Practical Maintenance Plans in SQL Server

Automation for the DBA

  • Bradley Beard

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About this book


This book is a complete guide to setting up and maintaining maintenance plans for SQL Server Database Administrators. Maintenance plans too often consist of a backup task and that’s it, but there is so much more that can and must be done to ensure the integrity of your most important company resource – the data you are tasked to manage and safeguard. This book walks even the newest of users through creating a powerful, automated maintenance plan.

Automate your job using SQL Server Agent to leverage the power of Maintenance Plans to deliver real, proactive solutions to common issues. Schedule common tasks such as backups and index rebuilds to run automatically, and get early-warning notifications of impending problems relating to resource usage and query performance. By the time your boss knows to call you about a problem, you’ll have already called him to describe your solution.

The large majority of books never really cover the topic of inheriting a database server with multiple live databases; the common thread is that the databases will be created and maintained by the reader forever and ever. In the real world, that scenario rarely happens. Practical Maintenance Plans in SQL Server covers that scenario and provides you with the knowledge and tools needed to get comfortable writing your own maintenance plans for any SQL Server database, whether created by you or inherited.

  • Shows the different tasks that can be run in a maintenance plan.
  • Explains how and why those tasks can be implemented.
  • Provides a roadmap to creating your own custom maintenance plan.   


Maintenance Plan Backup Automation Data Integrity SQL Server Agent

Authors and affiliations

  • Bradley Beard
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  1. 1.Palm BayUSA

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