This metric returns a count of the job steps that failed in the latest execution of all jobs on the instance. This should be a calculated measure, where the change is what should alert the DBA. If any step in a job fails in the latest execution, this alert counts those failures and returns a […] Read more
Connection timeouts can be difficult to troubleshoot. It’s sometimes not even apparent that a timeout has occurred. However, the connectivity_ring_buffer_recorded Extended Event can show that this has happened. This is a debug event within Extended Events, so some caution is necessary in its use. Microsoft can change the debug events without warning. You can use […] Read more
This metric identifies when an object has been changed by other than the authorized login. It relies on an Extended Events session to capture the metrics and filters for a specific login. This is a tweak to this custom metric. Here is the necessary Extended Events Session (substitute the appropriate login for the ‘LoginName’ string. […] Read more
This metric tracks the largest file in a database as a percentage of the maximum file size. If there are 3 files, and 2 are at 50% of the max set (max_usage in sys.database_files), and a third is at 60%, the 60% number is returned. Read more
This metric looks for the presence of the MrbMiner malware by checking for an account in sys.sql_logins. Additional information: https://www.zdnet.com/article/new-mrbminer-malware-has-infected-thousands-of-mssql-databases/ Read more
One or more SQL Agent jobs exist that are not owned by the database owner. You should fix these jobs so that they’re owned by the appropriate person. If the owning account is removed from Active Directory, the job may fail. Read more
This metric queries data from an Extended Events session to detect databases being dropped, created, started, stopped, attached or detached. It assigns a configurable “anxiety index” value (an integer from 1-10) to each detected event and then calculates a total based on the occurrences of these events over a period. First, create and start for […] Read more
Get the count of Images that have been created with no Data Masker masking set applied. Run this solely on the Instance where you have the SQLClone_Config DB Setup (about ~5ms to run). Read more
What are custom metrics?
The SQL Monitor custom metric feature lets you run T-SQL queries against your SQL Servers to collect specific data. You can analyze and receive alerts about your custom data just like everything else SQL Monitor collects.
But what if you don’t want to write your own queries? No problem. Redgate has brought together a range of quality custom metrics for you to use in SQL Monitor, which are all are free, tried and tested. You can install straight away, and use the resources on this site to help you write your own.
This custom metric measures the total database file size (data files and log file combined). An increase in this metric signals that a database was grown. When not done by the DBA, this is an autogrow. Excessive autogrow events should be prevented as this can result to file fragmentation. Try to manually grow files before […] Read more
This metric will display the total number of active backups and restores on a server. This can be used to correlate with other metrics to explain why disk IO and CPU usage could have changed. Read more