Custom comparisons in Aireforge Studio

The Compare module in Aireforge Studio can compare the instance, database, security and host configurations across hundreds of SQL Server and Azure SQL Database instances but sometimes you need something custom to your environment. This is where custom comparisons can help out.

Custom comparisons enable you to check values that are specific to your setup, such as the last update time in a table, row counts from replicated tables that should be in sync or you could make use of a brand new DMV, by creating your own query rather than waiting for the comparison definition updates from Aireforge.

Creating a custom comparison

Open Aireforge Studio and navigate to the Compare tab, select Configure from the toolbar and then Add Comparison.

compare_customcomparison

From this dialog you can create your own custom comparison. Lets create one to check if lock pages in memory is set.

Name: Lock Pages in Memory

Author: You

Category: Create a new one or put it in Instance \ Hardware

Description: Returns sql_memory_model_desc which is either CONVENTIONAL, LOCK_PAGES or LARGE_PAGES (EE Only)

Query: As this only applies to SQL Server 2016 SP1, we only need a single query but it’s possible to create different queries, for different versions of SQL Server. This is useful if you want to convert values so that they match between versions (KB to MB etc.).

SELECT  sql_memory_model_desc
FROM    sys.dm_os_sys_info;

Applies to: Select SQL Server 2016.

Note: This example query will only work for SQL Server 2016 SP1 or newer and will fail on 2016 or below. You could put your own version check in the script for now but we’ll be making the version selection more granular.

Columns: Select how Aireforge Studio should compare the column(s) and match the rows. We should choose Normal Compare for this example but the other options are:

  • Primary Key: Used to match rows in the result sets
  • Ignore: Ignored from the result set and not displayed
  • Normal Compare: Should be equal across all servers
  • No Compare: Displayed in results but not compared between servers
  • Unique: Should be unique amongst servers

Now save the custom comparison and perform an Aireforge Studio compare. If you create a useful script and you think we should include it, please email us or create a support ticket.

OmniCompare becomes Aireforge Studio

We created OmniCompare over a year ago now and it has evolved quite a bit since the early days of merely comparing the results from a small number of queries; mainly sys.configurations. The application is getting more powerful with each release and we’re also making good progress on OmniGuard, which protects SQL Server estates from unauthorised access, and OmniTune, which provides powerful tuning information for single or multiple databases.

With these new applications nearing beta release and OmniCompare nearing it’s official release, we had to make the decision to either continue with OmniCompare and create separate applications for our others tools or create a single application which contains our growing suite of tools. We opted for the later, and created Aireforge Studio.

A single application enables us to remain lean in terms of development and marketing but it will provide a better experience for the user. Again, this consumed a large amount of our development time and pushed us back a few month, but we’re keen to create the best foundation for our products before the official release(s).

The beta of Aireforge Studio 0.9.5 is now available to download either by updating OmniCompare or downloading OmniCompare from the website.