In the SQL report 'Disk Usage by Tables', there are two columns, data and Indexes.
Does the number on Indexes column decrease after rebuilding index?
When I searched online about rebuilding index, for SQL 2008 standard, indexing is 'offline'. Does it mean that, if I want to schedule rebuilding index, I have to schedule to take database offline before indexing or will be done as a part of the maintenance plan for rebuilding index?
When I ran rebuilding index in the past, I didn't have to schedule to take offline the database, but applications can't access database. I wonder if it's just ok to schedule a maintenance plan without talking database offline first.
Also, when I test reorganizing index, to end users, it's the same effect, applications can't access database. But articles in internet say, reorganizing index is 'online' operation. I wonder what's the difference to the view of end users if both operation makes database hung.