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Pro SQL Server Administration by Peter A Carter

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CHAPTER 21

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Automating Maintenance Routines

Automation is a critical part of database administration because it reduces the total cost of ownership (TCO) of the enterprise by allowing repeatable tasks to be carried out with little or no human intervention. SQL Server provides a rich set of functionality for automating routine DBA activity, including a scheduling engine, decision-tree logic, and a comprehensive security model. In this chapter, we discuss how you can harness SQL Server Agent, maintenance plans, and SSIS (SQL Server Integration Services) to reduce the maintenance burden on your time. We also look at how you can reduce effort by using ...

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