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Spotlight on SQL Server Enterprise 11.7 - Release Notes

SQL Server | Connection Details

Open this screen from the Spotlight Client

  1. Click Configure | Connections.

  2. Select the SQL Server connection type.
  3. Click Add a new connection or to edit, right click the connection and select Properties.

    TIP: Spotlight can add multiple SQL Server instances via discovery or by importing details from a file.

Specify the connection details for this SQL Server instance

Field Description


The connect string used to link to the SQL Server (that is, the Server Name, Server Instance Name, or IP address).

For a Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) enter the virtual name of the cluster.


The authentication for Spotlight to use to connect to the SQL Server instance.

Select Windows Authentication (using Diagnostic Server credentials) to use the Windows user configured to run the Spotlight Diagnostic Server. Ensure this account is trusted by the SQL Server.

Alternatively, fill in the Database User and Password fields. Ensure the database user has sufficient account permissions to retrieve performance data from the SQL Server instance and host by WMI. Typically the account will be a member of the sysadmin server role. It could be a SQL Server login (such as 'sa'). If this is not feasible in your environment, see How to grant SQL Server account permissions to a trusted user.

The connection will fail if the account permissions are insufficient to allow Spotlight to collect the data it needs.

Read Only Intent

Select this option if the SQL Server instance hosts a secondary replica of an Availability Group and for this secondary replica ApplicationIntent=ReadOnly. Failure to select this option when required will result in some data not being collected for the secondary replica; this will be most noticeable on the SQL Server | Databases drilldown.

Use Extended Events


The Spotlight Diagnostic Server will use Extended Events to collect data from the SQL Server instance. The data is used by:

  • SQL Server | Workload Analysis Drilldown
  • SQL Server | Wait Events Drilldown
  • Deadlock checks: SQL Server | SQL Activity Drilldown, Locks - Deadlocks Alarm.

If you select to use Extended Events (following a period of time when the use of Extended Events was deselected) the SQL Server | Workload Analysis Drilldown and SQL Server | Wait Events Drilldown may take a few minutes to repopulate with data.

Not Selected

The Spotlight Diagnostic Server will use SQL Server Trace to collect data for deadlock checks. The Spotlight Diagnostic Server will NOT collect data for the SQL Server | Workload Analysis Drilldown and SQL Server | Wait Events Drilldown.

If you set this value after the connection to the SQL Server is established then the change will not show up immediately on the user interface as the Workload Analysis Drilldown and Wait Events Drilldown will continue to show historical data till no data is available.

Note that the setting for Use Extended Events can be set collectively for all SQL Server on the Spotlight Diagnostic Server from .


Select the Windows server hosting the SQL Server.

Do not monitor

Select Do not monitor if you do not want to monitor the Windows server.

Cluster (monitor active node)

Select Cluster (monitor active node) for a Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS).

Spotlight uses the current host node name to select the operating system connection. Therefore each Windows node in the cluster must be monitored by Spotlight. Verify each Windows node is in the list of Windows server connections.

Click Create to add a Windows server to the list. This opens Windows Server | Connection Details.

TIP: When done, click Test to verify Spotlight can successfully establish a connection with the details provided. If there are connection problems see Monitoring SQL Servers.

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