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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

Viewing the Databases Dashboard

The Instance home page is opened by accessing the Databases dashboard.


The Databases dashboard provides an at-a-glance view of the monitored environment, with all the currently monitored database types.

The Databases dashboard includes these sections:

Status summary — a color-coded bar, which provides a visual representation of the summarized health condition of all instances listed in the Database Group table.
Database-specific health summary — when the database group All is selected, this section displays all the currently monitored instances for each database type, divided by their health state (for example: four SQL Server instances, three of which have the health state Warning and one is indicated with the health state Fatal). When a user-defined database group is selected, this section displays data only about the agents included within the selected group.
The Monitor button — Use this button to add instances to monitor. For details, see Monitoring Data Replication .
The Configure Alarms button — Takes you directly to the Administration > Alarms page. On the Alarms page you can configure alarm settings and specify alarm sensitivity levels. Sensitivity levels control which alarms are enabled by default.
The Settings button — Use this button to do one of the following:
Currently selected database group table — a list of all monitored databases within the database group that is selected in the Databases section. For details, see Currently Selected Database Group .
The Select dashboards () button — provides direct link to several drilldowns and panels, by that means saving the need to navigate to these locations through the Overview drilldown.

Assigning Instances to Users or Groups

The User Level Access screen allows you to assign specific instances to users or groups. When users view their Databases dashboard, they only see the instances assigned to them.

The User Level Access screen displays all users and groups as they appear in the Foglight User & Security dashboard. By default each user is assigned to view All instances monitored in the Foglight Management Server.

On the main Database dashboard, click Settings and select User Level Access from the menu.
Manage — allows you to manage which instances or groups to view
All Instances — set the user to view All monitored instances
None — block the user from viewing any monitored instances
Select Manage the instances to display the Assign Instances view.
Click Set save your choices and exit.

Selecting an Instance to Monitor

Because the Databases dashboard displays by default all the currently monitored databases, customize the dashboard’s view to display only the relevant instances, and then preview such instances to decide which to monitor.

Filter by database type — if multiple database types are being monitored, click the database type tile that represents the requested type (in this case, SQL Server).
Filter by severity — use the status indicators to display only instances of a specific database type that share a specific health state severity. For further details, see Filtering the Display by Severity .
Create user-defined groups — use the Databases area to create groups that contain only the databases that need to be monitored for a specific need. For further details, see Creating Custom Database Groups .
Assign Instances to specific users — When accessing a Database dashboard, non-administrative users view only instances which have been assigned to them. For details, see Assigning Instances to Users or Groups .
Click Home Page on the cue card to open a full-screen view of the requested instance.
IMPORTANT: Launching a full-screen view of the requested database by clicking the Home Page link can be carried out only for instances monitored in Foglight for SQL Server mode.

Currently Selected Database Group

This Databases table displays the group that is selected from the available database groups under the Databases section of the navigation pane.

The Databases table contains the following columns:





The instance’s highest severity alarm, which determines the instance’s health state.


The name of the instance.


The version number of the instance.

Up Since

The date and time when the instance was last restarted.


Displays the workload chart for the instance.

DB Alarms

The number of warnings, critical, and fatal alarms for the instance.

Shows the most recent alarms invoked for the specific instance displayed in the row. The alarms are displayed by their severity levels, with the aggregated number for each severity.

Clicking the alarm’s severity icon displays the Alarm pop-up, which provides in-depth information about the alarm, its causes and implications.

System Utilization



The name of the computer that hosts the instance.

CPU Load (%)

The overall operating system CPU usage (including CPU usage by the database).

Memory (%)

The percentage, within the total memory, of memory consumed by all operating system processes (including the database). This value includes both RAM resident memory and swapped memory.

Disk (% Busy)

The percentage of time the busiest device spent serving system-wide input and output requests. This metric serves as a measure for the system I/O load.

Monitoring Status



The operational status of the monitoring agent.

When the agent instance is running, hovering over the Stat icon displays the status message Collecting Data.

When the agent instance is running but not collecting data, hovering over the State icon displays one of the following status messages:


The state of OS-related data retrieval by the database cartridge, the Infrastructure cartridge, or both.

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