Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Best Practices on Monitoring

1. Check OS Event Logs, SQL Server Logs, and Security Logs for unusual events.

2. Verify that all scheduled jobs have run successfully.

3. Confirm that backups have been made and successfully saved to a secure location.

4. Monitor disk space to ensure your SQL Servers won’t run out of disk space.

5. Throughout the day, periodically monitor performance using both System Monitor
and Profiler.

6. Use Enterprise Manager/Management Studio to monitor and identify blocking issues.

7. Keep a log of any changes you make to servers, including documentation of any performance issues you identify and correct.

8. Create SQL Server alerts to notify you of potential problems, and have them emailed to you. Take actions as needed.

9. Run the SQL Server Best Practices Analyzer on each of your server’s instances on a periodic basis.

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