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Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise

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Monitor, diagnose and optimize performance.

Get unmatched monitoring, diagnosis and optimization of your database environments to ensure peak performance around the clock.


 

 

Easily optimize and tune SQL Server performance anywhere on any device


Ensure peak performance around the clock with unmatched monitoring, diagnosis and optimization of SQL Server environments. Spotlight provides access to the details you need for optimal fitness of your SQL Server databases. Get intuitive overviews of health and performance, automated alerts and actions, and mobile device support.

Features:


24x7 monitoring and diagnostics
Establish around-the-clock agentless monitoring from a centralized diagnostic server for a single view across multiple clients, with alarms and notifications when performance deviates from pre-set operating thresholds. 

Simplicity without compromise
Install quickly and monitor large environments easily. Template configurations, automated alerts and customizable actions make configuration a breeze. Intuitive overviews and mobile device support deliver the data you need where and when you need it. 

Powerful root cause analysis
Create multiple diagnostic workflows, including detailed wait stat/workload analysis and deadlock detection, with over 70 diagnostic drilldowns. Correctly recognize the symptoms to correctly deal with the root cause of any diagnostic challenge. 

End-to-end monitoring

Get a complete picture of everything that affects your SQL Server performance including SQL Server itself, the underlying operating system, its VM layer, SQL Azure, high availability, replication and analysis services — all available in one package for one price. 

Never miss a beat with playback and mobile
Rewind your dashboards and diagnostic drilldowns to the time an incident occurred and step through it in slow motion. Monitor your SQL Server environment anywhere, anytime and run SQL Server diagnostics directly from your mobile device or web browser. 

Multidimensional analysis

Analyze workload elements and wait stats by database, application, user, host or SQL statement. Establish top SQL. Drill down to determine the biggest contributors to the SQL Server workload. 

Customize for your environment
Set custom thresholds or create counters specific to your environment. Create rule-based custom actions or define planned outages on a one-time or recurring basis. 

Tool of choice

Integrate with enterprise monitoring or issue tracking systems. Use the SCOM management pack to easily integrate Spotlight as the tool of choice for your SQL Server needs. 

SQL analysis and Xpert tuning
Utilize the integration with SQL Optimizer to highlight long-running queries and sub-optimal code. Immediately tune, benchmark and investigate indexing strategies. 

Historical trending and reporting

Understand the health, activity and capacity trends of your SQL Server environment with integrated management and performance views and client-side reports. 

System Healthcheck and Collective Intelligence
Obtain a holistic view of the health of your system and benchmark results with other users. 

PagerDuty™ integration

Users of PagerDuty can now send Spotlight alarm notifications to a PagerDuty dashboard.

Manage large-scale monitoring deployments
For large-scale SQL Server deployments, Spotlight provides custom views and template configuration to make monitoring your environment easy at any scale.
  • Spotlight client


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

    Platform
    1 GHz Processor

    Memory
    1 GB RAM recommended

    Hard disk space
    200 MB

    This space should exist on a local disk drive rather than a network drive

    Operating system
    Microsoft Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (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 requirements
    CD-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:

    Platform
    2 GHz Dual Core Processor

    Memory
    4 GB RAM

    Hard disk space
    300 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 system
    Microsoft Windows 10 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows 8 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows 7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (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 Server
    Spotlight 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
    SQL Server 2014
    SQL Server 2016

    Spotlight on SQL Server also supports MSDE (2000), SQL Express (2005) and SQL Server 2008 Express Edition and SQL Server 2012 Express. 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..

    Operating systems
    Spotlight 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)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
    Microsoft Windows Server 2008 (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)

    Virtualization
    Spotlight 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)

    Spotlight on SQL Server can monitor virtual machines in a Hyper-V® infrastructure. Spotlight supports
    Hyper-V® 6.2 and above.

    Spotlight Statistics Repository

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

    Database sizing
    By 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 space
    Approximately 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 version
    Installing 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

    Maintenance
    It 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 sizing
    By 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.

    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 version
    Due 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

    Maintenance
    It 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.

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