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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…

Unspecified Error in Microsoft Access Data Engine...

While trying to access Excel 2007 file using SSIS Excel Source component, I got an error in the Microsoft Access Data Engine as Unspecified Error. I was using SQL Server Business Development Studio 2008. I got this error trying to get the Sheets in the excel file after creating the connection.

I tried to find the reason and the solution for this issue and able to find a helpful blog.
http://ddkonline.blogspot.com/2010/08/ssis-2008-unspecified-error-and-could.html

According to that post the this is related to the driver issue. After following that post I was able to fix is by re-installing the driver in the below link.
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=7554f536-8c28-4598-9b72-ef94e038c891&displaylang=en

After the installation completes, the issue will be fixed. If you already opened the Business Development Studio project, just close it and re-open it.

How to show column headers on all pages in SSRS Report

If a report contains several pages it will be useful to have column headers on each page. In tablix properties we have options as Repeat header columns on each page as shown in below figure.

But even though we put a tick on that property, sometimes it is not applied and and column header are not repeated in other pages. This is really confusing and I found useful link in the internet.
https://connect.microsoft.com/SQLServer/feedback/details/337720/katmai-reporting-services-2008-tablix-control-repeat-column-headers-does-not-work
It mentions the work around as well the reasons that may cause for it.

Work around is Select the Tablix that you want to repeat column headers for by clicking on it.At the bottom of the screen, find the "Row Groups" and "Column Groups" section.Click the small drop-down-arrow on the right side of that section. In the "Row Groups" section, locate the top-outermost "static" row and click on it. In the properties pane, you need …