Release 3.2.1.231

We’ve recently pushed out a minor release – version number 3.2.1.231

It contains the following two fixes:

  1. IE 10 – SQL Monitor UI now works on IE 10
  2. SQL Monitor will now be able to monitor SQL Server 2012 which has AlwaysOn availability group feature turned on

To take advantage of the Availability Group feature using SQL Monitor, you will have to add every node on the availability group as if it were a standalone machine. This way, SQL Monitor will monitor all instances on all nodes, be they active or passive. For easier handling, we’d recommend putting all of these machines into the same group (as in the “folders” that you can put monitored servers into in SQL Monitor). The instances will not look like part of a cluster in the UI, but they will behave accordingly (except instead of a Cluster Failover alert, SQL Monitor will report cluster failovers on Availability Groups by raising a “Machine/SQL Server Unreachable” alert on the failing entity.)

SQL Monitor will display a message above the product name banner when it next checks for updates:
Updates Available Message

A few links with good explanations about SQL Server 2012 Availability Groups:

A blog post from November 2010 when the feature was first announced:
http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2010/11/sql-server-denali-database-mirroring-rocks/
The same site has a section on SQL Server 2012 Availability Groups:
http://www.brentozar.com/sql/sql-server-alwayson-availability-groups/
including a guide to installing it:
http://www.brentozar.com/archive/2011/07/how-set-up-sql-server-denali-availability-groups/

This blog post on Technet is also a good basic introduction to Availability Groups:
http://blogs.technet.com/b/andrew/archive/2011/11/15/sql-server-2012-always-on.aspx

This MSDN article goes in a bit more depth with some of the technical issues:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ff877884.aspx

We’re currently working on making more improvements to SQL Monitor and will post an update shortly. Watch this space…

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