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My name is Kenneth Fisher and I am Senior DBA for a large (multi-national) insurance company. I have been working with databases for over 20 years starting with Clarion and Foxpro. I’ve been working with SQL Server for 12 years but have only really started “studying” the subject for the last 3. I don’t have any real "specialities" but I enjoy trouble shooting and teaching. Thus far I’ve earned by MCITP Database Administrator 2008, MCTS Database Administrator 2005, and MCTS Database Developer 2008. I’m currently studying for my MCITP Database Developer 2008 and should start in on the 2012 exams next year. My blog is at www.sqlstudies.com.

DBMail on a cluster

I’ve always found clusters a pain in the neck.  For my latest pain I just spent the last 2 days debugging DBMail on an instance on a cluster.  To the best of my ability everything appeared set up correctly but when I tried a test email it wouldn’t send.  The log showed “Successful Activation” but in sysmail_allitems all I saw was “unsent” for the emails.  To shorten a long story if you have a clustered environment and your instance isn’t using port 1433 you have to create a local TCPIP alias for the instance using the correct IP address.

 What a pain!


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