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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…

Split first word from a field in SQL table

We can use SUBSTRING and CHARINDEX functions to split the first word from a value in SQL.
As an example, if there is a field as FullName in UserInfo table and if we want to get the first word of it, then we can use the below query to get it.

1:SELECT FullName , SUBSTRING( FullName ,0,CHARINDEX(' ',Name+' ',0)) AS FirstName 2:FROM dbo.UserInfo
In the CHARINDEX function I added ' ' to it, because otherwise it will return null if the FullName value only has a single word.