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Can you guys give me some advice on backing up – clearing log files – rebuilding indexes.

In the past I have used maintenance plans but doing a bit of reading people say they are not really efficient.

Is this the case?
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k_murli_krishnaCommented:
Go through the following:

A) Backup & Restore

SQL Server 2000 Backup and Restore
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc966495.aspx
Back Up and Restore of SQL Server Databases
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms187048.aspx
Backup Overview (SQL Server)
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms175477.aspx
SQL Server 2005 Backups
http://www.simple-talk.com/sql/backup-and-recovery/sql-server-2005-backups/

B) Clearing Log Files

How do you clear the transaction log in a SQL Server 2005 database?
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/56628/how-do-you-clear-the-transaction-log-in-a-sql-server-2005-database
How Can i clear log file in MS SQL SERVER 2005 Express Edition SP2
http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/sqlexpress/thread/5e9bfe22-24a4-4600-b735-73603841906f/

C) Rebuilding Indexes

Reorganize and Rebuild Indexes
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms189858.aspx
Reorganise index vs Rebuild Index in Sql Server Maintenance plan
http://stackoverflow.com/questions/7579/reorganise-index-vs-rebuild-index-in-sql-server-maintenance-plan

You are correct. Following maintenance plans is somewhat inefficient. Instead, it is better to use in-built OR third party tools & instead even better use T-SQL OR DBCC operations. Cheers.
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Lee SavidgeCommented:
Which version of SQL Server?

Backing up is fine on a maintenance plan. What you back up, how you back up is dependent on your requirements. Most of the time, in a full recovery mode I would do a full back up of the database once a day and then either daily, half daily or hourly backups of the transaction logs.

With rebuilding indexing etc., I would have a maintenance plan that you either run manually or maybe once a month. Much of the requirements here depend on how much usage the database has with regards to updates/deletes/inserts. Consider the indexes are like the ones in a book that is continually being written to or updated. They do go out of date so having a plan to manage this is good but it is pointless running daily unless you have massive record level changes or inserts and deletes.
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Lee SavidgeCommented:
If you are in full recovery mode you must back the transaction logs up otherwise they will simply just grow and fill the disk. If you have simple recovery mode setup then you don't need to back them up.
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Rich WeisslerProfessional Troublemaker^h^h^h^h^hshooterCommented:
One additional datapoint to toss out there.  I'm still rely heavily on the maintenance plan wizard, 'cause it's easy and does almost everything I need, and just tweak things to suit me when I finish.  The alternative I've looked at several times is Ola's maintenance plans -- http://ola.hallengren.com/
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aneilgAuthor Commented:
thanks for the responce guys, all very gud tips.

thanks.
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aneilgAuthor Commented:
thanks.
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