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SQL Heartbeat – my favorite free tool

There are many great scripts available for monitoring SQL Server. But admit it, don’t you miss animation and color? I’ve been using SQL Heartbeat for about two weeks and I really appreciate the animation and color. These features make the output highly effective and easy to grasp. Processes grow larger as they use more resources. Lines appear between processes when locking occurs. I find the tool so useful I leave it up all day on my secondary monitor. There have been several times when the only reason I noticed something important was because of the animated effects catching my eye. Download it from: http://www.sqlsolutions.com/products/Heartbeat/index.html

SQLHeartbeat

Published Thursday, February 11, 2010 9:16 PM by John Paul Cook

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Arthur Z said:

Impressive for a free tool!

Thank you Chris!!

Will let my DBA know about it.

February 12, 2010 10:10 AM
 

merrillaldrich said:

Nice!

February 12, 2010 11:56 AM
 

Chris Randall said:

Good find, thanks.

February 12, 2010 10:24 PM
 

Barry S said:

Been using it for over a year now.

It is Fantastic.  

I too keep it open all day on a separate monitor.

February 15, 2010 10:15 AM
 

John said:

For the folks who leave the toll running all day, does this tool use a lot of resources, such as the CPU of the SQL host?

February 16, 2010 11:01 AM
 

Rudy Komacsar said:

Unfortunately it did not function for me in an environment that requires "RUN AS" for all server access.

February 18, 2010 4:47 PM
 

Les said:

I keep this one open all day too.  Love it!

January 14, 2013 11:40 AM

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About John Paul Cook

John Paul Cook is both a Registered Nurse and a Microsoft SQL Server MVP experienced in Microsoft SQL Server and Oracle database application design, development, and implementation. He has spoken at many conferences including Microsoft TechEd and the SQL PASS Summit. He has worked in oil and gas, financial, manufacturing, and healthcare industries. Experienced in systems integration and workflow analysis, John is passionate about combining his IT experience with his nursing background to solve difficult problems in healthcare. He sees opportunities in using business intelligence and Big Data to satisfy healthcare meaningful use requirements and improve patient outcomes. John graduated from Vanderbilt University with a Master of Science in Nursing Informatics and is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau nursing honor society. Contributing author to SQL Server MVP Deep Dives and SQL Server MVP Deep Dives Volume 2.
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