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Foglight for SQL Server (Cartridge) - User Guide

Introduction to this Guide Using Foglight for SQL Server
Viewing the Databases Dashboard Overview Dashboard Advisories Dashboard Monitoring Data Replication Monitoring SQL Performance Reviewing Memory Usage Reviewing the Instance Activity Reviewing Database Usage Reviewing the Services Using the HADR Drilldown Using the Logs Drilldown Reviewing Configuration Settings Viewing User-defined Performance Counters and Collections
Monitoring Business Intelligence Services Administering Foglight for SQL Server
Configuration Settings Managing Foglight for SQL Server Agent Settings Reviewing Foglight for SQL Server Alarms Generating Reports Monitoring SQL Server instances on VMware servers
Access methods Adhoc SQL Plans Alarm Alert Allow updates Anonymous subscription Authentication AutoClose AutoGrow Automatic Discovery AutoShrink B Batch BCP (Bulk Copy Program) Blocking Books Online Bound trees Buffer Buffer cache Buffer pool Bulk copy Bulkinsert Bulk load C Cache CAL Calibration Cardinality Cartridge Chart Checkpoint process Client network utility CLR Compile Connect Connection Connectivity software CPU Usage Cursors D Data access components Data file Data storage engine Database Database object DataFlow DBCC DBID DBO Deadlock Disk queue length Disk transfer time Disk utilization DiskPerf Distributing instance Distributor DMO Drilldown DTC DTS E Error log Event alert Execution contexts Extended stored procedures Extent External procedures F File Filegroup File cache Foglight Agent Manager Foglight Management Server Foreign key Forwarded records Free buffers Free list Free pages Free potential Free space Freespace scans Full text search G GAM Ghosted records Growth increment GUID H Hash buckets Hashing Heap Hit rate Hit ratio Host name Host process I I/O Index Indid Integrated security Intent Locks J Job K Kernel memory Kernel mode Kill L Latch Lazy writer Licensing Lightweight pooling Lock Lock area Lock escalation Lock mode Log Log cache Log writer Logical I/O LRU LSN M Master MaxSize MDAC Metric Misc.normalized trees Model Monitor page file N Named pipes Net library NIC Null O OBID Object plans OLAP OLAP service OLTP Optimizer Optimizer cache osql P Page life expectancy Paging Panel Parse Parser Per seat licensing Per server licensing Performance alert Physical I/O Physical read Physical write PID Pinned Plan Plan cache Potential growth Prepared SQL plans Primary key Privileged mode Procedure cache Procedure plans Process Profiler Publication database Publisher Publisher databases Publishing server Pull subscription Pulse Push subscription Q Query plan R RAID Random I/O Read ahead Recompile Referential integrity Relational data engine Replication procedure plans Role Rollback S sa Schema locks Sequential I/O Session Severity SGAM Shared locks Show advanced options SMP Sort, Hash, Index Area SPID Spike Spinner SQL Agent Mail SQL Mail SQL Plans SQL Server Agent SQL Server authentication SQL Server books online Standard deviation Stolen pages Stored procedure Support service SYSADMIN role T TDS TempDB Temporary tables and table variables Threshold Torn page detection Transaction Trigger Trigger plans Truncate Trusted U UMS Unused space User connection area User mode V Virtual log file VLF W Waitfor Windows authentication mode Working set
SQL PI Repository Cold Backup Procedure SQL Performance Investigator Metrics
