ALERT

[FREE DEMO] Deploy Your Enterprise Cloud in Minutes

SQL Agent

Definition - What does SQL Agent mean?

SQL agent, also known as SQL server agent, is a Microsoft SQL server relational database management system (RDBMS) background tool. SQL agent allows the database administrator (DBA) to schedule automated execution jobs, as well other management or value-added database tasks such as backups.

Techopedia explains SQL Agent

SQL agent is an integral part of Microsoft’s SQL Server. It runs as a windows service only and allows for the handling of a wide variety of tasks such as backup automation, database replication setup, job scheduling, user permissions and database monitoring.

These tasks do not necessarily have to be related to SQL Server. For example, a daily backup job may be created to use a database backup to call an external program (e.g., WinZip) to compress the backup file result, and then relocate the file by invoking the MOVE command.

SQL agent jobs are a series of steps that use a graphical user interface (GUI) wizard, allowing DBAs at every experience level to set up jobs comprised of a complex series of tasks. After setting up a job, the DBA can schedule an execution frequency; for example, it could be one-time only, daily, weekly or monthly.

Techopedia Deals

Connect with us

Techopedia on Linkedin
Techopedia on Linkedin
Tweat cdn.techopedia.com
"Techopedia" on Twitter


'@Techopedia'
Sign up for Techopedia's Free Newsletter!

Email Newsletter

Join thousands of others with our weekly newsletter

Resources
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems
The 4th Era of IT Infrastructure: Superconverged Systems:
Learn the benefits and limitations of the 3 generations of IT infrastructure – siloed, converged and hyperconverged – and discover how the 4th...
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization
Approaches and Benefits of Network Virtualization:
Businesses today aspire to achieve a software-defined datacenter (SDDC) to enhance business agility and reduce operational complexity. However, the...
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide
Free E-Book: Public Cloud Guide:
This white paper is for leaders of Operations, Engineering, or Infrastructure teams who are creating or executing an IT roadmap.
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor
Free Tool: Virtual Health Monitor:
Virtual Health Monitor is a free virtualization monitoring and reporting tool for VMware, Hyper-V, RHEV, and XenServer environments.
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic
Free 30 Day Trial – Turbonomic:
Turbonomic delivers an autonomic platform where virtual and cloud environments self-manage in real-time to assure application performance.