Tag Archives: monitoring

Be Prepared with Baselines

I visited a doctor recently, and he told me a measurement he’d made. I asked if it was good or bad, and he said he had no idea. The value varied too much from person to person, and without values … Continue reading

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What’s Downtime?

There was a time when I worked for a company that sold products on-line  Since our wares could be purchased at any time of the day or night, we wanted to ensure that our systems were running all the time. This … Continue reading

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Republished: Monitoring for Non Existent Events

Over in the UK today, so the editorial is being republished: Monitoring for Non Existent Events.

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Lowering the Noise

Over my career, I’ve had the chance to work in a variety of environments of all sizes. I’ve managed systems that powered all sorts of applications, with a variety of requirements. In many cases, I’ve had certain databases that needed … Continue reading

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Monitor All the Changes

Can you monitor every configuration change and setting on all your SQL Server instances? Can you get an alert every time code changes, or even if an option for an object changes, such as the changing of an EXECUTE AS … Continue reading

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What is the Future of Monitoring?

I read Tom LaRock’s post on the future of monitoring, looking at the rise of machine learning and complex algorithms to evaluate systems. Tom notes that the data input into a system is crucial in determining whether the system can … Continue reading

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Monitoring and Alerting

Monitoring your systems is important. It’s not just me that thinks so, as plenty of experienced DBAs and developers know the value of monitoring. Heck, most people have learned to build some sort of metric collection into their software. Azure … Continue reading

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Gauges and Alarms

I was looking through the news this week and found a piece by Michael J. Swart that I really enjoyed. It talks about different types of metrics that he has used when monitoring and alerting on his database servers. Michaal talks about … Continue reading

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Finding Production Drift

A few years ago when I started delivering presentations about automating database delivery with Grant Fritchey, I was surprised by something. We were rehearsing a talk and Grant mentioned that there were really only two places where we knew the … Continue reading

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Awareness

How often have you been caught off guard by some issue with one of your databases? I would guess most people have received a phone call, email, or trouble ticket that alerts them to the fact that something has gone … Continue reading

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