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    • 4 Jan 2018

    Toad Cross Country Vacation

    Woohoo! Just got word that my boss approved my January vacation and now I’ll get the opportunity to check several items off my bucket list as I hop across country to the Quest Database Fed Forum in DC on February 20th . On my First stop I will meet up with SharePlex System Consultant Susan Wong @lasgav for a swim in the Pacific Ocean on New Year’s Day (she tells me; “it’s a thing”)! I am...
    • 27 Dec 2017

    How to use GDPR compliance as your competitive edge

    It’s all too apparent that most organisations facing the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) are seeing it as a costly, time consuming hurdle that they need to reluctantly resolve with as little financial investment or business interruption as possible. However, we really need to be looking at why GDPR came into existence in the first place, and how it is an excellent opportunity for organisations to gain...
    • 22 Dec 2017

    Can multiple emails be used to access one Spotlight Cloud account?

    Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise users would like to share the instances that are being monitored by Spotlight to their bosses and other employees without installing the Spotlight client on their desktop. The question is, how can this be done? Does the Spotlight Cloud ( www.spotlightessentials.com ) have this feature available? Can multiple emails be used to access one Spotlight Cloud account? Yes, multiple emails...
    • 15 Dec 2017

    Want faster backup and recovery? Attend our webcast on LiteSpeed for SQL Server

    From my posts about LiteSpeed for SQL Server and juggling cross-platform databases with Foglight® , you guys know how much I dig being a DBA, right? I mean, it’s not like I make much of a secret of it. I was even born with the right initials to be a DBA. It’s the kind of work my parents raised me to do. Who wouldn’t like that? You wanna know one thing I don’t like? Going slow. I like...
    • 7 Dec 2017

    Customer Conversation: Diagnose SQL Server Instances in an Availability Group

    I recently spoke to a user of Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise who wanted to be able to drill into the individual SQL Server instances that are participating in an Availability Group. The customer had successfully created a connection to the Availability Group listener, but he couldn't figure out how to further diagnose problems that were occurring on a specific member of that group. I love it when customers provide...
    • 4 Dec 2017

    Foglight for SQL Server: Back to Basics - Diagnosing Blocking

    I've done a number of posts recently that touch on Foglight administration, customization, or some of the more advanced capabilities of the product. I felt it was a good time to circle back on some of the more basic use cases that Foglight can help DBA's with. In this series of posts, we'll take a look at some of the more common challenges that DBA's face, and show you how Foglight for SQL Server can help...
    • 4 Dec 2017

    Integrate Foglight by Sending SNMP Traps

    Many customers ask how they might integrate Foglight Alarms into other 3rd party monitoring tools. One way to accomplish this is to send SNMP traps in response to a Foglight alarm. To configure Foglight for this capability, you need to first download the MIB file. ‘MIB’ stands for Management Information Base. The file is a collection of definitions that define the managed object properties. (Note: Port...
    • 30 Nov 2017

    Toad and Foglight in harmony – The PL/SQL Profiler

    My favourite feature in Toad has always been the PL/SQL Profiler. I love the way it can profile your code executions is integrated with the editor. It is such an easy and visual feature to use. So if you have Foglight for Oracle Performance Investiga...
    • 29 Nov 2017

    You're Fired! Wait, What has Fired?

    Foglight has many out of the box rules to evaluate performance and availability conditions for your databases, virtual and physical infrastructure, web pages, network devices, etc. Once it has been running for some time, it's a good idea to evaluate which rules are enabled, and which ones are triggering the most alarms. The first step to see what rules apply to a "device" is to check the Agent Status page...
    • 27 Nov 2017

    Monitor Unix/Linux Servers in Spotlight

    Use Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise to monitor performance health of Unix/Linux servers that host your SQL Server databases. Spotlight offers: Spotlight can monitor the following operating systems: Red Hat Enterprise 7.3 Ubuntu® 16.04 and 16.10 The required connection parameters are: Server Address, User, Password and Port Number. Our Release Notes document outlines the required user permissions in...
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