ByDr. SubraMANI Paramasivam

Configurations – Management Studio and sp_configure

Comparing these two there are far more configuration options available using sp_configure. sp_configure is nothing but a query run in a query window in a Management studio. But the server properties can be changed using this query and here are some of the examples.

Once sp_configure query is executed the following 16 options are displayed with its default values. By changing these values the advanced configurations can be set up here.


I will show the detailed options in my next post for most of them. Till then good luck on your search on my blog.

ByDr. SubraMANI Paramasivam

Create a new job from already existing job

You can create a brand new job by duplicating already existing job within the SQL Server instance. Open SSMS and then go down to SQL Server Agent and expand to see the JOBS and again expand to see all the available Jobs. From the below screen, I have chosen a maintenance plan job and then right click on it to see the available options on it and mouse over “Script Job as” and then further mouse over to “CREATE To” and then choose the relevant options for you. I would suggest to choose “New Query Editor Window” and this gives all the settings that is available for this job. You can choose this and rename wherever required and you can execute the same by creating a new job accordingly.


ByDr. SubraMANI Paramasivam

Automation of taking backup of all databases within single SQL Server instance

Below scripts will enable you to take backup of every single database except Model & TempDB databases, by using cursors on it. Strongle advise not to run this with very large databases or in OLTP environments where the systems are heavily used.


DECLARE @backupPath VARCHAR(256)
DECLARE @backupFileName VARCHAR(256)

SET @backupPath =

SELECT Name FROM sys.databases WHERE Name NOT IN (‘Model’,’TempDB’);
OPEN All_Backup_Cursor
FETCH NEXT FROM All_Backup_Cursor INTO @dbname
SET @backupFileName = @backupPath + @dbName
BACKUP DATABASE @dbName TO DISK = @backupFileName
FETCH NEXT FROM All_Backup_Cursor INTO @dbname
CLOSE All_Backup_Cursor
DEALLOCATE All_Backup_Cursor

ByDr. SubraMANI Paramasivam

Job Activity Monitor

After you have created your new job following this article, you can view all the new created jobs and monitor the health of the jobs like whether it succeeded or failed, how long it took to run, reasons if it has failed, what time it started and what time it completed, when is the next run scheduled, etc.,

Once you have opened your SSMS follow the JOBS section and you can see JOB ACTIVITY MONITOR once you expand it. Double click on this and you can find below screen, which gives overall status.


If you want to take further action on each job you can right click on any of the listed jobs and you will find more options on this like below screen. In this you have options to Start the job from any step level, stop the job, enable/disable the job, refresh to see the current job running status, delete the job, view the whole history of job run  and properties to further edit by opening the job itself.


ByDr. SubraMANI Paramasivam

Create new SQL Server Job

Whatever developments you have done, may require a job to get it scheduled to ensure the data is always up to date for your reporting purpose. The schedule to update the job is achieved using SQL SERVER AGENT JOBS. Below is the screenshot that shows how you can create a new job. Open SSMS and connect to your server and navigate down to SQL Server Agent and expand it. Here you will find jobs and right click on it to get a new menu and choose “New Job…”


After this a new pop-up screen appears and you need to key in your new job name. I am using below screenshot from one my colleague’s computer and hence you see a different name on it.


In the same pop-up you have to go step by step tab in the left side. Go to steps and then provide the path to your SSIS package, but in the below example, I am giving an option to run SQL Script. And then go to schedules tab and choose how frequent you want this job to run, like hourly / daily / weekly / monthly / quarterly / yearly.


ByDr. SubraMANI Paramasivam

Explore DMVs

You can explore DMV’s within SQL Server Management Studio. A sample picture is provided below.


Also you can right click on any DMV’s and then select top 1000 rows how you do like every other table in your local databases. Below image provides information on selecting DM_OS_BUFFER_DESCRIPTORS DMV.


ByDr. SubraMANI Paramasivam

Dynamic Management Views

Microsoft have released many DMV & DMF for every release of its new SQL Server release. This has helped every administrator and developers a VERY BIG HAND in sorting out many problems. The days in writing our own scripts are now over and these DMV’s also provide support for almost all areas no matter whether it is to do with sessions, tables, indexes, Operating system, I/O. All are now taken care. Below I am providing some of the DMV’s that might be helpful for you.

Execution Related

• sys.dm_exec_connections
• sys.dm_exec_sessions
• sys.dm_exec_requests
• sys.dm_exec_cached_plans
• sys.dm_exec_query_plans
• sys.dm_exec_sql_text
• sys.dm_exec_query_stats

Index Related

• sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats
• sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats
• sys.dm_db_index_operational_stats
• sys.dm_db_missing_index_details
• sys.dm_db_missing_index_groups
• sys.dm_db_missing_index_group_stats
• sys.dm_db_missing_index_columns

SQL Server Operating System

• sys.dm_os_performance_counters
• sys.dm_os_schedulers
• sys.dm_os_nodes
• sys.dm_os_waiting_tasks
• sys.dm_os_wait_stats

I/O Related

• sys.dm_io_virtual_file_stats
• sys.dm_io_pending_io_requests
• sys.dm_io_cluster_shared_drives

ByDr. SubraMANI Paramasivam

Change Database Recovery Model

In this post, I am going to provide a simple demo on how to change the Database Recovery Model. For this example I have chosen the AdventureWorkdDW2008R2 database and you can download it from here.

Once you have opened your SQL Server Management Studio, expand the databases and right click on our AdventureWorkdDW2008R2 database and choose properties. The below image will appear. In here go to the Options tab from the left and then you can see “Recovery Model” options which has Full, Bulk-logged, Simple. You can simply select the required recovery model and click on OK button at the bottom of the pop-up box. That’s it, your recovery model will be changed.