SolarWinds SQL Sentry

SolarWinds SQL Sentry

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SolarWinds SQL Sentry


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[SolarWinds SQL Sentry] in a Nutshell

January 19, 2022
We've purchased SolarWinds SQL Sentry in order to have eyes inside our database servers. From the moment that we rolled it out, people …
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SentryOne review

November 10, 2021
We use it to monitor our critical SQL server cluster and it is currently just used by the DBAs. It allows us to monitor in real time but …
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SQL Sentry makes my job easier

April 21, 2021
We use SentryOne to monitor our Production SQL instances for the entire organization. We choose SentryOne as our monitoring solution to …
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Why Switch to SQL Sentry?

April 21, 2021
SQL Sentry is being used to monitor 260 SQL instances across or enterprise. We are in the process of integrating the alerting capabilities …

SQL Sentry to keep an eye on things

April 13, 2021
We use SQL Sentry in my department to monitor patterns and fluctuations in performance for our SQL Servers. It's helped us address monthly …
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Great Performance Monitoring Tool

April 07, 2021
We have used SQL Sentry primarily for helping us monitor and proactively deal with performance issues with SQL Server. When we have a …
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Already impressed with SQL Sentry

January 13, 2021
We are using SQL Sentry to centralize our SQL server monitoring from a number of differing domains. For the first time at this …
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SQL Sentry Review

June 25, 2020
We use SQL Sentry to monitor and alert on our SQL Server Environment. It helps us troubleshoot live issues as they occur using the …
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Popular Features

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Performance dashboard (101)


Top SQL (101)


Intelligent alerting (95)


Historical trend data (99)


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Plan Explorer (SQL Server Query Tuning)


On Premise

SQL Sentry for Azure SQL Database


On Premise
Per year per database (annual subscription)

SQL Sentry


On Premise
Per year per instance (annual subscription)

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Features Scorecard

SQL Performance Monitoring


Product Details

What is SolarWinds SQL Sentry?

SolarWinds SQL Sentry is designed to help data professionals optimize SQL Server database performance in physical, virtual, and cloud environments. SQL Sentry delivers metrics to help users find and fix database performance problems and provides scalability, boasting demonstrated success monitoring 800+ SQL Server instances with one monitoring database.

With SQL Sentry, the user can monitor:

  • SQL Server
  • Azure SQL Database
  • SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS)
  • SQL Server on Hyper-V or VMware VMs (including host)
  • SQL Server on Azure SQL Database Managed Instance
  • SQL Server on Amazon RDS
  • SQL Server on Amazon EC2
  • SQL Server on Linux

Although a SQL Sentry license can be used to monitor Azure SQL Database in a hybrid environment, dedicated licensing is available for large Azure SQL Database environments.

SolarWinds SQL Sentry Features

SQL Performance Monitoring Features

  • Supported: Performance dashboard
  • Supported: Intelligent alerting
  • Supported: Top SQL
  • Supported: Historical trend data
  • Supported: Virtualization support

Additional Features

  • Supported: Query plan analysis
  • Supported: Blocking and deadlock analysis
  • Supported: Event Calendar
  • Supported: Advisory Conditions
  • Supported: AlwaysOn Availability Groups monitoring
  • Supported: Index analysis
  • Supported: Storage Forecasting
  • Supported: SQL Sentry Portal (installed SQL Sentry web interface)
  • Supported: Environment Health Overview
  • Supported: Tempdb analysis
  • Supported: SQL Server Analysis Services (SSAS) monitoring

SolarWinds SQL Sentry Screenshots

SQL Sentry BlockingSQL Sentry DeadlocksSQL Sentry Index AnalysisSQL Sentry Top SQLSQL Sentry Performance Analysis Dashboard

