"Foglight Skills 101” Webcast Series

In April 2017, we started this webcast series directed specifically at existing Foglight administrators and users within your organization.   We call the series, “Foglight Skills 101.”  

We present topics that have a broad interest among administrators and users – people who use Foglight  often, but who might need some help getting up to speed with an important feature/function of Foglight.  This series takes place on either the last Tuesday or Thursday of every month and lasts approximately 45 minutes.  The next webcast is being planned for late January, 2019.   
 
Each webcast completed so far is listed here, along with the link to the Webex recording of each presentation (and each new webcast will be added to the list each month):

 

Tuesday, April 25, 2017:  Tips for Rule and Alarm Management

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This webcast covered the following:

  • Best practices for altering rules
  • Rule conditions
  • Rule actions (defining what takes place when an alarm fires)
  • Rule behaviors (do you want to see the actual frequency of a triggered alarm, or more of a sampling?)
  • Scoping of rules and alert threshold values to finely tune when, and for what, an alarm fires

 

Wednesday, May 24, 2017:  Moving from Performance Analysis to Performance Investigator

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This webcast covered the following:

Many of our customers have already moved their deep-dive monitoring and diagnostics over to Foglight Performance Investigator.  In doing so, they’ve been able to take advantage of much greater simplicity, scalability, and also a much richer feature set than any other product on the market.  This webcast will explore the differences between Foglight Performance Analysis and Foglight Performance Investigator, while describing key considerations for anyone making the move.

 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017:  Gain More Time to Improve and Innovate:  Zero in on Your Problems Quickly!

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This webcast covered the following:

  

  • Alarm workflows for common use cases:
    • Address a current server resource problem
    • Determine if activity on a database is unusual or normal
    • Use alarms to aid capacity planning processes
  • Use email notifications to alert the right people of problems that need attention
  • Manage alarms: locate, acknowledge, clear, and purge alarms when appropriate

 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017:   Find More Time for Innovation and Helping Your Business:  Invoke Variables for More Nimble Monitoring

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This webcast covered the following:

  • Important but often overlooked variables for core Foglight functions
  • Describe the difference between registry variables, rule variables and severity-level variables
  • Uses of variables for email notifications
  • Scoping registry variable values for common use cases

  

Thursday, July 27, 2017:   Distinct and Helpful Features of Database Cartridges

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This webcast covered the following:

  • Databases dashboard tips and tricks
  • Steps to define alert thresholds and email notifications for database alarms
  • How to create and use User-Defined Collections

 

Tuesday, August 29 2017:  Keep Key Performance Indicators One Click Away with Foglight Custom Dashboards

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This webcast covered the following:

Anyone responsible for designing, building, and modifying dashboards, or helping others do the same, needs to know some best practices.  Creating a user-customizable dashboard can increase productivity by displaying vital information in one, easily accessed location.

  • Dashboard design
  • Basics of drag-and-drop techniques: building the dashboard
  • Locate an existing dashboard definition to copy it or alter it
  • Examples of custom dashboards, parameterization, and copying to a report
  • Sharing access to a dashboard

 

Tuesday, September 26, 2017:  Minimize the Noise - Analyze and Adjust Your Database Alarms

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This webcast covered the following:

  • How to configure database alarm settings including setting thresholds
  • How to perform alarm analysis for tuning of alarms
  • How to copy alarm settings between different servers
  •  How to set up notifications
  •  How to clear old alarms

 

 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017:   Broaden the Reach of Performance Insights Using Reports

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This webcast covered the following:

Anyone tasked with running reports or creating new custom reports in Foglight will benefit from knowing the various places in the product to generate and manage reports, and some best practices.

  • Use the drag-and-drop interface to create reports containing selected metrics and views
  • Share your report designs with other Foglight users, or keep them private
  • Use the report templates that are already installed with your Foglight cartridges
  • Schedule reports, save them to files, and email them to people in your organization

 

Tuesday, November 28, 2017: Gaining a Different Perspective on IT Assets Using the Service Builder

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This webcast covered the following:

Foglight is Quest’s enterprise database and infrastructure monitoring solution. Join this session to learn techniques for building Service Definitions in Foglight. Services can be created for various uses within the tool. We’ll create a service using the Service Builder, followed by using the service in various dashboards.

  • Gain a different perspective on IT assets such as SLA’s, alarms on the service, components affected
  • Setup emails to alert on issues impacting the overall Service 
  • Utilize the Service in the Databases/Virtualization environment (grouping)
  • Use the Service in a simple custom dashboard to show its status

 

Tuesday, December 19, 2017:  Using Utility Cartridges to Extend Your Monitoring

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This webcast covered the following:

Foglight is Quest’s enterprise database and infrastructure monitoring solution. Join this session to learn about cartridges that are available to those with licenses for the Foglight Infrastructure Cartridge and customers of Foglight for Databases, at no added cost. These cartridges can provide additional value to customers by allowing them to extend their monitoring.

