March 07, 2012

Creating Maintenance Plans in SQL Server 2008 R2


One of the repetitive task that DBA need to perform is create maintenance plan for database. Maintenance plans enables you to automate maintenance activities for a database, backups, db integrity checks and index maintenance tasks. We can easily create a maintenance plan using a wizard in sql server 2008 R2.


You can use the following steps to create a maintenance plan
1. Select the Maintenance Plan Wizard from the context menu  as shown below
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2. You can specify a name and description for the plan and select the desired scheduling options
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3. Select next to see the maintenance tasks that you want to perform
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4. Select the Maintenance tasks order
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5. Select the database for the backup task.
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5. Select the reporting option for the plan like write log to a specific location or send an email or both.
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7. You can see the created maintenance plan in object explorer
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when you double click the Backup Plan from above window, you can get the designer
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