SQL Sentry Event Manager

Are you a DBA in today’s
market with limited time to perform maintenance? Do you have multiple SQL
Servers you must monitor on a daily basis?

As a DBA in today’s 24×7
world, managing multiple SQL Servers can be quite a challenge. Having an
arsenal of tools by your side that can help you save time is a must.
Fortunately, a tool is available on the market to help take some of the stress
out of your life.

The SQL Sentry Event Manager
provides you with a tool that enables you to manage all of your SQL Server jobs
across your entire infrastructure from one single point of entry. The tool is
easy-to-use and provides you an interface similar to Microsoft Outlook.

From one single point of
entry you can compile a host of information about your SQL Servers such as long
running events, schedule collisions, invalid jobs, and failed jobs throughout
your enterprise. By enabling you, (the DBA) to see these features all in one
place, you can devote much of your time to other revenue generating areas
instead of the cost center of administration.

According to Rick Shonak, Sr.
Database Administrator, Blue Cod Technologies, “We needed closer monitoring and
management of our self-scripted SQL Server log shipping solution.  (As an ASP
many of our customers are only licensed for SQL Server Std.)   
This can be a challenging process to implement and keep running smoothly. The
event chaining functionality in SQL Sentry Event Manager provided a great
solution to easily manage this process.”

With this tool, you can
easily discover problems with your SQL Server agent jobs and fix them by simply
using a drag-and-drop mouse method. Scheduling jobs in SQL Server has never
been easier.

"I save at least an hour
a day without the chore of checking SQL Server jobs. More importantly, I now
have great peace of mind. If there are no email alerts, there are no problems.
Event Manager is simple to use and dependable. What a great product and I
should also mention great tech support as well,” says Victor Simms of Burger
King Corporation.

SQL Sentry Event Manager can
provide you with the following:

  • Provides Outlook style visibility
    across multiple scheduling platforms in one centralized view.
  • Provides automated response to
    over 90 conditions including Reporting Services Report failures, and Event
    Output Text Matching.
  • Allows you to chain events across
    platforms without the use of agents or even modification of events on the
    target servers.
  • Provides pinpoint performance data
    automated to SQL Job or Windows Task Execution.
  • Allows you to create customized
    calendar views of specific events such as replication, log shipping, or backups
    across multiple servers
  • Provides complete runtime details
    for any job or task including error messages with a single click.
  • Provides step level details for
    DTS or SSIS packages as well as multistep jobs with a single click.
  • Allows you to pin notes to any
    monitored event, which can also be included in any email notifications.
  • Allows queuing of jobs to ensure
    higher priority jobs do not compete for resources with quickly recurring jobs
    on the same server
  • Flexible architecture allows for
    easy deployment to monitor geographically dispersed and/or multi-domain
    environments from one console.

According to Kevin Loney,
Oracle Press author of the Oracle 10g DBA Handbook, "SQL Sentry Event
Manager enables a busy DBA to do things that were almost impossible just
yesterday. Automating a logical workflow between SQL Server and Oracle jobs is
an amazing feature and critical time saver. Event Manger’s intuitive interface
provides insight over all scheduled database events whether SQL Server or
Oracle, with the granular control that DBA’s often dream of."

You currently have the option
of purchasing Standard or Enterprise editions of SQL Sentry Event Manager. The
software is licenses per instance monitored. For more information, please see
their web site.

"Everyone who sits near
me is tired of hearing me say ‘COOL!’ as I learn more and more about what Event
Manager does. And to think – all I was really looking for was a SQL Server job
calendar. What I got was the calendar AND a crystal ball! Not only can I see
that some jobs are overlapping with others, I can see which ones WILL overlap
in the future. But I think my favorite feature is getting emails if someone
else creates a job without seeing what’s already scheduled. If anyone asks for
a reference, I’ll happily tell them how much better my day is now that I’m
using Event Manager,” says Kim Raburn, President, Open Systems Consulting.

“SQL Sentry, Inc.
delivers database software products that enable database administrators to gain
unprecedented visibility and control over their enterprise. Many of the world’s
largest corporations find SQL Sentry products to be crucial for optimizing the
performance of their database servers as well as their DBA teams. Headquartered
in the suburbs of Charlotte, North Carolina, SQL Sentry products are sold and
supported directly and through authorized resellers and partners around the globe.
More information is available at www.sqlsentry.net.”


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Steven S. Warren

Steven Warren
Steven Warren
Steven S. Warren is a popular author residing in Winter Haven, Florida with his wife Danna and 2 children: Catie-Charlotte and Dain. As a columnist on such well-known IT web sites as Techrepublic.com, CNET, and ZDNET, Steven has published numerous articles. Additionally, Steven holds the following certifications: MCDBA, MCSE, MCSA, CCA, CIW-SA, CIW-MA, Network+, and I-Net+. As a Senior Technical Consultant for The Ultimate Software Group, Steven has become an expert at administering Microsoft networks including Microsoft SQL Server. He is also a computer hardware and troubleshooting expert, and is constantly seeking out new technologies and certifications. Additionally, Microsoft recently awarded him the Most Valuable Professional (MVP) award for his outstanding achievements. Steven resides in Winter Haven, Fl.

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