Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise

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Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise - Instance home page

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Instance Home Page

Identifies SQL server instance health at a glance. SQL Server instances running on a VMWare guest OS image show the amount of CPU overhead to identify the impact of virtualization on SQL Server performance.

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise view

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise View

Shows enterprise health at a glance, including information on the top alarms experienced by individual instances.

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise - Full support for SQL Server Replication

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Full Support for SQL Server Replication

Allows DBAs to easily identify any issues in their replication environment.

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise - Robust windows dashboards (like this operating system home page)

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Robust Windows Dashboards (like this Operating System Home Page)

Identify Windows server health at a glance - Windows servers running on a VMWare host show the amount of CPU overhead the guest image is experiencing to identify the impact of virtualization on Windows performance.

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise - Monitor SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Monitor SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)

Includes intuitive dashboards like this Analysis Services instance homepage.

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise - Monitor SQL Azure databases

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Monitor SQL Azure Databases

Overlook your environment in the same intuitive manner other SQL Server connection types are displayed to show the health of your SQL Azure databases at a glance.

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise - Spotlight heat map view

Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Spotlight Heat Map view

Instantly see the severity of alarms and mouse over a SQL Server instance to drill into performance issues.

Database solutions that monitor diagnose and optimize SQL Server performance

  • Detect and diagnose performance issues easily with overview of performance data
  • Receive instant alerts at the server level and determine root cause
  • Resolve issues proactively, before they impact the business
  • Monitor SQL Server performance from anywhere, at any time
  • Obtain free health check metrics and benchmark against community of users

Overview

When you can diagnose SQL Server performance issues quickly and accurately, ensuring a healthy database infrastructure is not just possible, but easy.  Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise provides you with unmatched SQL Server monitoring, diagnosis and optimization of your database environments to ensure peak performance around the clock.  With intuitive overviews of enterprise health and performance, automated alerts and actions, an integrated Xpert tuning module and mobile device support, Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise makes it easier than ever to obtain the data you need to ensure the health of your SQL Server databases.

Detect and diagnose performance issues

Understand your SQL Server infrastructure health at a glance by monitoring SQL Server’s relational engine, Analysis Services, Windows, VMware ESX and SQL Azure from a single console. Its advanced SQL Server monitoring capabilities includes custom reporting and trending to communicate the health, activity, and capacity trends with integrated management and performance views, client-side reports, and the Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Report pack.

Receive instant alerts at the server level

Extend robust built-in metrics and alarms with custom collections and alerts. Using historical playback, navigate from any Spotlight management screen to see up to two weeks of performance diagnostics and alarm data to resolve recent issues more effectively.

Resolve issues proactively, before they impact the business

Analyze performance data automatically to resolve issues quickly, including long-running processes, blocking locks, deadlocking and more. Quickly identify servers where performance degradation originates and isolate root cause of a performance issue to expedite issue resolution.

Monitor database performance from anywhere, at any time

Go mobile to monitor your SQL Server environment anywhere, anytime on your mobile device. Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise gives you the ability, but with Spotlight Express, a free option, you’ve got the mobility to view, get alerts and respond from anywhere, at any time.

Obtain free health check metrics and benchmark against community of users

Utilize a cloud-based set of Spotlight productivity tools to gain insight into the health of your SQL Server environment. Automate performance data uploads with a free SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) plug-in.

