[Video] Free DBA Training Month: Setting Up Alerts and Ola’s Scripts

While you’re stuck inside wondering if you’ll ever be able to attend a user group meeting again, I’m giving you free access to training materials that your boss probably wouldn’t have been nice enough to buy you anyway. So far this week, we’ve covered DBCC CHECKDB, and today let’s talk about restores. Don’t dilly-dally on these though: these blog posts will be online during May only, and they’ll disappear on June 1.

Setting Up Ola Hallengren’s Maintenance Scripts (34m)

Ola Hallengren’s Maintenance Solution is the most popular free, open-source script for backups, corruption checking, and index maintenance. Maintenance plans are better than nothing, but Ola’s stuff is better than maintenance plans. Here’s how to set them up:


Sending Emails with Database Mail (10m)

You’ve got mail! It’s from your SQL Server. There’s corruption. You don’t wanna use database mail to send greeting cards, but you definitely wanna get alerted when all hell breaks loose – especially if you’ve got your monitoring software’s alert emails set up to go into a folder you never read.


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Tomorrow, we’ll cover how to prep for restoring to recover from an “oops!” delete.

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