SQL Sentry is a must if you have Microsoft SQL databases
January 18, 2022

SQL Sentry is a must if you have Microsoft SQL databases

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with SolarWinds SQL Sentry

The dashboard view of our server allows us to monitor the activity on our primary system and at a glance know if there is an issue. Getting to travel back in time and isolate performance issues is a huge bonus for us. We have been able to optimize and reduce issues with our database allowing our users to have a better experience with the dependent software. We also use it to monitor and plan our ETL jobs to not interfere with each other. In our regional community, we recommend others to SQL Sentry to monitor their Microsoft SQL instances.
  • Real-Time Monitoring
  • Top Long Running SQL
  • Performance troubleshooting
  • Job Monitoring/Planning
  • Procedure and Query Statistics
  • Shiny Easy to use interface for those not comfortable with writing Queries
  • Integration with Azure Data Studio
  • A Containerized, platform agnostic web client
  • Support for Other Operating Systems
  • Support for other databases

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  • Percona Monitoring and Management (PMM)
I wasn't involved in the decision-making for SQL Sentry, but having previously used PlanExplorer, I felt confident that SQL Sentry would be a good fit to monitor our Microsoft SQL Instances. I would recommend this platform to others that have Microsoft SQL that is in need of monitoring.
Just had an end-user approach me about a long-running report. I was able to utilize the Top SQL tab and view the long-running report, copy the SQL being executed so I can place it in a notebook for later review for performance optimization. My manager looked in on the DBA Space earlier this morning to inquire about login issues for an application. As we had the dashboard loaded on our primary monitor, we were able to quickly glance and identify that the issue was not with the database. The issue was with a specific web server that was identified with other tools. We received a lot of calls in a short period of time with reports of 504 issues in the application. Using the Top SQL tab, identified that there was a report query being run multiple times that was causing table locks to not release. All these issues were identified in seconds with SentyOne. Most were resolved in under 60 seconds from the initial report of concern.

SolarWinds SQL Sentry Feature Ratings

Performance dashboard
Intelligent alerting
Not Rated
Historical trend data
Virtualization support
Not Rated