Managing Servers

Server management in Microsoft SQL Server comprises a wide variety of administration tasks.

In most cases, you do not need to reconfigure the server. The default settings for the server components allow you to run SQL Server immediately after it is installed. However, server management is necessary when you want to add new servers, set up special server configurations, change the network connections, or set server configuration options to improve SQL Server performance.

Registering Servers

Contains information about registering the SQL Server Database Service.

Concurrent Administrative Operations

Covers administrative operations that can be performed concurrently.

Using a Dedicated Administrator Connection

Describes making emergency connections.

Linking Servers

Contains information about configuring servers to exchange data through linked server connections. Linked servers allow you to execute distributed queries and distributed transactions on OLE DB data sources across an enterprise.

Configuring Remote Servers

Contains information about configuring servers to exchange data through remote server connections. Remote servers allow you to use one instance of SQL Server to execute a stored procedure residing on another instance of SQL Server.

Configuring SQL Mail, Database Mail, SQL Server Agent Mail

Contains information about using SQL Server to send and receive e-mail messages.

Setting Server Configuration Options

Contains information about advanced server configuration options for optimizing performance under specialized conditions.

Using Warm Standby Servers

Contains the steps to bring a standby server online.

Managing Metadata When Making a Database Available on Another Server Instance

Contains information about how to manage metadata when you use database mirroring, log shipping, or move a database to another instance of SQL Server.