Maintenance Plans

From the way I see it… I think this is the most important chapter in the book.

From Day 1 of being responsible for a database you as a DBA need to know how to back up your database, and how to restore it. But the tasks don’t stop there. Your job is to make sure the database is online and the users can use it. This means taking care of all the aspects of the database. The same way that Tibor Karaszi points out that you have to maintain your car or your house, you must maintain your database.

If your new to SQL Server stick to Tibor’s advice. A plan will be created that you can use long term. As you feel more comfortable start working with other aspects of the chapter and Maintenance Plans, look at the schedules or handling your indexes a little differently. I think I jumped for joy when I saw in the Maintenance Plan chapter the best advice on shrinking your database. Another well done chapter for one of the best SQL Books I have read.


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