At the PASS Summit we were thrilled to announce a new feature: Health Check for Minion Enterprise!
Minion Enterprise already gathers a ton of information about your servers and SQL Server instances into a central repository, which is perfect for alerting, reporting and configuration.
Now, we’re adding standard audits and internal health checks, so you can assess your entire environment all at once!
We want feedback! Fill out a four questions to get input for our new Health Check module, and we’ll contact you when the module is ready for beta testers!
“Audits are easy!” said no one before now.
Like everything in Minion Enterprise, Health Check is native SQL: run a stored procedure, and see the results in the log tables and the associated SSRS report.
For example, to run the CIS Microsoft SQL Server Benchmark, we run:
@ReportName = 'CIS Benchmark',
@MetricExecutionDateTime = NULL;
That’s rather unassuming, so let’s say it a bit louder: Your entire benchmark is now complete for every instance in your environment.
The final version of Health Check will include other external benchmarks and audits, and customizable internal audits.
Help shape the Health Check
This is where you come in: email us to get in on the beta and have your input shape the module!
Don’t get us wrong: we already have a list of metrics a mile long that we’re adding to ME Health Check. But we know we won’t think of absolutely everything. So…what does your shop need to check?
Now, back to the details…
Live in audit mode, automatically
Like everything else in Minion Enterprise, your data is stored in SQL Server tables. What’s the point of being a DBA, really, if we can’t get our hands on the data?
Of course, we’ve also made pretty reports for the Health Check results, so you can drill down into the data easily. Here’s an early version of the drill-down report:
What this all means is you can do anything you like with the Health Check feature. For example, you can:
- Schedule a health check to run every Sunday night.
- Create an alert to check the results for any failures, and email them to the DBA team.
- Schedule regular report emails for the team leads and managers.
- Never, ever be caught by surprise by an audit.
It’s already turning out to be one of our favorite modules ever, and we know you’re going to love it, too! Remember, email us to get in on the beta!