  • Web Monitor Cartridge: Monitor the availability and response time of various websites. 
  • Net Monitor Cartridge: Monitor the connectivity and health of network connectivity between various end points.
  • Log Monitor Cartridge: Monitor log entries in Windows Event Logs, or any text based log file.

 

Tuesday, January 30, 2018:  Calendar Driven Monitoring Using Schedules

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This webcast covered the following:

Schedules can enhance your Foglight monitoring. Learn how to create new schedules or use existing ones to run recurring reports, use different alarm threshold values by time range, and proactively build an on-call rotation of people who receive alarm notifications. 

Learn where to find schedules within Foglight and learn how to use these versatile Foglight objects to automate tasks and to customize your monitoring:

  • Locate useful existing schedules.
  • Create new schedules.
  • Confirm that schedules function as expected.
  • Apply schedules to common Foglight monitoring use cases.

 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018:  Diagnosing Blocking and Locking with Foglight for Databases

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This webcast covered the following:

  • Alarms that can proactively notify user of a long running blocking lock, and / or deadlocked session.
  • Diagnosing blocking activity in real time.
  • Diagnosing blocking locks, and deadlocks in the past.
  • Sharing blocking lock details, and deadlock events with developers.

 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018:  Finding Problematic Oracle and SQL Server SQL Statements & What to do Once You Find Them

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This webcast covered the following:

  • Using base Foglight versus SQL Performance Investigator to find problematic SQL.
  • Filtering by user, program, disk, etc.
  • Comparing to past executions of the SQL.
  • Looking at prior execution plans.
  • What happens when you click the “Tune SQL” button?

 

Thursday, April 26, 2018:  Part 2: Finding Problematic Oracle and SQL Server SQL Statements & What to do Once You Find Them

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This webcast covered the following:

  • Understanding the performance impact of changes
  • Diagnosing object specific (table and index) IO performance
  • Digging into query execution plans
  • Looking at performance advisories
  • Sharing performance data with developers

Thursday, May 31, 2018:  Continuous Monitoring, the DBA, and Fitting into the DevOps Culture

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This webcast covered the following:

  • Enable DBAs, application development teams, and other stakeholders to share the same consistent performance metrics and understand the environment health at any given time
  • Correlate database and infrastructure changes to the actual application performance
  • Compare performance and configuration across production and test environments

Thursday, June 28, 2018:  Monitoring Beyond the Database

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This webcast covered the following:

  • vCenter/ESX plugin to gather virtual metrics within SQL Server and Oracle
  • Included OS monitoring with Database monitoring
  • Review of Webmonitor, Netmonitor and Logfilter capability
  • Special Technology Preview - upcoming Docker, Kubernetes and Swarm monitoring

 

Thursday, July 23, 2018:   Capacity Management with Foglight

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This webcast covered:

  • Understand resource utilization across the enterprise
  • Determine which servers are “over capacity” and therefore good candidates for tuning
  • Establish which servers are “under capacity” and therefore good candidates for consolidation, or perhaps pulling the plug
  • Understand “normal” performance via Foglight baselines
  • Forecast storage needs into the future
  • Dashboard and reports that expose capacity data to those who need it

Thursday, August 30, 2018:  Take Your Monitoring Insights to Another Level Using New Analytic Components

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This webcast covered:

  • Basics of analytic components new in Foglight 5.9.3
  • Dashboard design using analytic views
  • Basics of drag-and-drop techniques: building the dashboard
  • Alter an existing custom dashboard
  • Sharing access to a dashboard

Thursday, September 27, 2018:  A Deeper Dive Into Rule Management & Introduction To The New Infrastructure Rule Editor

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This webcast covered:

  • Match up Alarms in the Databases Dashboard to rules in the Rule Management dashboard
    • Will I break Foglight by modifying a rule?
    • How are they related? 
  • Further customize Database rules, examples include:
    • Scope "days since last backup" value to a specific database
    • Scope "buffer cache hit ratio" value to a specific instance at a specific time of day
  • Scope a rule to apply (or not) to database instances within a Database Group
  • An introduction to the New (and Improved!) Infrastructure Rules Editor
    • Modify existing rule
    • Add a new rule

Tuesday, October 30, 2018:  Best Practices for Architecture Configuration & Scalability

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 This webcast covered:

  • Embedded vs. External Foglight repositories
  • Leveraging High Availability for the Foglight repository
  • Embedded vs. External Foglight Agent Managers
  • Multi Foglight Agent Manager deployments
  • Best Practices for configuring a Performance Investigator (PI) Repository
  • Sizing a Foglight installation
  • Quest Professional Services offerings

Thursday, November 29, 2018:  Attain & Sustain Optimal Monitoring with Maintenance & Troubleshooting

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 This webcast covered:

  • Automated self-monitoring and understand alarms raised
  • Purging data you no longer need
  • Accessing and using Foglight log files
  • Generating Foglight Support Bundles and new thread dumps
  • Interpreting Management Server performance reports
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