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Azure Automation Service

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Introduction
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SQL Agent Jobs
Azure Automation Service
Elastic Jobs
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Automated Tuning
Automated Patching
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DifficultyIntermediate
Duration1h 1m
Students61

Description

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.

If you have any feedback relating to this course, feel free to contact us at support@cloudacademy.com.

Learning Objectives

  • 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

Intended Audience

  • Data engineers
  • Database engineers
  • IT professionals or anyone looking to learn about automating tasks in Azure SQL and SQL server

Prerequisites

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

https://github.com/cloudacademy/azure-sql-task-automation-dp-300

Transcript

Azure automation service allows you to create and run scheduled tasks against any Azure resource. Tasks can be defined using a graphical interface or as a PowerShell script enabling the tasks to be as complex as needed. A job as an instance or a task being run or executed according to a predefined schedule.

In the context of automating tasks against Azure SQL. We are also interested in credentials for connecting to the server and database. Now, I just want to extend the example of important customer data that we looked at earlier with the SQL server job but executing a stored procedure on a schedule against an Azure SQL database. This will involve creating a runbook in an Azure automation service that contains a PowerShell script that will execute a stored procedure in a database. Let's have a look how we might do that.

About the Author
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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.