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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Rediscovering SQL Server Agent Alerts...

Having moved from a Fortune 50 company using BMC Patrol for SQL Server Monitoring to a small software company of less than 200 people, I'm rediscovering SQL Server Agent Alerts.

Why might you ask? Because small companies can't afford expensive tools and need to use the out-of-the-box features as much as possible.

This past week, I rediscovered that you can alert on SQL Server performance conditions using SQL Server Agent. I needed to alert on database transaction log usage. 

How to create SQL Server Agent alerts can be found at the link below.

https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms180982.aspx

Under Options, I suggest you set a delay of 10 minutes. Unless you like to be spammed every minute when bad things happen.

I'm hoping it will provide enough notice to prevent an undesirable event from complicating my life.

Do this before your storage runs out of space on a holiday. ;-)