Features

VMware memory diagnostics
Analyze virtual memory with charts that are similar to those used for virtual CPU analysis
Top SQL and real-time query plans
Pinpoint critical SQL statements based on index utilization, resource consumption, or query efficiency, and review run-time query plans
High-availability support
Get in-depth information on your SQL Server clusters, replication, database mirroring, and log-shipping activities and environments
Diagnostic drilldowns
Automate CPU and I/O performance diagnosis and resolution
Custom performance counters
Track and alarm on service level-specific processes as though they were metric counters to proactively handle performance issues
Historical playback
Navigate through up to two weeks of performance diagnostics and alarm data to resolve recent performance issues from any Spotlight management screen
Custom reporting and trending
Understand health, activity, and capacity trends of your SQL Server enterprise with management and performance views, client-side reports, and the Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise Report Pack
SQL analysis and Xpert tuning
Highlight long-running queries and bad code, then tune. Benchmark, and investigate indexing strategies through integration with Dell™ SQL Optimizer for SQL Server (comes with Spotlight on SQL Server Xpert)
Spotlight statistics repository
Configure long-term metric data storage for historical trending and capacity planning initiatives
Wait-stat analysis
Diagnose wait statistics to determine where waits are occurring and what’s causing the event
Deadlock detection and review
Gain full visibility of deadlock events and the conditions that caused them
Windows-only connections views
Add Windows-only connections to Spotlight’s views
System health check with powerful analytics
Obtain a holistic view of the health of your system with the free health check tool and compare your experience with other users, then drill down and view detail at a granular level. Access reports via the instance and database lists and receive trigger notifications in your account inbox
Detailed trending of most expensive queries
Display the top ten most expensive queries, by totals and averages of reads, writes, duration or CPU, then filter results to provide a detail page containing a trending chart, full query, and the latest execution plan (downloadable as XML)
Mobile device support
Go mobile to monitor your SQL Server environment anywhere, anytime on your mobile device. Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise gives you the ability, but with Spotlight Express, a free option, you’ve got the mobility to view, get alerts and respond from anywhere, at any time.

Specifications

Spotlight client

Before installing the Spotlight client, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Platform1 GHz Processor
Memory1 GB RAM recommended
Hard disk space200 MB
This space should exist on a local disk drive rather than a network drive
Operating system

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)

Additional software
SQL Server Client Tools
To use the Discovery Wizard to locate SQL Servers on your network the SQL Server Client Tools must be installed on the Spotlight client. The SQL Server Client Tools can be found on the installation disk for Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005, or 2008.
Install .NET 2.0 or later
To use the Spotlight Report Viewer, .NET 2.0 or later must be installed on the Spotlight client machine.
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 or later.
Other requirementsCD-ROM drive or Internet connection (required for installation only).
A monitor capable of supporting a resolution of 1280 x1024 or greater

Diagnostic Server

Before installing the Diagnostic Server, ensure your system meets the following minimum hardware and software requirements:

Platform2 GHz Dual Core Processor
Memory4 GB RAM
Hard disk space300 MB
If the Diagnostic Server’s connection to the Spotlight Statistics Repository or playback database is interrupted, the Diagnostic Server will cache data to the local disk. In this event, an extra 2 MB per hour, per monitored server is required.
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows XP Service Pack 2 or later (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Additional software.NET 3.5 or later must be installed on the Diagnostic Server machine.
SQL Server Client Tools
To use the Discovery Wizard to locate SQL Servers on your network the SQL Server Client Tools must be installed on the Diagnostic Server. The SQL Server Client Tools are on the installation disk for Microsoft SQL Server 2000, 2005, and 2008.
To use Spotlight on Analysis Services the Client Connectivity tools must be installed.
SQL Server Management Tools
To use Spotlight on Analysis Services, Spotlight on SQL Server Replication, and Session Trace and SQL Analysis in Spotlight on SQL Server, SQL Server Management Tools must be installed on the Diagnostic Server.
The SQL Server Management Tools are available from any SQL Server 2005 or SQL Server 2008 edition except SQL Server Express and SQL Server Compact. The version required corresponds to the latest version of SQL Server that you are monitoring. Note, if you are monitoring SQL Server 2000 servers, you need the Management Tools from SQL Server 2005.

Monitoring

SQL ServerSpotlight can diagnose SQL Server instances of the following versions:
  • SQL Server 2000 (Service Pack 3 or later)
  • SQL Server 2005 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • SQL Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • SQL Server 2008 R2 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • SQL Server 2012
Spotlight on SQL Server also supports MSDE (2000), SQL Express (2005) and SQL Server 2008 Express Edition. Note that use of these versions to host playback or Spotlight Statistics Repository databases is not supported.
Spotlight cannot diagnose earlier versions of SQL Server (version 7.x and earlier).
Spotlight supports all SQL Server sort orders, including case-sensitive and binary sort orders. Spotlight cannot connect to SQL Server instances where the instance name contains non-US ASCII characters.
Database Cloud serviceSpotlight supports SQL Azure.
Operating systemsSpotlight can diagnose the following operating systems:
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 (Professional, Server, Advanced Server, Datacenter server) with Service Pack 4
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2003 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows XP (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
Note: On each monitored instance, Spotlight requires the network setting "File and Print Sharing" to be enabled and any firewall to be configured to:
  • open port 1434 for UDP packets
  • open the SQL Server TCP port (default is 1433)
VirtualizationSpotlight on SQL Server can monitor virtual guest machines in a VMware ESX infrastructure. The following versions are supported:
  • VMware vCenter 2.5 (or later)
  • VMware ESX Server 4.0 (or later)
Connection limitThis version of Spotlight on SQL Server is designed to monitor a maximum of 100 SQL Server, Analysis Services, or Replication instances and 100 Windows servers. Monitoring more than this recommended limit may result in poor performance or product instability.

