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What is SQL server monitoring?

SQL server monitoring is the process of collecting, aggregating, and monitoring various metrics of SQL servers. Microsoft SQL servers are widely-used enterprise database systems; more often than not, whenever there are latency problems, SQL database servers have been identified as the culprit. Therefore, an SQL Server Monitor must be employed to maintain the health and availability of SQL databases, as unavailability of these servers greatly affects businesses.

Basic SQL monitoring tools only provide information about the SQL servers employed in your IT infrastructure and their relevant parameters. With the right SQL server monitoring tools, you can do much more—optimize the performance of SQL servers and maintain them at peak health, identify fault zones, set thresholds, prevent the occurence of errors, and troubleshoot the inevitable ones quickly.

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Applications Manager's flexible and real time SQL server monitoring solution supports all versions of Microsoft SQL databases, including: MS SQL 2000, 2005, 2008, 2008 R2, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2017.
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The performance of your database is vital to the delivery of seamless services. If an SQL query is slowing down your web application, you're already losing potential users, and therefore revenue. With its powerful fault management system, Applications Manager's SQL Server Monitor enables database administrators to drill down to the source of various server problems and troubleshoot them quickly.

Applications Manager offers out-of-the-box discovery, availability, health and performance tracking, and reporting of multi-vendor applications. With an intuitive SQL performance monitor like this, optimizing your servers, databases, and applications is easy.

Key metrics to monitor

SQL servers are at the heart of many networks, meaning issues within SQL servers will affect the applications that depend on them. To maintain the health and availability of SQL servers, the parameters listed below must be constantly monitored using a SQL monitor:

 

Memory and CPU utilization:

It's important to use dedicated SQL server monitoring software to track resource utilization in SQL server tables. If utilization extends beyond a certain limit, transaction latency increases and results in bottlenecks like deadlocks and unresponsive pages. SQL monitoring ensures that resource utilization is within the limit and is properly allocated in memory.

 

Locks:

Certain tables are locked to prevent subsequent transactions from accessing them before the previous transaction is complete. Some transactions and queries take too long to fully commit, which results in a long line of transaction requests to access the table.

Applications Manager's SQL performance monitor collects all the lock details and displays important information like Deadlocks/Min, Lock Waits/Min, Lock Timeouts/Min, and more so that database admins (DBAs) can release the locks if they cause the server to slow down.

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Indexes:

Indexes are a way to quickly look up data in SQL tables. While proper use of SQL indexes ensures improved performance of SQL servers, the setup of unnecessary indexes—or the lack of any indexes at all—can degrade server performance.

An ideal SQL monitoring solution like Applications Manager's SQL monitor can help DBAs optimize indexes for better performance. Information about all the indexes in the database, used and unused indexes, the cost of missing indexes, and access method details are all at your disposal.

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Buffer and Cache:

A buffer cache is an important part of SQL server architecture that helps quickly process queries of frequently accessed data. Insights into buffer cache provide a better understanding of the behavior of processes and applications running on an SQL server.

Applications Manager's SQL performance monitor provides DBAs with extensive information about buffer cache, like Buffer Cache Hit Ratio, Page Life Expectancy, Page Read/Min, Page Write/Min, and more to help them gain visibility into the buffer and caching process.

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SQL queries:

SQL queries need to be constantly monitored to identify causes behind latency problems. Applications Manager's SQL server monitoring tool provides a list of Top Queries by CPU, Top Queries by I/O, Top waits by Waiting Tasks, Top Slow Running Queries, Most Frequently Executed Queries, Most Blocked Queries, and more, helping DBAs filter out the queries behind bottlenecks.

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Replication details:

Unlike most Microsoft SQL server monitoring tools, Applications Manager's SQL monitor thoroughly monitors replication agents. It provides important details about publications, subscriptions, replication history, and replication agents.

 

Jobs and sessions:

While most SQL monitoring tools only offer surface-level metrics about server health and availability, Applications Manager monitors the performance and status of numerous other metrics, such as SQL jobs and sessions. Optimizing these can increase the efficiency of servers substantially.

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In addition to MS SQL server monitoring, Applications Manager also offers the following:

Applications Manager is the preferred SQL monitoring solution for IT admins across numerous businesses. It's easy to set up, and users can start monitoring in minutes. With in-depth monitoring, alerting, and analytical capabilities, Applications Manager is one of the most reliable SQL server monitoring tools available today.

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