Recent events and data collected in the recent past are stored in the Playback Database.

Configure the Playback Database from the Spotlight Client

  1. Click Configure | Diagnostic server.
    Configure Diagnostic Server
  2. Select Configure the Playback Database.

Select the Diagnostic Server

For federated Spotlight Diagnostic Server you will be prompted to select the Spotlight Diagnostic Server to configure. Each Spotlight Diagnostic Server has an independently configured Playback Database.

Configure the Playback Database

Store playback data for n days

Specify the number of days to store data in the Playback Database. The number of days corresponds to the number of days of history available to Playback. The default is seven days. The minimum is two days.


Specify the name of the SQL Server instance to host the playback database. Click the down arrow to list available instances.


Specify the authentication for Spotlight to use to connect to the Playback Database.

Select Windows Authentication (using Diagnostic Server credentials) to use the account that runs the Spotlight Diagnostic Server. Ensure this account is trusted by the SQL Server instance.

Alternatively, select SQL Server authentication and fill in the User and Password fields. The SQL Server user must have sufficient privileges to connect to the SQL Server instance hosting the Playback Database.


Specify the name of the Playback Database. By default the name is SpotlightPlaybackDatabase.


Click Create to create a new Playback Database. For more information, see Create Playback Database dialog.