Category Archives : Maintenance


RYO Maintenance Plan – Index Maintenance

It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post, but I swear I have a good excuse. I’ve been busily working on a separate writing project, but I’m back now and ready to continue rolling my own maintenance plan. To recap, so far I’ve covered backups, backup cleanup, and updating statistics. Today I’m going […]

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RYO Maintenance Plan – Update Statistics

Another key component of any good maintenance plan is updating statistics. Statistics are what help the SQL Server optimizer choose the best execution plan for your queries. Let your stats get too far out of date, and watch your query performance tank. For me, the biggest shortcoming of the update statistics maintenance plan task is […]


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RYO Maintenance Plan – Database Backups, Part 3

I’ve covered creating my backup directories and the actual backup of the database(s). The last thing I want to do in my process is clean up any old backup files. Once again, I want to allow for some flexibility in my procedure. Much like the maintenance plan task I’m replacing, my procedure should be able […]


RYO Maintenance Plan – Database Backups, Part 2

Last time I dealt with the creation of subdirectories, in one or more root locations, to house my database backups. Today we’ll get into the meat of the database backup procedure itself. If you’ll recall, this procedure has to meet some specific criteria: It will need a minimum of tweaking to implement and maintain. It […]

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