and DBA's are particularly cautious about the use of it. Given the nature of applications and ad-hoc queries by users, one must keep track of the usage of the TempDB by various applications and process and take appropriate actions when the size falls below a certain limit. To ensure optimal health of...
    • 15 Jan 2018

    Foglight.. Start Your Engine!

    This post is short but hopefully useful. When you start the Foglight server and navigate to the home page URL (http://foglight_server:8080 or https://foglight_server:8443 ), you may see a startup splash page (below). If you see a login page, then the Foglight server has started and is ready to use. You may wonder what the startup process is doing. Or not. If you're in the former group, you can click the lower...
    • 12 Jan 2018

    Required Ports For Spotlight

    Spotlight Diagnostic Server must be able to maintain bi-directional communication with every monitored host. Additionally, it must be capable of sending and receiving data from every Spotlight Client application in addition to sending data to any properly configured Spotlight Cloud. Spotlight utilizes designated ports for such communication protocol which facilitates the monitoring. These ports also allows for provisioning...
    • 4 Jan 2018

    Top 5 challenges of managing cross-platform databases

    If you’re like many DBAs, your life is probably getting more complicated by the week. Are you under pressure to manage larger and larger numbers of database instances? Or to adopt new database technologies like open source or NoSQL? With those changes, are you still required to ensure the best performance and stability for your entire environment? A survey by Unisphere Research 1 showed: 72 percent of DBAs...
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