tools to scan a SQL server's problem

marrowyung
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hi,

I can't recall what is the name of the tools that when first assess the SQL server we can see the existing potential SQL serve problem. this can be a a quick report on what is happening and what's wrong with a SQL server 2012

what is the tools ?
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marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)

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is it the Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Best Practices Analyzer ? but it don't scan potential SQL server performance related problem ?
Vitor MontalvãoIT Engineer
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BPA is a tool to check about the configuration of the SQL Server instance. It also says when was performed last backups of the database and if you're using deprecated features.
Don't expect something to check for performance issues. This kind of stuffs needs to be checked by DBAs with the help of some tools and features (DMV, Profiler, Extended Events, Performance Monitor, 3rd party software, ...).
marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)

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so when you check SQL server issue with customer, you never do this, right?

so you will use a lot of other tools for that?
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Vitor MontalvãoIT Engineer
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I mostly work with monitoring tools like SCOM or BMC Patrol. Usually they have all the information that I need for troubleshooting.
Adding more tools and components is worthless as it's only take resources.
marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)

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"Adding more tools and components is worthless as it's only take resources."

I think the point is,  I need the right tools to check. so BPA is not by this point, agree ?
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I like BPA but isn't a daily tool usage. It's something that you should run at least once by year to check if your SQL Server instances are configured and running as expected.
marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)

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"I like BPA but isn't a daily tool usage."

 I think we have to run it for customer too, I am now just by eyes, not very robust, general suggestion is easy but I think I need more.

did you use a tools like SentryOne? it is a good tools, Idera DM, I gave 50/100, idea is good but far from working well/expected.
Vitor MontalvãoIT Engineer
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No. I'm so used to Microsoft that I don't use 3rd party tools.
marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)

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this one:
SentryOne, very good tools.
Vitor MontalvãoIT Engineer
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Mind that I don't choose the monitoring tools for my clients. That's not my area. For now my experience is only with SCOM and BMC Patrol and I'm quite happy with them.
marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)

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ok. good ! what is the strength of Patrol let you keep using that ?
Vitor MontalvãoIT Engineer
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I'm not a Patrol specialist. I just talk with the monitoring team and tell them what I want to be monitored.
I think I already sent you the Hong Kong link for BMC Patrol.
marrowyungSenior Technical architecture (Data)

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ahahaah, I think you know Patrol in detail. it seems we need to suggest customer a tools, what I am experiencing is, they seems very urgent to know what is going on insider the SQL server box, good or not good.'

actually  I prefer Idera DM  sentryone, include infrastructure + development code monitoring.  but Idera DM has a lot of feature problem in the recent build that development don't even know.
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tks anyway.

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