Setting up a Maintenance Plan for SQL Server

Setting up a Maintenance Plan for SQL Server
SQL Server requires regular maintenance. Maintenance includes re-indexing and backing up the
databases. This document is designed as a guide for setting up a regular database maintenance
schedule. Backups should be done on a regular basis. The policies for backing up will vary from
one organization to the next. Consult your Systems Administrator for best methods. These
maintenance schedules should be performed on the server machine.
The Help in Enterprise Manager details maintenance tasks more fully. Please take the time to read
the SQL Server Book Online manual.
Remember that this document is a guide only. You will have to make the choices that best suit
your needs.
For Schedules to run, the SQL Server Agent must be switched on:
From the Start Menu/Programs/SQL Server menu
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Select Service Manager
The SQL Server Service Manager Window appears
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From Services, select SQL Server Agent
Check ‘Auto-start service when OS starts’
Select Start/Continue to start the SQL Server Agent
Close the window
To set up a backup and re-index schedule
From the Start Menu/Programs/SQL Server menu
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Select Enterprise Manager
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Double-click on Microsoft SQL Servers
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Select the Server computer (in this case the server is called Tazzy)
From the Tools menu, select Database Maintenance Planner…
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Click Next
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Select the Acuity database (called 30018 in this example)
Select the system databases (master, model and msdb)
Click Next
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Check the Reorganize data and index pages field and select Change
This example will run the schedule daily at 2:00 am
• Setup a schedule to suit your needs
• Click OK
• Click Next
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Select Check Database Integrity
Select Include indexes
Select Attempt to repair any minor problems
Select Change
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Setup this operation to happen at the same time as before
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Specify the Backup destination that suits your needs
Select Change
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Setup this operation to happen at the same time as before – or as required.
Select OK, Select Next
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Specify a backup destination – This might be Disk or Tape
Select Next
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Specify the Transaction Log Backup Plan as required.
Select Next
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Specify the Transaction Log backup destination
Select Next
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Select a destination for Reports as required. Select Next
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Click Next
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Give the Maintenance plan a suitable name
Click Finish
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Click OK
The Maintenance Plan should execute as per your instructions.
Please check that the Reports confirm this on a regular basis.
Make sure your backup destinations have enough free space to accommodate all the backups,
now and into the future.
You may need to modify your plan from time to time.
Use the wizard to do this as your needs change.
This is done by selecting the maintenance plan you wish to change from the Database
Maintenance option, under Management in the Enterprise Manager.