I am bit confused with terminology as official Microsoft SQL Server documentation including BOL refers to plan guide the one you create using sp_create_plan_guide proc. Does plan freezing is same thing or slightly different?. Reading Erland's great article here

There are two ways to set up plan guides, a general way, and a shortcut which is also known as plan freezing. General plan guides were introduced in SQL 2005, whereas plan freezing was added in SQL 2008.

I am reading plan freezing is when you create guide using sp_create_plan_guide_from_handle

Seeking a clarification on terminology being used, does plan guide and plan freezing is the same thing or they refer to slightly different way to stick the execution plan in the cache?

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Yes, that is my understanding as well, and this post helps provide some examples for you to review.

Plan guides (plan freezing) in SQL Server 2005/2008

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