SQL Azure Sessions Test

In the database context, the connection between the user process and the server process is called a session. The server process communicates with the connected user process and performs tasks on behalf of the users. The SQL Azure Sessions test is used by an eG agent to track user activity related to a database server instance.

Target of the test : A Microsoft SQL Azure database server

Agent deploying the test : An external/remote agent

Outputs of the test : One set of results for each database instance:user combination on the target Microsoft SQL Azure Database server being monitored.

Configurable parameters for the test
  1. Test period - How often should the test be executed
  2. Host - The host for which the test is to be configured.
  3. ssl – If the Microsoft SQL server being monitored is an SSL-enabled server, then set the ssl flag to Yes. If not, then set the ssl flag to No.
  4. instance - In this text box, enter the name of a specific Microsoft SQL instance that is to be monitored. The default value of this parameter is “default”. To monitor an Microsoft SQL instance named “CFS”, enter this as the value of the INSTANCE parameter.
  5. USER – Provide the name of a SQL user with the view server state role.
  6. password - The password of the specified user.
  7. confirm password - Confirm the password by retyping it
  8. domain - By default, none is displayed in the DOMAIN text box. If the ‘SQL server and Windows’ authentication has been enabled for the server being monitored, then the DOMAIN can continue to be none. On the other hand, if ‘Windows only’ authentication has been enabled, then, in the DOMAIN text box, specify the Windows domain in which the managed Microsoft SQL server exists. Also, in such a case, the USER name and PASSWORD that you provide should be that of a user authorized to access the monitored SQL server.
  9. isntlmv2 - In some Windows networks, NTLM (NT LAN Manager) may be enabled. NTLM is a suite of Microsoft security protocols that provides authentication, integrity, and confidentiality to users. NTLM version 2 (“NTLMv2”) was concocted to address the security issues present in NTLM. By default, the isntlmv2 flag is set to No, indicating that NTLMv2 is not enabled by default on the target Microsoft SQL host. Set this flag to Yes if NTLMv2 is enabled on the target host.
  10. ISPASSIVE – If the value chosen is yes, then the Microsoft SQL server under consideration is a passive server in a SQL cluster. No alerts will be generated if the server is not running. Measures will be reported as “Not applicable’ by the agent if the server is not up.
  11. REPORTMANAGERTIME – By default, this flag is set to Yes, indicating that, by default, the detailed diagnosis of this test, if enabled, will report the shutdown and reboot times of the device in the manager’s time zone. If this flag is set to No, then the shutdown and reboot times are shown in the time zone of the system where the agent is running(i.e., the system being managed for agent-based monitoring, and the system on which the remote agent is running - for agentless monitoring).
  12. To make diagnosis more efficient and accurate, the eG Enterprise embeds an optional detailed diagnostic capability. With this capability, the eG agents can be configured to run detailed, more elaborate tests as and when specific problems are detected. To enable the detailed diagnosis capability of this test for a particular server, choose the On option. To disable the capability, click on the Off option.

    The option to selectively enable/disable the detailed diagnosis capability will be available only if the following conditions are fulfilled:

    • The eG manager license should allow the detailed diagnosis capability
    • Both the normal and abnormal frequencies configured for the detailed diagnosis measures should not be 0.
Measurements made by the test
Measurement Description Measurement Unit Interpretation

Total sessions

Indicates the total number of sessions that are currently open on the database instance for this user.

Number

A high value may indicate that there is a high load on the database instance.

Running sessions

Indicates the number of sessions that are currently running on the database instance for this user.

Number

 

Sleeping sessions

Indicates the number of sessions that were idle on the database instance for this user.

Number

 

Suspended sessions

Indicates the number of sessions initiated by this user on the database instance were suspended.

Number

 

Rollback sessions

Indicates the number of sessions that were rolled back for this user on the database instance.

Number

 

Dormant sessions

Indicates the number of sessions that were dormant for this user on the database instance.

Number

 

Pending sessions

Indicates the number of sessions that were pending for this user on the database instance.

Number

 

Blocked sessions

Indicates the number of sessions that were blocked for this user on the database instance.

Number

Blocking occurs when one session holds a lock on a resource that another session is requesting. As a result, the requesting session will be blocked - it will hang until the holding session gives up the locked resource. In almost every case, blocking is avoidable. In fact, if you find that your session is blocked in an interactive application, then you have probably been suffering from the lost update bug as well, perhaps without realizing it. That is, your application logic is flawed and that is the cause of blocking. Ideally, the value of this measure should be zero.

The detailed diagnosis capability, if enabled, lists all the blocked sessions of this database.