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Email Alerts are not received...

In one of application, Email alerts are sent using SQL sp_send_dbmail stored procedure. Email alerts were working properly, but suddenly noticed email alerts are not received.

To troubleshoot the issue, first I checked the msdb.dbo.sysmail_event_log table using the below query.

SELECT log_id, event_type, log_date, description, process_id, mailitem_id, account_id, last_mod_date, last_mod_user
FROM
msdb.dbo.sysmail_event_log 
ORDER BY
log_date DESC

If there is any error, you should see records with the event_type value as error.
In my case there are records with event_type value as error, and the description value for those records is same as below

The mail could not be sent to the recipients because of the mail server failure. (Sending Mail using Account 3 (2018-02-01T10:41:27). Exception Message: Cannot send mails to mail server. (The SMTP server requires a secure connection or the client was not authenticated. The server response was: Authentication required).  )

As per the error descript…

Adding Horizontal Gauges for SQL Server 2008 Reports

  • First add a matrix to the report
  • Then delete the row group and add rows as required
  • After that open the column group property box and add the below expression to the "Group On" under general tab
=RowNumber(Nothing)

  • Then add the values to the data row cells
  • After that add a list to the design
  • For the List get the Row Groups property window and add the below expression
=Ceiling(RowNumber(Nothing)/3)

  • Then change the "Nothing" in the column group properties to the Name of the Row group of the List
  • Then drag the matrix inside to the List
  • That's all. You will get the 3 Gauges for each row.

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