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Is it safe to run MS SQL Maintenance Plan

Posted on 2011-05-11
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Last Modified: 2012-05-11
We have some 2008 SQL databases under a SQL 2008 64-bit. these databases will go to production shortly.

I thought it's a nice idea to schedule Microsoft SQL maintenance plan , Is it safe ? it runs all these integrity checks and shrinking stuff , so I thought I ask an expert.
Question by:akhalighi
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by:Éric Moreau
ID: 35740255
yes it is and it is recommended. you should often check integrity, rebuild indexes, update stats, backup, ...
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Raja Jegan R earned 500 total points
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Yes, you can..
But as you mentioned that it is PROD server, just make sure that your Maintenance plans runs during off-peak hours to reduce your PROD database load.

>> it runs all these integrity checks and shrinking stuff

Don't ever perform Database shrink operation as is it is not recommended and will

1. Fragment your indexes
2. Reduce your file size which is reserved for future table/database growth increasing fragmentation again
3. Costlier operation

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Cboudroz earned 500 total points
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rebuild indexes can lock table for  a long period depending of size of index.

MS SQL 2008 Entreprise can used rebuild index = ONLINE

read this for index rebuild:
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Author Comment

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Alright ... Thanks ...

It looks like that I shouldn't Shrink databases , and I also shouldn't rebuild the indexes. we have SQL 2008 Standard not Enterprise.

So there is nothing much left in a maintenance plan ...

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by:Raja Jegan R
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>> It looks like that I shouldn't Shrink databases , and I also shouldn't rebuild the indexes

You need to rebuild indexes but do it during off-peak hours or maintenance window so that your database can perform better.

But never ever do a Shrink database activity as it is totally not recommended.
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Yes , the plan is to run these jobs on weekends. do , indexing is okay but shouldn't shrink ...
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by:Raja Jegan R
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Yes, exactly..
Kindly request you to close this question if your doubts are resolved.

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