SQL Server Agent is a Microsoft Windows service that allows a DBA to automate administrative tasks. SQL Server Agent can run jobs, monitor SQL Server, and process alerts. The SQL Server Agent service must be running before any jobs scheduled to execute automatically can be run
2020-02-19 (first published: 2011-02-17)
Examines the proxy subsystem, which allows job steps to impersonate another user account in order to perform tasks as a user other than the SQL Server Agent service account. This is especially useful when you want jobs to run as lower privileged users of your SQL Server.
2019-03-26 (first published: 2012-01-25)
How maintenance plans are used as SQL Server Agent jobs to automate standard system tasks. This article will also lay out some suggested jobs that should be on virtually all SQL Server systems.
2019-03-26 (first published: 2012-02-15)
Examines the scale-out capabilities of SQL Server Agent, using the MSX/TSX subsystem. This capability allows you to run jobs on multiple systems and consolidate the job results/history onto a single server.
2019-03-26 (first published: 2012-02-22)
SQL Server Agent jobs are made up of a series of one or more Job Steps. A job step is assigned to a specific job subsystem, which identifies the kind of work the job step is going to perform. Each job step runs in a separate security context, although each job also has an owner that determines who can modify the job.
2019-03-26 (first published: 2011-02-17)
How to be notified when a job succeeds or fails, or be notified when a SQL Server performance condition is met.
2019-03-26 (first published: 2011-06-29)
Examines the database mail system configuration in depth. You will learn how to configure database mail to work with SMTP mail systems, and get some troubleshooting tips.
2019-03-26 (first published: 2011-07-28)
How to interpret and configure the SQL Server Agent error logs. Critical information about SQL Server Agent is sent to this error log, so knowing how to find it and how to interpret information in the log will save you valuable troubleshooting time.
2019-03-26 (first published: 2011-08-19)
How to configure and optimize job steps. Topics such as process flow between steps, security, and more details of the job subsystems are examined.
2019-03-26 (first published: 2011-11-23)
The Job Activity Monitor is the system administration tool to run jobs, view job history, and enable/disable jobs. This article will also review some of the stored procedures run by the Job Activity Monitor that you can also use directly to do your own custom job monitoring.
2019-03-26 (first published: 2011-12-07)