In the context of a database, maintenance describes routine operational tasks around a database system, such as monitoring, tuning and backup procedures.

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SQL Server Checklists

Following up from my other question, I would like to start thinking about what I should take a look at on daily/weekly/monthly bases in terms of alerts. I am hoping to be able to see problems coming ...
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What does a best-practice SQL Server maintenance plan look like? [closed]

I am a student from Fontys University in Eindhoven, and I am currently carrying out a series of interviews to help with the development of a SQL Server tool and I would like to get feedback from the ...
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When should I rebuild indexes?

When should I rebuild the indexes in my relational database (e.g. SQL Server)? Is there a case for rebuilding indexes on a regular basis?
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No Maintenance Plans Folder in SQL Studio 2008 R2 [closed]

A client has SQL Server 2008 R2 installed on a Windows 2003 R2 32-bit server. Under Management in SQL Studio 2008 R2, there is no maintenance plans folder. It is not under Management --> Legacy ...
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What are best practices for safely permanently deleting a database?

We have an "organic" environment, meaning people piled code on code for ten years with minimal oversight or documentation. The server I use has several databases which I believe are no longer being ...
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In MS SQL how do I find out what tables have not been queried or updated in a long time?

I'm maintaining a database that is being shared by a few systems. Over the years a few of those systems have been deprecated and lots of the tables are actually orphaned. Is there a query I can run to ...
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Sql Server Maintenance Plan - Best Practices on Tasks and Scheduling

I am tasked with devising a maintenance plan for our Sql Server 2005 databases. I know for backups I want to do a daily full database backup and transactional log backups every 15 minutes. My problem ...
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Location of Maintenance Plan's Back Up Database Tasks information (SQL Server 2005)

I would like to know where in the database or on the file system the information about Back Up Database Task in the Maintenance Plans Tasks. I can find the Job in msdb.dbo.sysjobs I can find the ...
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How to ensure that SQL Jobs run in the correct order within a minimal maintenance window?

From this question I learned about a script which creates jobs for backing up databases, checking database integrity, optimizing indexes, and cleaning files. According to the documentation, this ...
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Should I create a maintenance plan for my database or use jobs?

I tried creating a Maintenance Plan on my SQL Server 2008 database and was impressed by some of the things that are available out of the box. However, after it was created, it seemed difficult to ...
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maintenance plan executing by agent

I have a built-in, regular maintenance plan scheduled to run weekly. The databases are SharePoint databases and a snap manager (netapp snap manager) backs up these databases. The rebuild ...
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SQL Server 2005 Huge DB issue

My DB files are growing very fast ( designer is not me and just a weekly report makes 7 GB growth ). And finally, I don't have enough space in the disk. And number of un-reported weeks counting up. ...
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How to check that stored procedure is valid

As we know, it is possible to compile and to have so stored procedures: CREATE PROC dbo.MyProc1 AS SELECT * FROM Not_Exists_Or_Removed_Table or CREATE PROC dbo.MyProc2 AS SELECT Id ...
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tsql: table data size won't shrink after large row deletion

i have a table with 12 months+ data in it. I backup the table then delete all rows keeping only rows inserted in the last month. But the table size won't shrink, nor the underlying physical file. ...
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Breaking and Restoring a mirror

I have to do some maintenance on a secondary node of a mirror. Since this is the result of the site becoming slow while the mirror re-established after a brief network outage I want to be safe and ...
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SQL Server Index Fragmentation

When should you rebuild an index? vs reorganize? What index fragmentation value is considered healthy?
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Task scheduler for SQL Server Express

I have an ASP.NET MVC app which works with database under SQL Server 2008 R2 Express edition. There is a need to perform a regular task on updating some records in the database. Unfortunately the ...
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SQL 2005: Can we determine how much the rebuild index maintenance job can grow database log files?

On SQL server 2005, if all the databases are in Full mode (with hourly transaction log backups), is it possible to determine if rebuilding all indexes of a database can grow log file of a database? ...
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Should I be regularly shrinking my DB or at least my log file?

My question is, should I be running one or both of the shrink command regularly, DBCC SHRINKDATABASE OR DBCC SHRINKFILE ============================= background Sql Server: Database is 200 ...
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SQL Server 2008 Table Maintenance - Rebuild, Reorganize, Update Stats, Check Integrity etc

I'm migrating a ~15GB database from SQL Server 2005 to a new server running SQL Server 2008, and along with that I need to create all the new Maintenance Plans. I can take care of all the backup ...