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SQL Server Monitoring

Last Modified: 2015-11-12
I see this question was asked in the past, but it was several months ago. I have a SQL 2008 server that has about a dozen databases loaded, with one primary being about 1TB. I'm looking for a good SQL monitoring tool. I've used Spotlight on SQL in the past, and it was pretty, but didn't allow you to do too much. I've also trialed Redgate, which wasn't as pretty as Spotlight, but let you do some immediate changes to tweak performance. I also see that Idera has a product available, which I have not yet tested.

Does anyone have any experience with these products or another that they could share? My primary DB is supported by our EMR vendor, so I'm not really allowed to make changes. But, I do need to be able to identify issues to report to them for resolution. I found a comparison between several products here but of course, it's by idera, so it's kind of one sided.

Does anyone have personal experience with these products that can provide a good recommendation?
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