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ALTER INDEX command fails during Maintenance Plan - SQL Server 2005

Posted on 2010-08-16
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Hi,

During the execution of maintenance plan, it rebuilds the indexes on the tables.  An ALTER INDEX command is executed, but the command stalled and hung the maintenance job.  Error that was reported in the log said it failed (see the error message below).

I am not sure what to do with this error or how to fix the error.  Appears to be a problem with the index [a215_ix1_a]  being used for the table [a255].

What could I do to resolve the error?

Rebuild Index (TOMLINSON)
Rebuild index on Local server connection
Databases: pbtf_ArcSDE
Object: Tables and views
Original amount of free space
Task start: 2010-08-16T10:17:13.
Task end: 2010-08-16T12:18:07.
Failed:(-1073548784) Executing the query "ALTER INDEX [a215_ix1_a] ON [cf_pbtf].[a255] REBUILD WITH ( PAD_INDEX  = OFF, STATISTICS_NORECOMPUTE  = OFF, ALLOW_ROW_LOCKS  = ON, ALLOW_PAGE_LOCKS  = ON, SORT_IN_TEMPDB = OFF, ONLINE = OFF )
" failed with the following error: "A severe error occurred on the current command.  The results, if any, should be discarded.
A severe error occurred on the current command.  The results, if any, should be discarded.". Possible failure reasons: Problems with the query, "ResultSet" property not set correctly, parameters not set correctly, or connection not established correctly.

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Did you receive any errors in the SQL Server error log at around 12:18:07.  If so, could you post them?
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No errors in the SQL Server log and nothing in the Event View.

Is there something that I could do with the index or the table?
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The error message you see is a generic error. I have received similar error with a backup failure due to space issues.

Did you check the log space in the database while the index rebuild is executing, please check it using dbcc sqlperf while the job runs and ensure that the log has enough space for index rebuild.

You can also use an output file in the maintenance plan job properties, it might log additional details when it fails. Also, you could try running the alter index command in the error in Management Studio, to see if you get any errors.

Thanks.
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I checked the log file size during the execution of the job and the size showed the usage was only 2%. 1.5 GB was available.

What I did to solve the problem was restart the ArcSDE service. Then, the backup completed successfully.
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I restarted the service and clearned out locks on tables and objects in the database and that cleared the problem.
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