Spotlight Statistics Repository

Before installing the Spotlight Statistics Repository, ensure your system meets the following minimum requirements:

Database sizingBy default, the size of the Spotlight Statistics Repository is set to 1000MB (data size) and 250MB (log size). These sizes are flexible and can be changed by running the Spotlight Statistics Repository creation script.
The script is located in the install directory as follows:
..\Plug-ins\Diagnostics Server\Scripts
Hard disk spaceApproximately 1.2 GB for each monitored SQL Server instance and the corresponding monitored Windows host on which the SQL Server instance resides. This estimate assumes default configuration in an average environment. Actual space used will depend on your environment and any data collection/storage configuration changes that are made. For more information, see the Spotlight on SQL Server Sizing Wizard. You can access the wizard from the Spotlight Installation Center. To use Spotlight Reporting and Trending, it is recommended that the Spotlight Statistics Repository is installed on SQL Server 2005, SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2 or SQL Server 2012.
Recommended SQL Server versionInstalling the Spotlight Statistics Repository on SQL Server 2000 can result in errors being displayed and no data being shown in some views. Installing the Spotlight Statistics Repository on SQL Server 2000 is not recommended.
Note: Due to the size of the Spotlight Statistics Repository, it is recommended that this database is not installed on a SQL Express instance.
Other requirements

The SQL Browser service must be running on the machine where the Spotlight Statistics Repository is installed. Alternatively you can use the host and port number of the (named) SQL Server instance you want to connect to, when creating a connection and connecting to the Spotlight Statistics Repository.

The TCP protocol must be enabled on the instance where the Spotlight Statistics Repository resides.

For more information, see the Spotlight on SQL Server Deployment Guide

MaintenanceIt is highly recommended that regular maintenance is performed on the Spotlight Statistics Repository. The recommended maintenance plan is outlined in the online help and in the Spotlight on SQL Server Deployment Guide.

Playback database

Before installing the playback database, ensure your system meets the following minimum requirements:

Database sizingBy default, the size of the playback database is set to 500MB (data size) and 125MB (log size).
Hard disk space

Requires approximately 270 MB for each monitored SQL Server instance and the corresponding monitored Windows host on which the SQL Server instance resides.

Retains 7 days of historical data for each connection in the playback database by default. This is configurable.

Assumes default configuration in an average environment. Actual space used will depend on your environment and any data collection/storage configuration changes that are made. For more information see the Spotlight on SQL Server Sizing Wizard. You can access the wizard from the Spotlight Installation Center

Recommended SQL Server versionDue to the size of the playback database, it is recommended that this database is not installed on a SQL Express instance.
Other requirements

The SQL Browser service must be running on the machine where the playback database is installed. Alternatively you can use the host and port number of the (named) SQL Server instance you want to connect to, when creating a connection and connecting to the playback database.

The TCP protocol must be enabled on the instance where the playback database resides.
For more information, see the Spotlight on SQL Server Deployment Guide

MaintenanceIt is highly recommended that regular maintenance is performed on the playback database. The recommended maintenance plan is outlined in the online help and in the Spotlight on SQL Server Deployment Guide.

Language supported:

  • US English

What's New

Version 10.0.1

  • Alarm actions editor to control when an action occurs
  • Integration with LiteSpeed for SQL Server v7.1 and above
  • Ability to monitor index fragmentation levels on SQL Server instances
  • Mobile app — use Spotlight anytime, anywhere
  • Free SQL system health checks with Spotlight Essentials