Released: System Center Management Pack for SQL Server, Replication, AS, RS, Dashboards (6.7.31.0)

We are happy to announce new updates to SQL Server Management Pack family!

  • Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server enables the discovery and monitoring of SQL Server Database Engines, Databases, SQL Server Agents, and other related components.

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2016

  • Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server Replication enables the monitoring of Replication as set of technologies for copying and distributing data and database objects from one database to another and then synchronizing between databases to maintain consistency.

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2008 Replication

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2012 Replication

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014 Replication

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2016 Replication

  • Management Pack for SQL Server Analysis Services enables the monitoring of Instances, Databases and Partitions.

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2008 Analysis Services

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2012 Analysis Services

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014 Analysis Services

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2016 Analysis Services

  • Management Pack for SQL Server Reporting Services (Native Mode) enables the monitoring of Instances and Deployments.

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2008 Reporting Services (Native Mode)

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2012 Reporting Services (Native Mode)

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2014 Reporting Services (Native Mode)

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server 2016 Reporting Services (Native Mode)

  • Management Pack for SQL Server Dashboards

Microsoft System Center Management Pack for SQL Server Dashboards

Please see below for the new features and improvements. More detailed information can be found in guides that can be downloaded from the links above.

Important Notes About This Release

  • Please note that we implemented a new alerting rule for SQL Server event #18456 “Login failed” in this release. However, this rule may become rather noisy due to the fact that the target events appear quite frequently in some environments. The rule is enabled by default; thus, if it creates too many alerts in your environment, consider disabling it via the override. The ideal would be to resolve the underlying issues causing the alert but we understand this is not always a priority.
  • We are introducing a new monitor in this release (see the first bullet below) based on customer feedback. You have now a better solution for monitoring backups of AG databases.

New SQL Server 2008-2016 MP Features and Fixes (6.7.31.0)

  • Added new “Availability Database Backup Status” monitor in Availability Group to check the existence and age of the availability database backups (this monitor is disabled by default)
  • “Database Backup Status” monitor has been changed to return only “Healthy” state for the databases that are Always On replicas, since availability database backups are now watched by the dedicated monitor
  • Improved performance of DB Space monitoring workflows
  • Added new “Login failed” alerting rule for SQL Server event #18456
  • Fixed issue: “Active Alerts” view does not show all alerts
  • Fixed issue: DB space monitoring scripts fail with “Cannot connect to database” error.
  • Fixed issue: PowerShell scripts fail with “Cannot process argument because the value of argument ‘obj’ is null” error
  • Fixed issue: Alert description of “Disk Ready Latency” and “Disk Write Latency” monitors displays the sample count instead of the performance value that was measured
  • Fixed issue: Different file location info from “sys.master_files” and “sysfiles” causes error when Availability Group secondary database files are in different path
  • Fixed issue: “DB Transaction Log Free Space Total” rules return wrong data
  • Introduced minor updates to the display strings
  • Deprecated “Garbage Collection” monitor and the appropriate performance rule
  • Resource Pool Discovery is disabled by default for pools not containing databases with Memory-Optimized Tables
  • “XTP Configuration” monitor now supports different file path types (not only those starting with C:, D:, etc.)
  • Fixed issue: “Resource Pool State” view shows incorrect set of objects
  • Fixed issue: Invalid group discovery in SQL Server 2016 Always On
  • Updated the visualization library

New SQL Server 2008-2016 Replication MP Features and Fixes (6.7.31.0)

  • Added Distributor name caching to Subscription discovery
  • Restricted the length of some string class properties
  • Improved the internal structure of SQL scripts storage
  • Fixed variable types in SQL scripts
  • Fixed connectivity issues in SmartConnect module
  • Introduced minor updates to the display strings
  • Updated the visualization library

New SQL Server 2008-2016 Reporting Services MP Features and Fixes (6.7.31.0)

  • Reimplemented Instance seed discovery: replaced the managed module with a PowerShell script
  • Reimplemented Deployment seed discovery: added a retry policy and improved error handling
  • Updated the visualization library

New SQL Server 2008-2016 Analysis Services MP Features and Fixes (6.7.31.0)

  • Restricted length of some string class properties
  • Updated the visualization library

New SQL Server Dashboards MP Features and Fixes (6.7.31.0)

  • Increased the version number to comply with the current version of SQL Server MPs

We are looking forward to hearing your feedback. This release is in English only. If you are an international customer looking for a localized version of this release, we would like to hear from you at sqlmpsfeedback@microsoft.com.