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I'm trying to export a simple maintenance plan from an SQL Server instance.

I want to check the export into source control, and apply the exported maintenance plan to functionally identical instances.

StackOverflow and SQL Server Newbie recommend using Integration Services to export the maintenance plan.

When I try to connect to Integration Services on the Export target, I receive the following error:

Connecting to the Integration Services service on the computer "WEBSERVER" failed with the following error: The specified service does not exist as an installed service.

We chose to disable Integration Services on WEBSERVER because we use this box only for serving data to consumer applications. All data on WEBSERVER is replicated from a backend instance. Integration Services is used heavily for processing data on the backend instance.

Is there a documented way to export a maintenance plan without using Integration Services? Does Microsoft support it?

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Maintenance plans are stored in msdb.dbo.sysssispackages like any other SSIS packages that are stored to SQL Server. I have a handy post on SSIS Package Extract from MSDB that should cure what ails you.

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Thanks. I'll try this when I get back to the office. –  Iain Elder May 11 '12 at 18:54

Check this link Maintenance Plans from One Server to other

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Please expand on this answer. Link-only answers aren't helpful and are prone to linkrot, which will make them useless. –  JNK Jan 28 '13 at 13:41
How is the referenced article related to the question asked? The method described there requires SSIS to be installed and running –  Fulproof Nov 14 '13 at 21:42

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