||SQL Server Tips by Robin Schumacher
If there are several servers being tracked for capacity planning
purposes, there will be some challenges ahead. First, if using a
central repository to hold statistics for enterprise SQL Server
installation, a linked server will need to be set up on each of the
monitored SQL Servers that allow connectivity to the central SQL
Server repository. This way, collection procedures can all insert
directly into the capacity planning repository.
An optional method is to use replication and periodically feed the
central repository from collection tables that exist on each SQL
Server. While this works fine, it is not as clean as using the
linked server setup.
The second issue is how to monitor the progress of all collection
jobs. Actually, this does not differ in the challenge of monitoring
any enterprise job backup system such as all backup routines.
Centralized job scheduling software can help, but there are
workarounds in using each individualized SQL Agent installation.
The above book excerpt is from:
High-Performance SQL Server DBA
Tuning & Optimization Secrets