How to set up mail notification for SQL Server job failures

When we set up SQL Server Job, its is a very common requirement ‘need to get email notification once Job is failed’. It’s not difficult, just need few clicks in SQL Server Management Studio to implement this requirement.

Overview Steps

  1. Configure Database Mail.
  2. Set up SQL Server Agent Alert System .
  3. Create an Operator.
  4. Set up SQL Server job notifications

Configuring Database Mail

Open SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS), expand Management and right-click on Database Mail and then click Configure Database Mail.

SQL Server Management Studio
Database Mail Configuration Wizard

Select “Set up Database Mail by performing the following tasks” and Click Next.

Click Yes and then click Next if mail hasn’t been configured yet.

Give the New Profile a name and then click Add.

create new profile

Fill in the correct SMTP information as below

click Next

New Profile

Check the option to make the new profile Public. If the profile isn’t set to Public

Manage Profile Security

Review the System Parameters , please keep the default settings if your are not sure how to adjust them. Click Next and Finish the Mail set up.

Configure system parameters

You should see that each Action was completed and has a Status of Success. Click Close.

Configuration Complete Test

Set up SQL Server Agent Alert System

Right-click SQL Server Agent and select Properties.

SQL Server Agent Properties

Click on Alert System

· Under Mail session, select the option to Enable mail profile. Ensure the correct Mail profile is selected.

· Under Token replacement, enable Replace tokens for all job responses to alerts.

Click OK. Restart the SQL Server Agent service.

Create an Operator

Under the SQL Server Agent, right-click Operators and select New Operator…

SQL Server Agent Operator

Type in the recipient email address in the E-mail name and click OK.

Set up SQL Server job notifications

Expand SQL Server Agent and click on Jobs. Find the job you want to change, right click it and select Properties.

Under Select a page, select Notifications. Enable the first option, E-mail. Then select the Operator we just created and change the job to email When the job fails. Click OK.

SSIS Catalog Migrate

Install ‘ SSIS Catalog Migration Wizard ‘ from Visual Studio Marketplace

Once Installation is done, we can find ‘SSIS Cataloger’ under ‘Tools’ menu

Choose Source

Choose Target

Choose SSIS Catalog folders to Migrate

Migration is done

How To Get Day Of Week In SQL Server?

SQL Server has a couple of inbuilt functions to get the day of week from the given date. To get the name of the day of week, you can use DATENAME function and to get the number of the day of week, you can use DATEPART function.


/* Result */

/* Result */

By default, SQL server always uses Sunday as the first day of the week. You can use SET DATEFIRST 1 to set Monday as the first day of the week.

SQL SERVER How to deleting big volume of data from very huge table


We one of very huge database which running out of server disk space. I was asked to remove millions of historical data from some huge table. When I try to run DELETE with where condition directly, I got two problems. Firstly, whole table blocked for long time (long then 12 hours). Secondly, after run DELETE the ldf Database log file increased exponentially and the script ending with error because disk is full.


Base on the server’s situation, we may using different way to solve this issue.

1. We just want to Deleting All the data from the table then the best option will be Truncate table directly, as below:

TRUNCATE TABLE huge_history_table

This TRUNCATE TABLE command will remove all rows from a table, without logging the individual row deletions. TRUNCATE TABLE is similar to the DELETE statement with no WHERE clause; however, TRUNCATE TABLE is faster and uses fewer system and transaction log resources.

2. We want to deleting more than 80-90 Percent of the data from the huge table and this table can be offline for short period. We can using SELECT INTO script to move the data (data need to keep) to another staging table. Then Truncate this Large table and Insert back the staging data. as below:

SELECT * INTO staging_table
FROM huge_table
WHERE create_date>’DateAdd(month, -1, Convert(datetime, GetDate()))’


INSERT INTO huge_table (column_name)
SELECT column_name
FROM staging_table

3. One last option I can think of is to change your database’s Recovery Mode to SIMPLE and then delete rows in smaller batches using a while loop something like this. We want to delete large historical data from the table, the table need to be accessed by system 24×7 and cannot find a time take if offline. Then we delete rows in smaller batches using a while loop something as below:

DECLARE @Deleted_Rows INT;
SET @Deleted_Rows = 1;

WHILE (@Deleted_Rows > 0)
— Delete some small number of rows at a time
DELETE TOP (10000) LargeTable
WHERE create_date<‘DateAdd(month, -1, Convert(datetime, GetDate()))’

SET @Deleted_Rows = @@ROWCOUNT;

PowerShell : How to replace string in files


How can we replace text in multiple files and folders quickly if folder name and file name are dynamically change.


Using PowerShell built-in cmdlets we can easily read and replace any kind of content inside of a text file.

First, we can using Get-ChildItem to get all the files. Because the folder name and file name are dynamical then need to use wildcard in the path as below:

$files = Get-ChildItem ‘D:\test\*\files**.txt’ -Recurse

Then we need to loop the $files to get then content for each file and replace.

