Monitoring Availability Groups
One of the newer features in SQL Server is availability groups, which can help solve a number of business problems. As administrators, availability groups introduce some complexity as we are tasked to make sure the Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO) can be meet for these servers. The complexity comes because we have different instances that must work together, but they don’t always see eye to eye. In this episode, we chat with Tracy Boggiano of ChannelAdvisor about how they go about monitoring their availability groups and the pros and cons of the out-of-the-box tools. Our discussion touches on the availability group process and Tracy has posted her scripts on her blog for you to use as you look at reviewing your environments. I think you will enjoy this discussion.
“You just need to allocate the resources and play with the stuff in your staging environment and make sure you have resources”
“I much prefer having a query and using PowerShell and just running in the multiple instances
“We use a third party monitoring solution for our monitoring rather getting a whole bunch of SQL agent alerts”
Tracy is the Database Superhero for DocuSign. Tracy does many things in the Microsoft Data Platform Community and is Microsoft Data Platform MVP. Tracy has volunteered through the NC Guardian ad Litem program since 2003 being the voice for abused and neglected foster children in the court system. This is her passion outside of SQL Server and favorite, most important job. Tracy also volunteers on the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Council for the Disability Rights of North Carolina and has received her Mental Health First Aide certification. When Tracy isn’t volunteering at the places above, she likes to be making a difference somewhere else.
Meet the Hosts
With more than 10 years of working with SQL Server, Carlos helps businesses ensure their SQL Server environments meet their users’ expectations. He can provide insights on performance, migrations, and disaster recovery. He is also active in the SQL Server community and regularly speaks at user group meetings and conferences. He helps support the free database monitoring tool found at databasehealth.com and provides training through SQL Trail events.
Eugene works as an independent BI consultant and Pluralsight author, specializing in Power BI and the Azure Data Platform. He has been working with data for over 8 years and speaks regularly at user groups and conferences. He also helps run the GroupBy online conference.
Kevin is a Microsoft Data Platform MVP and proprietor of Catallaxy Services, LLC, where he specializes in T-SQL development, machine learning, and pulling rabbits out of hats on demand. He is the lead contributor to Curated SQL, president of the Triangle Area SQL Server Users Group, and author of the books PolyBase Revealed (Apress, 2020) and Finding Ghosts in Your Data: Anomaly Detection Techniques with Examples in Python (Apress, 2022). A resident of Durham, North Carolina, he can be found cycling the trails along the triangle whenever the weather's nice enough.