Health Checks for Windows Servers Services .

We are giving the services to treasury users as part of technical support perspective. We have got the list of Health checks that needs to be performed from our side for the better working of the application in our environment :

  1. All the Domain Controllers are up.
  2. Replication checkup for Domain Controller holding FSMO roles.
  3. Daily check on FSMO roles.
  4. Checking DNS server services are running.
  5. Check All DHCP Service are running
  6. Major Account lockout checking AD.
  7. Check all “Automatic Service” are running in AD , Fileserver and Print Servers
  8. Daily C Drive space checking for Primary Domain Controllers.
  9. “Daily C drive space checking for all Servers which have free space less than 5%.(except exchange servers)”
  10. “Checking major incidents and service requests which are in queue state in
    Service Now and work on them.”
  11. High CPU and Memory Utilization
  12. HP Harware Alerts
  13. Type B Server Issue
  14. DFSR_Status

We can understand the basic technologies involved in preparation of the environment. We are just finding out the way to keep the list of activities that  are monitored  on daily basis as a System support analyst.

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Managing Database Operations

We are working on database from quit long but we know very few things about the database operations managements. We will try to cover below topics in this exercise:

  1. Automating SQL server management
  • Working with SQL server Agent
  • Managing SQL server with Powershell
  1. Monitor SQL server
  2. SQL server Maintenance.


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Logs for review on windows server

We can check the logs of windows server using powershell command

Command : get-eventlog -logname System -EntryType Error

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Remote Administration from Powershell

We are managing 22 servers and we need to have lot of data analysis and every time we have to login on the server and apply some of the methods to understand the data and draw some results for business.

Today we need to connect to remote power shell from our machine .

  1. Windows Powershell ISE > New Remote Poweshell Tab 
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Exporting directory Listing to excel Sheet : Powershell

We need to move some of the files which are coming as bank statements from bottomline to accounting system and some times we need be aware about the duplicate of files. In this post we just want to use powershell to export the files list of a folder to a excel sheet.

  1.  Command : dir -recurse | out-file C:\MT940.xls
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Daily Technical Activities

We are just trying to go with full speed for learning in the month of June so that we can see the technical capacity with ourself . Today i thought to create the list of activities that we are doing on daily basis in the Application Support Profile :

  1. Morning Health Checks : SOX Checks
  2. Forecast uploads on database server
  3. Resolving user issue in case they are not able to access the application with network basic network test.
  4. Checking the webserver [ IIS issues ] for the users who are using the web version of the application.
  5. Database migration from PROD to QA or DEV system.
  6. Resolving performance issues for users or a user .
  7. Release management of the new version of the software in the current environment.
  8. Integrating the PROD system with other application through FTP and SFTP as per business requirement.
  9. Deploying SQL / Application patches provided by the vendor with testing on DEV and then PROD system with change management process.
  10. Creating and Updating the SOPs which are required for the project.
  11. Automating the manual tasks as per the CSI in the project.
  12. Creating Users in application and providing adding them to the group as required as per the role and responsibility.
  13. Resolving trade issue done by the front office user for completing the first phase.
  14. Resolving the confirmation messages to be sent to MiSYS for trade confirmation.
  15. Sending Payment MT101 messages to Swift with bottom line.
  16. Checking the MT940 errors for the files importing to production system and find the solution to resolve it.
  17. MonthEnd activities need to be completed at the end of every month.
  18. Report creation as required by the treasury users .
  19. Capacity checks on the servers as data grows every month on the server.
  20. Performing UAT of other application for integration testing.

We will keep adding the activities as per our job role.

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SQL Server Profiler 101

  • SQL Server  Profiler is a powerful tool that allows you to capture and analyse events, such as the execution of a stored procedure, occurring within SQL Server.
  • This information can be used to identify and troubleshoot many SQL Server-related problems.
  • basics of how Profiler works, its core terminology, and how to create and save basic Profiler traces.

One of the things that separate mediocre DBAs from exceptional ones is that exceptional DBAs know how to use the tools available to them effectively.

The SQL Server Profiler can help DBA’S:

• Monitor the activity of the:

  1. QL Server Database Engine
  2. Analysis Services -SSAS
  3. Integration Services -SSIS
  4. Reporting Services  -SSRS
  5. Monitor and identify performance-related problems with front-end application, queries,T-SQL, transactions, and much more
  6. Monitor and identify SQL Server errors and warning
  7. Audit user activity
  8. Analyse trace results by grouping or aggregating them
  9. Create your own custom traces, and save them, for use whenever you wish

We will also cover profiler terminology like:
• Events
• Data columns
• Filters

Also we will be working with traces and templates and learn:
• How to build custom traces from scratch
• How to Save Profiler traces to a SQL Server Table
• How to trace Analysis Services activity

After the end of this course , you will know why Profiler is such an essential tool in the DBA’s armoury, and will Understand

  1. how Profiler works
  2. Be familiar with core Profiler terminology, such as events, data columns, filters and traces
  3. Understand the permissions required to use Profiler and how to start up Profiler
  4. Be able to create and control basic Profiler traces and then save a completed trace to a file.
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