SQL Monitor 5

Adding servers to monitor

Upgrading to SQL Monitor 5

If you're already monitoring a specific node within a cluster, and the cluster contains availability groups that you want to monitor, you’ll need to re-add the cluster when you upgrade to SQL Monitor 5. Otherwise, SQL Monitor won't detect and monitor these availability groups.

If you need to keep historical data from the cluster, make sure you don't remove the original cluster, even after you've re-added it. Instead, once you've re-added the cluster, you should suspend monitoring on the original cluster. This way, you can retain all historical data on the old cluster, while collecting new data on the newly added cluster.

Once you've installed SQL Monitor and created the Administrator login password, choose the SQL Servers you want to monitor. See Supported platforms for a list of supported servers.

  1. Go to the Configuration tab and under Monitoring, select Monitored servers.
  2. Click the Add SQL Server to monitor button. The Add SQL Server panel expands:

  3. In the SQL Server field, enter the server(s) you want to monitor.

    Adding instances on non-clustered machines

    • To add instances on a non-clustered machine, enter the machine name.
      SQL Monitor adds all the instances that are running on the machine (it doesn't add instances that are disabled or not started).

    Adding failover cluster instances and standalone instances on clusters

    • To add instances on a cluster, including standalone instances installed on the cluster's nodes, enter [cluster-name] or [node-name] (where [node-name] is any node in the cluster).
      SQL Monitor adds all the failover cluster instances on a cluster, but only adds the standalone instances that are running (it doesn't add standalone instances that are disabled or not started).

    You can no longer add or remove specific instances. To stop monitoring a specific instance, go to Actions > Suspend monitoring.

    When you enter [cluster-name] or [node-name], SQL Monitor will add the cluster and all nodes in the cluster. If you enter [node-name] and the node is in a cluster, make sure the cluster name is routable.

    If you add new instances or nodes to a cluster you’re already monitoring, SQL Monitor will automatically detect and monitor these additions.

    Availability groups

    If you enter [cluster-name] or [node-name], and your cluster contains availability groups, SQL Monitor will also monitor these availability groups. They won’t show up on the Monitored servers page, but you’ll receive alerts for them and you'll be able to see them on the overview pages.

    You can also enter an [availability-group-listener] instead of the [cluster-name] or [node-name].

    When you enter the availability group listener, you don't need to specify the port number.

  4. You will need to provide two sets of credentials to connect to:
    • the host Windows machine on which the instance is running
    • the SQL Server instance

    By default, SQL Monitor uses the Base Monitor Service account for both sets of credentials. This is the Windows account you specified during installation to connect to the Data Repository (the SQL Server database that stores all collected data). You can specify a different account to use to connect to the host Windows machine and to the SQL Server instance.

    SQL Monitor will attempt to use these credentials to access every server you add. If the credentials aren't valid for some servers, you'll need to manually edit them after you've added the servers.

  5. To set more advanced properties (eg to connect to a SQL on a different port), click Edit properties. The Connection properties box opens:
  6. Enter the properties you want to change for this instance and click OK. If you change the connection properties, they are identified as Custom:

    The connection properties persist until you move to a different page in SQL Monitor. If you add more servers, they will use the custom connection properties.

  7. When you click Add, SQL Monitor attempts to add the host machine and instance(s) to the list of monitored servers:

    Once added, server names can't be edited. If you typed the name incorrectly, the server will be added with a status of "Connection failed (Unreachable)". To fix this, remove the server and add it again.

    Once a connection is established and a data collection event succeeded, the status is displayed as Monitoring (Connected). If SQL Monitor encounters a problem and displays a different status, see Monitoring status explained.

Editing the credentials or properties of monitored servers

See Configuring monitored servers.

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