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Can I Manually Load SQL 2005 Execution Plans into Cache at Server Startup?

Problem:
Every time I restart our main production SQL Server, performance sucks for a couple of days until the statistics and the execution plans are gradually compiled and loaded into cache.  Since these are stored in volatile memory, they go away whenever the SQL Server Service is shut down.

What I want to do:
I want to be able to take the saved output from ShowPlan XML and load into the Server cache at startup, so I don't have to wait for all of the plans to be recompiled.  I know that this can be done in Oracle.  Can it be done in SQL Server 2005, and if so, how?
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almanderCommented:
This is a pretty in depth.

http://www.mssqltips.com/tip.asp?tip=1749
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SQLSharkAuthor Commented:
That is a good article.  I actually already have it, and the two sequels.  I can get the database statistics.

What I want are the execution plans.  As I said, these are stored in volatile memory, and they are dropped when the SQL Server service stops.

I can use SQL Profiler to collect the Execution Plans in XML format and save them to a file or a database table.

However, how do I then load these plans back into the (now empty) plan cache?
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almanderCommented:
Sorry, I misread your question, and jumped to an early conclusion.

Scratching head...
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SQLSharkAuthor Commented:
I understand.  It is a real head scratcher.  It seems like something you ought to be able to do.  I found an article detailing how to do exactly what I want to do - in Oracle 10g.  Unfortunately, that doesn't help.
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DBAduck - Ben MillerPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
You cannot import any plans into plan cache that I know of.  I have never been asked to do this.  Plan cache is built by SQL Server.  I am willing to stand corrected, but there certainly is no documentation that I know of that illustrates this for SQL Server.
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SQLSharkAuthor Commented:
I have confirmed that it is not possible to import execution plans into the plan cache for SQL 2005 or SQL 2008, although it can be done in Oracle.  As an alternative, some shops run their most common queries with the most common parameters after a restart in order to speed up the recompilation of the plan cache.  Thank you all, for your assistance.
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almanderCommented:
If some of the data is static in nature, you may be able to get away with 'freezing' some plans. The obvious inherent problem with doing this, is that the plan can become stale as data changes.

With some creativity, it may be possible to have some working process that automatically removes old frozen plans, generates new plans, and freezes them. But I have never even thought of trying this before...

Plan Guides Plan Freezing
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/sqlblog/archive/2009/02/19/plan-guides-plan-freezing-in-sql-server-2005-2008.aspx
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