As part of the planning and research before implementing new SQL Server, you must determine the amount of space needed for your database and how it should be organized in the SQL Server. You also need to understand the properties of the database and how to manage the growth of the database after creating a database.
You can send e-mail from within stored procedures, functions, and triggers by using SQL Server Database Mail. You can also configure SQL Server Agent Mail to use Database Mail. Some features of Database Mail include:
- Uses Simple Mail Transport Protocol (SMTP)
- Does not require Outlook or Extended Messaging Application Programming Interface (MAPI) support
- Can use multiple SMTP servers
- Can be used in a cluster server configuration
- Supports asynchronous background delivery
- Supports multiple profiles and accounts
- Supports security features, included prohibited file extensions, a limit on attachment size, and auditing
- Allows you to send messages formatted in HTML
Management tools play a vital role in enterprise database management. This is because the well-integrated tools extend the administrator’s capabilities, whereas a random collection of tools can lead to confusion, operational mistakes, high training costs, and poor DBA productivity. To keep up with these demands of complex enterprise database management solutions, SQL Server 2014 includes updated management tools to make it easier for administrators to create, manage, and maintain SQL Server solutions.
To optimize the performance of your database, you need to monitor and tune. You determine the performance baseline, how SQL Server is currently performing, through monitoring. Your optimization process includes making changes and then monitoring their effect. This means adjusting two overlapping performance areas, that is, database server performance and query performance.
SQL Server databases are the backbone of many enterprise applications, and good Transact-SQL (T-SQL) code is the best way to maximize SQL Server performance. Therefore, it is important for SQL developers to follow T-SQL best practices and guidelines when writing code. This article highlights some common T-SQL best practices to help ensure reliable, robust and efficient SQL code.
Microsoft Windows Azure SQL Database, commonly known as SQL Azure, is a relational database in the cloud that is part of the Windows Azure platform. Although Windows Azure SQL Database is built on the SQL Server platform, there are differences you should consider when performing an Azure SQL Database migration.
A critical part of database design and management is index design. Index design involves balancing space requirements and the resource overhead required to keep indexes up-to-date compared to the performance improvements resulting from the indexes. You can either use dynamic management functions (DMFs) and views (DMVs) or Database Engine Tuning Advisor to identify index needs based representative server activity.