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Review of Spotlight on SQL Server by Pinal Dave
 

Review of Spotlight on SQL Server by Pinal Dave

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This review is based on the FREE SQL Server performance monitoring tool: Spotlight on SQL Server. The installation was straight forward and easy. When I inquired about the price, I was happy, in ...

This review is based on the FREE SQL Server performance monitoring tool: Spotlight on SQL Server. The installation was straight forward and easy. When I inquired about the price, I was happy, in fact I was very happy as it was totally FREE!
I recently I got some time and I downloaded the Spotlight on SQL Server Freemium FREE tool.
It took less than 10 seconds to install the tool.
Once I installed the plug-in, it was very easy to use it as it becomes an integral part of the SQL Server Management Studio.
The interface is very user friendly.
Meanwhile, I strongly suggest you download Spotlight on SQL Server Freemium and make sure your servers are healthy.

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    Review of Spotlight on SQL Server by Pinal Dave Review of Spotlight on SQL Server by Pinal Dave Presentation Transcript

    • Review of Spotlight on SQL Server – FREE SQL Server Tools Pinal Dave SQL Server Professional Profuse SQL Writer SQL Server DBA Professionals Global Marketing
    • This review is based on the FREE SQL Server performance monitoring tool: Spotlight on SQL Server. 2 SQLDBApros
    • A DBA’s life goal…. If you think of a DBA's life, it has one very simple goal - their server should never go down and all the queries should always perform excellently. However, just like any other life goals, it is not possible to achieve that easily. I often see DBA's continuously watching their monitor to make sure that their servers are running fine. Another habit of most DBAs is to continuously check their mobile phone for alerts. Nowadays we get so many alerts its getting harder to keep watch on the most important ones. Many continue to search at home to catch suspicious alerts. 3 SQLDBApros
    • SQL PASS 2013 Earlier this year, when I attended SQL PASS 2013, I stopped by the Dell booth to see what they have new in the SQL Server world. I noticed Spotlight on SQL Server Freemium running on their monitor. When I inquired about the price, I was happy, in fact I was very happy as it was totally FREE! I recently I got some time and I downloaded the Spotlight on SQL Server Freemium FREE tool. 4 SQLDBApros
    • Installation • The installation was straight forward and easy. • It took less than 10 seconds to install the tool. • Once I installed the plug-in, it was very easy to use it as it becomes an integral part of the SQL Server Management Studio. • The interface is very user friendly. 5 SQLDBApros
    • Options There are three distinct options in the Spotlight on SQL Server Freemium tool bar menu. Once you click on Monitoring it will give you three options. 1) Heatmap 2) Alarms 3) Connections 6 SQLDBApros
    • Heatmap • If our server is down, we want to know right away, but if everything is smooth we do need reminders. • For that reason Heatmap is an essential part of Spotlight on SQL Server Freemium. • It gives an ‘at-a-glance’ picture of the state of all the servers DBAs have in their environment. • Colors communicate all the information about what is going on with your server. • The heatmap takes this a step further by displaying each server as a tile and then aggregating all of the statuses of a server and assigning a size to that tile. It also displays alarms for the connection when touched. 7 SQLDBApros
    • Alarms • Alarms is just an alternate way to view Heatmaps. • They display alarms on each server ordered by severity. • You can configure and sort alarms the way you prefer. • Once an alarm rings an experienced user can do one of two things: 1. 2. 8 Acknowledge the alarm and solve the issue Snooze the alarm and be reminded in the future SQLDBApros
    • Connections • This particular area displays various connections to diagnose a server as well as the server which you are monitoring. • System Health Check - provides a prioritized list of the key system health issues. Users can pinpoint and resolve various issues. There are major five categories this tool checks: Security, Disaster Recovery, Index Optimization, Memory, and SQL Best Practice. 9 SQLDBApros
    • In future blog posts I will cover each of these topics in depth. Meanwhile, I strongly suggest you download Spotlight on SQL Server Freemium and make sure your servers are healthy. 10 SQLDBApros
    • Learn More View Dave’s Original Post Download Free Tools 11