SolarWinds SQL Sentry Downloadables

SolarWinds SQL Sentry Integrations

SolarWinds SQL Sentry Competitors

  • Redgate
  • Idera
  • Quest

SolarWinds SQL Sentry Technical Details

Deployment TypesOn-premise
Operating SystemsWindows
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Score 9 out of 10
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  • We've used the dashboard to observe that we had excessive recompiles occurring. The ability to identify the time that they were occurring allowed us to identify the procedure(s) and rewrite them to be performant without recompiling. The performance of our application and reporting improved after this.
  • We also used the dashboard to identify [trends] in SQL Server Waits. We were able to identify the jobs that were causing the SQL Waits to surge and optimize them. This resulted in further improvements to our user's experience with the dependent application.
  • We utilized the dashboard graph for backup speed to identify that backups were not processing for a chosen database. Once we identified this, we were able to modify the maintenance plan to get our backups back on track.
Score 9 out of 10
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  • We are better able to predict performance issues by using alerting.
  • It is much easier to explain historical issues by using historical snapshots and reporting.
  • The different options for predicting future disk space usage has helped us in capacity planning.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • I was able to identify a process that was consuming 40% of a server's CPU. After tuning the process that load all but disappeared.
  • I was able to identify and tune a process that was causing multimillion reads down into the tens of thousands range.
  • I was able to identify and tune a process that was taking 5 minutes per execution down to 4 seconds.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • The tool has been invaluable with analysing performance issues. Being able to locate what blocking processes occurred overnight to resolve them via scheduling jobs at different times or rewriting stored procedures to run more effectively.
  • Great for analysis and to be able to send information to vendors as to why their applications might be deadlocking or running ineffectively if it is missing indexes or statistics are not up to date
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Charting with history and alerts have identified performance bottlenecks that previously had not been recognized.
  • Having immediate awareness of key issues has helped to mitigate them before performance reached a point of impact on users.
  • SQL Sentry has helped us to find when multiple processes collided causing a performance impact, allowing us to reschedule to avoid unnecessary overlap.
Mark Lessard | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • We are more efficient in diagnosing performance issues. Time spent on this type or diagnosis has decreased by about 75%. The tool makes it much easier to discriminate between issues due to SQL and environment issues versus solution architecture and data distribution issues.
Kevin Dickover, PMP | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
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  • We have found and corrected for badly constructed queries that were invisible to us in the overnight process
  • We have found users running badly constructed queries to SQL Server Analysis Services and stopped them
  • We have made reports of bad user behavior factual and backed by data when discussing them with senior leadership rather than the anecdotal reports that we previously had. This allowed us to correct behavior.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Illustrates poorly performing stored procedures which leads rewrites and research
  • Finds general performance issues on ad-hoc SQL
  • Identifies the origin host so you can track from which machine SQL is running. This would let you know if machines that should be idle are not.
Adrian Sullivan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
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  • Getting notified on SQL configuration enhancement opportunities has allowed us to more efficiently use hardware resources allocated to our SQL servers. This has greatly benefitted both us and our clients.
  • Having historic execution plans greatly speeds up our performance tuning related to the most resource intensive queries.
  • Our clients are finding noticeable improvements in application performance, which directly relates to optimisations based on SQL Sentry's output.
Derek Knutsen | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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  • A report was added to two locations in our application. That blew out the CPU. SQL Sentry was able to identify the times when heavy usage overloaded the system. We were able to identify the report as the root cause. And quickly fix it.
  • There was a poorly performing stored procedure that existed in the third party application we use. After an upgrade, the procedure caused our performance to drop. SQL Sentry was able to identify the queries that identified the procedure. We were able to put a patch in for the stored procedure.
  • In the process of adding a one-time job execution, I accidentally added another run of a maintenance job. The timeline view showed my error before the end of the day, allowing me to fix my error before it became a problem.
Score 10 out of 10
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  • On one solution line, we resolved 3 lingering deadlocks that were part of the system for a long time on the first day we installed the tool.
  • On another team, we have proactively identified that fixed several cases that created production outages.