Configure a SQL Server Agent Operator

SQL Server Agent operators are used by SQL Server Agent to send notifications about events as they happen. Typically, this would include notifications that a SQL Server Agent Job failed during execution. You might also…

How to Corrupt a Database

Microsoft goes to great lengths to ensure data integrity remains its paramount concern with SQL Server data. After all, ACID compliance doesn’t mean much if the underlying data is corrupt. Having said that, there are…

Automating Alerts

SQL Server Agent provides a great mechanism for sending alerts via email in response to various events. Once you’ve setup Database Mail, and configured a SQL Server Agent Operator, you should add alerts for severe…

Setup Database Mail

SQL Server includes a great feature known as Database Mail. This post provides a quick script showing how to setup Database Mail without requiring you to click through a cumbersome user interface. The first part…

suspect_pages

When SQL Server detects corruption in a database, it reports that corruption immediately to the client who requested the data. But did you know SQL Server also stores the details about which pages have experienced…

Msg 824, Level 24, State 2, SQL Server detected a logical consistency-based I/O error: invalid protection option

Data in SQL Server is stored in 8KB pages, both in memory and on-disk. Corruption in those pages are detected using one of several different methods, configurable at the database level. The best option, and…