Amazon SQL Server Database makes it easy to setup, operate, and scale SQL Server deployments in the cloud.
This step-by-step guide explains how to setup and monitor Amazon SQL Server Database using CloudMonix.
In this article
1. Monitoring setup
2. Collect, understand and use your data
3. Setup verification and troubleshooting
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CloudMonix provides advanced monitoring metrics and features for Amazon SQL Server Databases. Noteworthy:
- CloudMonix connects to Amazon SQL Server Database directly from within own cloud premise thru user-defined IP address and port which need to be white-listed as described in this article
- CloudMonix receives data by directly connecting and querying databases
- pre-configured metrics: blocking queries, blocking queries count, list of open connections, active connections, list of queries being executed, CPU utilization, read / write IOPS, resource response time, database size, top queries and resource status
- alerts on blocking queries, database approaching maximum size, open connections maximum limit, high CPU utilization, slow responses and resource outages
- ability to run custom SQL scripts on specified databases
a. Run the Setup Wizard in the portal (preferred way):
This article explains how to add resources to CloudMonix via the Setup Wizard.
b. Firewall configuration:
CloudMonix monitoring services are hosted in Azure and use static IP addresses to perform monitoring. In certain circumstances user-defined firewall rules may prevent CloudMonix from accessing the monitored resources. Given this scenario, it is necessary to white-list CloudMonix IP addresses as described in this article.
c. Tweak settings in the Definition tab (optional):
Definition tab for an existing resource can be accessed by clicking the resource's monitoring settings in the performance dashboard:
Definition tab provides settings for the resource name, Amazon API key, Amazon region, database instance identifier, server endpoint, options to enable encrypted connection and use of trust server certificate, SQL credentials, database name, configuration template and categories:
Configuration Template setting provides pre-defined configuration templates available in CloudMonix by default as well as previously stored custom templates. See predefined templates for Amazon SQL Server Database for reference.
d. Manual setup (optional instead of the Setup Wizard route):
Click the Add New button in the top right corner of your dashboard:
Fill in required information in the Definition tab as described in the previous step.
e. Advanced configuration:
Advanced configuration tab provides additional monitoring settings, which are already set as default for most use-cases.
Collect, understand and use your data
Specific Metrics, Templates, Alerts and Automation Actions for Amazon SQL Server Database:
Amazon SQL Server Database Settings
Diagnostic data points retrieved from the monitored resource are referred to as metrics . CloudMonix provides default templates for the metrics recommended for common configurations. Metrics can be further added, removed or customized in the Metrics tab of the Amazon SQL Server Database resource configuration dialog:
CloudMonix features a sophisticated alert engine that allows alerts to be published for very particular conditions pre-defined by a template configuration or custom based on any of the available metrics. Alerts can be further added, removed or customized in the Alerts tab of the Amazon SQL Server Database resource configuration dialog:
Actions are automation features that can be configured to fire based on specific conditions or schedule. Actions can be added and configured in the Actions tab of the Amazon SQL Server Database resource configuration dialog:
Available actions include the ability to run custom SQL scripts on the specified database based on condition or schedule.
Setup verification and troubleshooting
a. Setup verification:
Successful resource setup can be verified by clicking Test button in the resource configuration dialog and visiting the Test Results tab:
b. Troubleshooting monitoring issues:
CloudMonix provides deep insights into resource monitoring issues via the Status Dashboard screen. The screen allows to overview resources that have raised alerts and troubleshoot them by diving into the monitoring logs.
Read the full article on how to use Status Dashboard to diagnose resource monitoring issues.