SQL Agent Jobs
Server & Policy Management
Recovery & Backup
Azure Automation Service
The course is part of this learning path
Whether you’re running SQL Server on-premise, in a VM, on a managed instance, or using Azure SQL, there is maintenance to be performed and other tasks that need to be executed on a regular basis. In this course, we will look at the options available to you in these various environments for automating maintenance and regularly repeated tasks.
SQL Server has a long history of task automation through SQL Server agent, not only will we see how to use it but also how it’s been adapted to carry out maintenance tasks, and how similar functionality has made it into Azure services. From mundane single-database scheduled backups through to task and performance automation across multiple servers, this course looks at on-premise and in-cloud options.
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- Maintain your databases and data through the use of maintenance plans and the SQL Server Maintenance Wizard
- Use SQL Agent Jobs to automate maintenance tasks
- Automate maintenance across multiple SQL servers
- Set up rules to enforce policies
- Back up your SQL Server instances using Azure Recovery Services Vault
- Learn about the Azure Automation Service and how it can be used
- Use Elastic Jobs to schedule tasks within the context of databases
- Manage database performance with Automated Tuning
- Manage database updates with Automated Patching
- Data engineers
- Database engineers
- IT professionals or anyone looking to learn about automating tasks in Azure SQL and SQL server
To get the most out of this course, you should have experience with SQL Server Management Studio, be familiar with reading and writing SQL, and have an understanding of basic database architecture and administration tasks, like indexes and backups.
Course Related SQL Scripts
When you are running SQL Server on an Azure virtual machine, you will need to manage Windows and SQL Server updates yourself. Azure does give you the ability to configure automatic Windows and SQL Server patching, when initially setting up the virtual machine within the portal.
Automatic patching involves setting up a maintenance window where you specify a day and a time with a duration, when critical and important updates can be installed. As these updates sometimes involve server restarts, it is up to you to specify when that will be of least impact on your operation.
Automated patching only applies to important and critical updates. All other updates or service packs that aren't critical, are to be applied manually at your own discretion. As with most Azure configuration, you can also implement automated patching, using a PowerShell script with the command, New-AzVMSqlServerAutoPatchingConfig, specifying the day of the week, the time of day and duration of patch window, plus the type or category of the patch.
Hallam is a software architect with over 20 years experience across a wide range of industries. He began his software career as a Delphi/Interbase disciple but changed his allegiance to Microsoft with its deep and broad ecosystem. While Hallam has designed and crafted custom software utilizing web, mobile and desktop technologies, good quality reliable data is the key to a successful solution. The challenge of quickly turning data into useful information for digestion by humans and machines has led Hallam to specialize in database design and process automation. Showing customers how leverage new technology to change and improve their business processes is one of the key drivers keeping Hallam coming back to the keyboard.