Active Time All SQL Agents CPU Usage All SQL Agents Resident Memory Usage Availability Average Physical I/O Operations Average SQL Response Time Backup Recovery Wait Blocked Lock Requests Checkpoint Pages CLR Wait CPU Usage CPU Wait Cursor Synchronization Wait Database Replication Wait Deferred Task Worker Wait Degree of Parallelism Disk Utilization DTC CPU Usage DTC Resident Memory Usage Distributed Transaction Wait Executions Ended Executions Started External Procedures Wait Full Scans Full Text Search CPU Usage Full Text Search Resident Memory Usage Full Text Search Wait Free Buffer Wait Hosted Components Wait IO Bulk Load Wait IO Completion Wait IO Data Page Wait IO Wait Latch Buffer Wait Latch Wait Latch Savepoint Wait Lazy Writes Lock Wait Lock Bulk Update Wait Lock Exclusive Wait Lock Intent Wait Lock Requests Lock Schema Wait Lock Shared Wait Lock Update Wait Lock Wait Log Buffer Wait Log Flushes Log Other Wait Log Synchronization Wait Log Wait Log Write Wait Memory Wait Network IO Wait Network IPC Wait Network Mirror Wait Network Wait Non SQL Server CPU Usage Non SQL Resident Memory Usage OLAP CPU Usage OLAP Resident Memory Usage OLEDB Provider Full Text Wait Other CPU Usage Other Miscellaneous Wait Other Wait Overall CPU Page Life Expectancy Page Splits Parallel Coordination Wait Physical I/O Physical Memory Used Physical Page Reads Physical Page Writes Probe Scans Plan Cache Hit Rate Range Scans Rec Ended Duration Remote Provider Wait Run Queue Length Samples Service Broker Wait Session Logons Session Logoffs SQL Agent CPU Usage SQL Agent Resident Memory Usage SQL Executions SQL Mail CPU Usage SQL Mail Resident Memory Usage SQL Recompilations SQL Response Time SQL Server Background CPU Usage SQL Server Cache Memory SQL Server Connections Memory SQL Server Connections Summary SQL Server Foreground CPU Usage SQL Server Resident Memory Usage SQL Server Swap Memory Usage Synchronous Task Wait Table Lock Escalation Target Instance Memory Total CPU Usage Total Instance Memory Virtual Memory Used
Rules Collections and Metrics
SQL Server Agent's Default Collections Access Methods Agent Alert List Agent Job List Always On Availability Groups Backup Locations Blocking History Blocking List Buffer Cache List Buffer Manager CLR Assemblies Cluster Summary Configuration Database Index Density Vectors Database Index Details Database Index Fragmentation Info Database Index Histogram Database Index List Database Information Database Properties Database Sessions (Session List) Database Summary Database Tables List Databases Deadlock DTC Information Error Log Error Log List Error Log Scan File Groups File Data Flow Statistics File Groups Files Files Drive Total Files Instance Summary Full Text Catalog InMemory OLTP (XTP) Instance Wait Categories Instance Wait Events Job Messages Latches and Locks Lock Statistics Locks List Log Shipping Log Shipping Error Logical Disks Memory Manager Mirroring Mirroring Performance Counters Missing Indexes Plan Cache Distribution Plan Cache List Replication Agents Replication Agent Session Actions Replication Agent Session Merge Articles Replication Agent Sessions Replication Agent Sessions by Type Replication Available Replication Publications Replication Subscriptions Reporting Services Resource Pool Session Data Session Trace SQL PI Instance Statistics SQL Server Connections Summary SQL Server Global Variables SQL Server Host SQL Server Load SQL Server Services SQL Server Throughput SQL Server Version Info SSIS OS Statistics SSIS Summary Statistics Top SQLs Top SQL Batch Text Top SQL Long Text Top SQL Plan Top SQL Short Text Top SQL Summary Traced SQL PA Usability User-defined Performance Counters User-defined Queries Virtualization XTP Session Transactions Statistics

