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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…

How to sub string a string value using a character value in SSRS

In a report you may want to get a part of a string value by considering a character or characters.
Such a situation we have to use Mid and InStr functions.

Assume that the Description filed value contains "/".
If we want to get the string before that "/", we can use the below expression in the report text box field.

1: Mid(Fields!Description.Value,1,InStr(Fields!Description.Value,"/")-1)
InStr function provides at which location that the "/' character exists.
You can get the last part after the "/" character by using the below expression

1: Mid(Fields!Description.Value,InStr(Fields!Description.Value,"/")+1,Len(Fields!Description.Value))