SQL Server health checks are important reviews of your environment to assess the performance, stability and availability of your SQL Server based systems. The goal is to isolate areas of improvement before any potential issues cost you time, money and headaches. It’s a good idea to do a health check before any maintenance or migration, and after any major problems are resolved.
Here are a few tips to help your organization with the health check process:
- Baseline your systems. Creating a baseline enables you to learn what the true expected values are for your indicators. There are generic best practice guidelines for most indicators, but each system and environment are different, so knowing what to expect for your particular instance is helpful.
- Check multiple layers of your system. The database itself is important, but it’s also important to review infrastructure, virtualization, operating system and the applications.
- Health checks should be proactive and recurring. Pick a schedule that works for your team. Stay ahead of any potential problems before they become problems.
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