Log Shipping

This collection specifies the Log shipping tree and the primary and secondary servers' file location and operations.

SQL Server.




The SQL process ID of the process that ran the query.

Rowset Key

The row identifier.


The current primary server.

Server Name

The name of the server (primary server for the parent node, and secondary server for all subsequent child nodes).

Database Name

Refers to either of the following databases:

Flag Error

An indicator of an error that occurred.


The maximum allowed time (in minutes) before a Log Shipping alert occurs.

This parameter can refer to either of the following values:

Threshold Alert

The alert displayed in the Error Log drilldown if the threshold is exceeded.

Threshold Alert Enabled

The alert displays only if it is enabled.

Last Change

This parameter can refer to either of the following values:

Last Change Type

The type of the activity that resulted in the log shipping’s most recent change of state (Backup, Copy or Restore).

Last Backup Filename

The name of the file that was most recently backed up.

Last Backup Last Updated

The time at which the most recent backup operation was carried out.


During an outage, no alerts will occur when thresholds are exceeded (for both the parent and child nodes).

If this field is blank, no outage will take place.

Backup In Sync

Indicates either of the following backup statuses:

Backup Delta

The last time a log transaction backup occurred in the primary server.

Last Copied Filename

The last backup file that was copied to the secondary server.

Last Copied Last Updated

The time when the backup file was most recently copied from the primary to the secondary server.

Last Loaded Filename

The name of the backup file that was most recently restored to the secondary server.

Last Loaded Last Updated

The time when the backup file was most recently restored to the secondary server.

Copy Delta

The date when the transaction log backup file was most recently copied to the secondary server.

Copy Enabled

Indicates whether copying is enabled.

Load Enabled

Indicates whether loading is enabled.

Load in Sync

The load synchronization can have either of the following statuses:

Load Delta

The date of the last restored transaction log load file to the secondary server.

Primary Server Time

The current timestamp at the primary server.

Secondary Server Time

The current timestamp at the secondary server.

Monitor Server Time

The current timestamp at the monitored server.

Log Shipping Error

The collection shows Log Shipping Errors.

SQL Server.







Session ID

The session ID for the backup/copy/restore/job.

Sequence Number

An incremental number indicating the correct order of information for errors that span multiple records.

Log Time

The date and time at which the record was created.

Server Name

The name of the server.

DB Name

The name of the database.

Agent Type

The type of log shipping job.

0 = Backup.

1 = Copy.

2 = Restore.

Agent Type Description

The description of the Agent Type.


Message text.


The source of the Error Message.


If no Error for last hour - OK.

If an error found on the last 15 minutes - ERROR.

If there is an error between last hour and last 15 minutes nothing would be raised so the last error status should remain.

Logical Disks

This collection displays the logical disk activity for each logical disk.








Disk Queue Length

Disk Queue length tracks the average number of I/O requests, from all disks in the system, which are queued and waiting for a disk during a sampled interval. This figure may include I/O activity generated by processes other than SQL Server.

Values that exceed the threshold set in this metric indicate a bottleneck.

Disk Queue Length


A flag indicating a threshold for the number of I/O requests that were outstanding on the busiest disk in the system.

Disk Percentage Used

The percentage of used space on the specified partition.

Disk Partition

The logical disks to which the Disk Queue Length value refers.

Partition Free Pct

The percentage of free space on the specified partition.

Partition Free Space

The amount of free space (in megabytes) on the specified partition.

Partition Total Space

The total space (in megabytes) on a particular partition.

Memory Manager

This collection monitors how SQL Server stores and manages its memory.








% Total Server Memory

The total percentage of dynamic memory that the server is currently consuming.

This value is calculated as follows:

100 * (Total Server Memory / Physical RAM)

Cache Memory

Total amount of dynamic memory (in megabytes) that the server is using for the dynamic SQL cache.

Connections Memory

Memory (in megabytes) allocated to keeping track of each connection's attributes.

Locks Memory

Memory (in megabytes) allocated to keeping track of locks.

Max SQL Server Memory

The maximum amount of dynamic memory that the instance is allowed to consume.

Memory Growth Pressure

Relative amount of additional memory (presented as a percentage) that SQL Server is willing to consume.

Values higher than 20 percent might indicate that the system is low on physical memory.

The memory growth pressure value is calculated as follows:

100 – ((100 * Total Server Memory)

Target Server Memory)

Optimizer Memory

Work area for the Optimizer in megabytes.

Sort Hash Memory

Memory in megabytes used for the Sort, Hash, and Index operations.

Target Server Memory

The maximum memory allocation size in megabytes SQL Server can reach at a current time (this value may change during SQL Server's work).

Values significantly higher than Total Server Memory might indicate that the system is low on physical memory.

Total Server Memory

The total amount of dynamic memory (in megabytes) that the server is currently consuming.

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