A SQL Server administrator can create stored procedures that are marked for execution automatically whenever SQL Server starts. They are often referred to as startup procedures. Startup procedures are useful for performing housekeeping-type tasks or starting up a background process when SQL Server starts. Some possible uses for startup procedures include the following:
• Automatically perform system or maintenance tasks in
tempdb, such as creating a global temporary table.
• Enable custom SQL Server Profiler traces automatically whenever SQL Server is running. (For more information on SQL Server Profiler traces, see Chapter 6.)
• Automatically start other external processes on the SQL Server machine, using
xp_cmdshell. (Using ...