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SQL Server 2019 Administrator's Guide - Second Edition

By : Marek Chmel, Vladimír Mužný
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SQL Server 2019 Administrator's Guide - Second Edition

By: Marek Chmel, Vladimír Mužný

Overview of this book

SQL Server is one of the most popular relational database management systems developed by Microsoft. This second edition of the SQL Server Administrator's Guide will not only teach you how to administer an enterprise database, but also help you become proficient at managing and keeping the database available, secure, and stable. You’ll start by learning how to set up your SQL Server and configure new and existing environments for optimal use. The book then takes you through designing aspects and delves into performance tuning by showing you how to use indexes effectively. You’ll understand certain choices that need to be made about backups, implement security policy, and discover how to keep your environment healthy. Tools available for monitoring and managing a SQL Server database, including automating health reviews, performance checks, and much more, will also be discussed in detail. As you advance, the book covers essential topics such as migration, upgrading, and consolidation, along with the techniques that will help you when things go wrong. Once you’ve got to grips with integration with Azure and streamlining big data pipelines, you’ll learn best practices from industry experts for maintaining a highly reliable database solution. Whether you are an administrator or are looking to get started with database administration, this SQL Server book will help you develop the skills you need to successfully create, design, and deploy database solutions.
Table of Contents (17 chapters)
Section 1: Provisioning the SQL Server Environment
Section 2: Server and Database Maintenance
Section 3: High Availability and the Cloud with SQL Server 2019

Creating SQL Server Agent objects

In the previous sections, we described how to configure an environment for automation. Maintenance plans were also discussed in detail in the previous section. However, what is working behind the scenes? How do we automate some specific tasks? In this section, we will take a look at three types of objects that actually participate in automation:

  • Operators
  • Jobs
  • Alerts


One of the first tasks when setting up an automation environment is the enabling of Database Mail and mail profile creation. Although mail profiles can be used for regular emailing, their main purpose is to use emails for administrators' notifications about job results or when some alert is raised. SQL Server Agent does not notify directly to an email address; it uses a special object called an operator. The operator is a named address defining where to send notifications mainly about job results.

The address...