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What's difference between Maintenance Plans and SQL Jobs in MS SQL 2005?

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What's difference between Maintenance Plans and SQL Jobs in MS SQL 2005?
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A maintenance plan is a preset series of steps that you can perform against a database, collectively considered as "maintenance" tasks.  You can pick and choose to build up a plan.

A SQL Job is a collection of tasks that you schedule to run at a particular time using SQL Server Agent.

In the UI for setting up maintenance tasks, it hooks into the SQL Job ui for you to schedule the maintenance plan.   However, going into SSMS, Jobs directly, you can set up any type of job, even just running a stored procedure regularly.
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Thanks.

Does maintenanance can run without planning a job?
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No. The job is what schedules it.  Otherwise it does nothing.
If you expand jobs, you will see a job with a strange name representing the maintenance plan.
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Ok I see. Thank you very much for the SQL 101 lesson :)
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