Monitor with AppInsight for SQL
Identify performance and troubleshoot issues for SQL databases and queries with AppInsight for SQL, a feature that provides visibility into over 100 metrics across all SQL servers monitored by SAM. These metrics include read and write latency, index fragmentation, expensive queries (based on CPU time), SQL agent job status with logs, capacity, and resource consumption for CPU, memory, and drive space.
With AppInsight for SQL, you can monitor resource consumption, respond to alerts, and monitor expensive queries on a single page. Investigate issues and performance trends without hunting through numerous views for SQL servers. AppInsight for SQL provides a level of detail far beyond what a SQL template can provide, allowing you to monitor virtually every aspect of your SQL instances and databases. It can poll and report metrics without using agents, directly accessing SQL servers using configured access permissions and credentials via SNMP and WMI.
To get started with AppInsight for SQL:
- Review AppInsight for SQL requirements and permissions.
- Add AppInsight for SQL to nodes, which can represent:
- A named SQL instance, based on a server's Virtual IP (VIP) address, or
- A SQL cluster, such as those used with SolarWinds High Availability (HA).
Due to the complexity of AppInsight for SQL, allow extra time for configuration when adding it to nodes. Instances are enabled after the first polling cycle, which may take a few minutes.
When you assign AppInsight for SQL to a node, an application (also called an "application monitor") based on the AppInsight for SQL template is created on the node. In the Orion Web Console, the default name for the application is "MSSQLSERVER" but can be customized.
When SAM begins polling for SQL metrics, the standard Node Details view is replaced by the SQL Server Application Summary view, accessible by clicking My Dashboards > Applications > SQL Server. This view shows all SQL server instances monitored by AppInsight for SQL. From here, you can click an instance to open its Application Details view. For more ways to view data, see Display AppInsight for SQL data in the Orion Web Console
To learn more about AppInsight for SQL, see:
- AppInsight For SQL and component-based licensing
- AppInsight for SQL requirements and permissions
- Add AppInsight for SQL to nodes
- Display AppInsight for SQL data in the Orion Web Console
- Add AppInsight for SQL to a named SQL instance
- Add AppInsight for SQL to an active SQL Server cluster node
- Edit the AppInsight for SQL template
- Hide databases from AppInsight for SQL in the All Databases widget
- Use the DPA Integration Module with SAM
- AppInsight for SQL alerts
Additional learning resources include: