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Quick Start Guide

The SQL Sentry Quick Start Guide (Web | PDF) will quickly walk you through the basic Installation and Setup Steps for SQL Sentry. Following this guide you should be able to install SQL Sentry, complete basic configuration, and start managing schedules and generating notifications across your enterprise within 10 to 30 minutes.

This guide is focused on initial installation and configuration steps only, and does not cover such topics as using the visual job calendar, monitoring job performance, chaining, queueing, etc. Please refer to the SQL Sentry User Guide for more information on these and other topics related to everyday use.


User Guide

The SQL Sentry User Guide (Web | PDF) covers features and general use of all SQL Sentry products, both alone and together. It can be accessed at any time from the SQL Sentry Client Help menu.


Plan Explorer User Guide

The SQL Sentry Plan Explorer User Guide (Web | PDF) covers features and general use of Plan Explorer. For additional information on Plan Explorer, SQL Server MVP Aaron Bertrand provides a demo kit.


Overhead Analysis

The purpose of the SQL Sentry Overhead Analysis is to provide both qualitative and quantitative information about the overhead impact you should expect from our products, Event Manager and Performance Advisor for SQL Server. We have gone to great lengths to produce consistent and realistic load tests, and to analyze the stresses that our monitoring can place on CPU, memory, network and I/O while a typical load is running against a number of monitored SQL Server instances.


SQL Sentry Architecture

SQL Sentry software was built to handle the largest server environments. Its lightweight polling architecture incurs minimal network and server overhead; and because there are no agents, installation and maintenance overhead is virtually non-existent. More details about the SQL Sentry architecture.


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