$files | %{
(gc $_ -Encoding UTF8) -replace ‘test’,” | Set-Content $_.fullname -Encoding UTF8

Why left join not returning nulls?


I am trying to get all products and category name if category is still active with below left join script. But I cannot get production information if category is not active. What’s wrong with this left join script?

from products p
left join categories c on p.categoryid = c.categoryid
where c.isactive = 1 or c.isactive is null


To find out what’s the issue of this script have, we need to understand order of a SQL query. In the script above we used SELECT, FROM, LEFT JOIN and WHERE

  1. FROM and JOIN: The FROM clause, and subsequent JOINs are first executed to determine the total working set of data that is being queried
  2. WHERE: Once we have the total working set of data, the WHERE constraints are applied to the individual rows, and rows that do not satisfy the constraint are discarded.
  3. SELECT: Any expressions in the SELECT part of the query are finally computed.

The WHERE clause is execution after the ON clause. which means the predicates in the ON clause are applied to the table before the join, WHERE clause is semantically applied to the result of the join.

So below script will get all the data from product table and will keep categories data as null if cannot find category.

from products p
left join categories c on p.categoryid = c.categoryid

WHERE clause is applied to the JOIN result which will remove products result if category missing.

where c.isactive = 1 or c.isactive is null


if we want to get all product information even if categories is missing or is not active, we need to changed the WHERE clause to ON clause as below:

from products p
left join categories c on p.categoryid = c.categoryid
and (c.isactive = 1 or c.isactive is null )

SSIS Converting date to YYYYMMDD

SSIS Expression format date to YYYYMMDD

Mostly, when we create an auto file creation SSIS package we want to have timestamp in file name. To achieve this purpose, we can simply use below SSIS Expression to produce file name with current timestamp.

+ (DT_STR, 4, 1252) DATEPART(“yyyy” , GETDATE())
+ RIGHT(“0” + (DT_STR, 2, 1252) DATEPART(“mm” , GETDATE()), 2)
+ RIGHT(“0” + (DT_STR, 2, 1252) DATEPART(“dd” , GETDATE()), 2)
+ “.csv”

SSIS Expression format YYYYMMDD to Date

+ “-” + SUBSTRING(@[yourDateAsStr],5,2)
+ “-” + SUBSTRING(@[yourDateAsStr],7,2))

Set SSIS Expression to format File Connection Manager Property

Powershell copy or move files from multiple folder to another folder

In the daily data processing task, we always need to copy or move files from multiple source place to one destination folder. In this blog, I’ll show you how to do those task quickly and easily via PowerShell.

Sample Code

I am using below code to move all csv files under Archives folder to Source folder. Archives folder has more than thousands sub-folders.

get-childitempath e:\archives\*.csv -recurse | move-item -destination d:\source


Get-ChildItem by default only can get the items in one or more specified folder, to perform sub-folders copy and move , we need to user parameter -recurse .

Pip the result

To perform loop copy or move, we need to pipe (|) the recurse result first, then we can use move-item and copy-item cmdlets to do copy or move.

RDP unable to connect Azure server

This week I have been having trouble connecting to my Azure server via RDP. I keep getting below errors:

-The number of connections to this computer is limited and all connections are in use right now.

I can connect to server if I changed inbound security rule to allowed my IP address only. But I cannot use white IP list inbound rule as I don’t have static IP.

Then I did some deep investigation and try to tracking failed logon information from system event.

I checked Event Viewer -> Windows Logs -> Security there are lots of Audit Failure event looks like below:

But as you see, it is completely useless. I only can guess their are some attackers tried to logon with a username of Administrator and the Logon Type is set to 3 (generic network logon), and there is no Source Network Address recorded.

But in Event Viewer -> Applications and Services Logs -> Microsoft -> Windows -> RemoteDesktopServices-RDPCoreTS I found lots of below warnings:

In Windows Server 2012 and later version, if an attacker attempts to logon but fails to do so AND uses a username that DOES NOT EXIST on the targeted RDS host or domain that the host is a member of, Event ID 140 is logged, showing you the source IP of the attacker.

I added this IP to Azure blocked IP list then issue is fixed.

SQL server nchar and nvarchar size

This blog I will show you a very trick issue thing a bout nchar and nvarchar actual size and storage size.


When I use sp_help to check the table property. I got below result:

which shows length 100

but when I using SSMS to check the column size, it shows nvarchar(50)

so what’s the different between sp_help and SSMS design view?


I checked sp_help , it is get the max length field from sys.all_columns. In Microsoft document website, it mentioned maximum length (in bytes) of the column.

But we know nchar and nvarchar, the storage size is two times n bytes (n is the actual number of characters ). so this explained, sp_help is not real character size, it is the storage size in bytes. But SSMS design view is using real character size.

For details you can check Microsoft article nchar and nvarchar and sys.all_columns