Getting Started with SentryOne Portal

Introduction

What is SentryOne Portal?

SentryOne Portal is a browser-based option for accessing your SentryOne environment data that uses your existing SentryOne database. It replaces the previous mobile applications and Cloud Sync options.

SentryOne Portal shares the same UI experience as the cloud-based SentryOne Monitor product. See the Using SentryOne Monitor article to familiarize yourself with the overall layout.

Note: 

  • Chrome and Edge are the recommended browsers for using SentryOne Portal.
  • The configuration client referenced in the SentryOne Monitor documentation does not exist for SentryOne Portal users. You will still use the SentryOne client for any of those cases.
  • There may be minor differences in appearance between the SentryOne Monitor product and the SentryOne Portal feature for SQL Sentry. These will be noted in the documentation or related to the released version. Hovering over an image in the article will display the version that was used for the image.

Are all target types supported with SentryOne Portal?

SentryOne Portal currently supports the following target types:

  • SQL Server (including Amazon RDS)
  • Azure SQL Database
  • Windows

How do I install SentryOne Portal?

See the SentryOne Portal Configuration article. SentryOne Portal may be installed via the classic SentryOne Setup Wizard or through the EPI commands, as long as the method you choose matches your existing SentryOne installation.

How do I open SentryOne Portal?

Once you've installed SentryOne Portal, you can open it by completing the following steps:

1. Enter your domain for the SentryOne Portal in your preferred browser. 

Note:  In this example, the SentryOne Portal is bound to localhost, http://localhost/. The URL to open SentryOne Portal includes the port as well: http://localhost:9991/

You may have a different port to use with your host name. This information can be viewed or changed with the SentryOne Portal Configuration Utility. See the SentryOne Portal Configuration article for details.

2. Enter your authentication credentials to access the SentryOne Portal. Use your DOMAIN\Username if needed.

SentryOne Portal enter windows security information

Note:  Accounts logging into the SentryOne Portal must have access to the Windows Server hosting SentryOne Portal.

3. The browser opens the SentryOne Portal. See the Using Monitor article for help navigating SentryOne Portal's features.

Which features are available in Portal?

In general, the SentryOne Portal offers the same features available in SentryOne Monitor. It does not have feature parity with the SentryOne client for SQL Sentry. By offering a simpler view, it creates an option that can be more attractive for different stakeholders who don't need the depth of information and functionality offered in the client, or as more of an everyday view for DBAs who may only need to open the client for more advanced troubleshooting.

Note:  Remember, you still have access to all the additional SentryOne features through the SentryOne client.

Health Views

The Health view is the default view when opening SentryOne Monitor. This screen displays wedgets for Alerts by Severity and Alerts by Tag on the default Overview for all servers. You can drill into targets for an individual view.

Additional Information: See the Health Views article.

SentryOne Monitor Health View All Servers

Top SQL

The Top SQL view displays a unified picture of collected SQL statements. It's designed to help you quickly identify queries, applications, logins, and more that are causing the most waits, using the most resources, taking the most time, and putting the most load on your SQL Server.

Additional Information: See the Top SQL article.

SentryOne Monitor Top SQL Waits view

Alerts

The Alerts view displays a list of all the conditions that have evaluated to True.

Additional Information: See the Alerts article.

SentryOne Monitor Alerts Log

Blocking

The Blocking view maps the relationships between all blocking and blocked sessions (SPIDs) in a blocking chain, allowing you to pinpoint the cause and fix the blocking issue.

Additional Information: See the Blocking article.

Monitor Blocking: Hover for More Details

Deadlocks

The Deadlocks view provides details about deadlocks within your monitored environment. Use it to identify and fix deadlock issues on your monitored servers.

Additional Information: See the Deadlocks article.

TempDB

The TempDB view displays a wealth of information about what is using your tempdb database and how effectively it is being used. This feature is specific to SentryOne Portal and is not available in the SentryOne client.

Additional Information: See the TempDB article.


Dashboards

The Dashboard view displays the performance charts for monitored targets.

Additional Information: See the Dashboards article.

SentryOne Monitor Dashboard view select date range

Custom Dashboards

SentryOne Portal offers the ability to create custom dashboards. With custom dashboards, you can include the performance metric widgets that you want, and you can have performance charts for different targets on the same dashboard. This feature is specific to SentryOne Portal and is not available in the SentryOne client.

Additional Information: See the Custom Dashboards article.

SentryOne Monitor Edit Dashboard pane select Save Dashboard

Additional Information: The SentryOne Portal feature page contains a feature overview.