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LiteSpeed for SQL Server 8.5 - Installation Guide

About Creating Maintenance Plans

Use the Design pane to create a workflow of database maintenance tasks. Tasks can execute independent of another task's status, or can be dependent on another task's completion before they can begin execution.

You can add additional subplans in a maintenance plan to group related tasks or to schedule tasks to execute at different times.

To create a maintenance plan

  1. Select Maintenance Plans in the Navigation pane (CTRL+4).
  2. Right-click a server instance and select Create New Maintenance Plan in the Maintenance Plan pane.
  3. Drag tasks to the Design pane to add them to the subplan. Double-click a task to specify its properties.

    Tip: If you need to create several similar plans, you can simply copy existing plans or subplans and then make the necessary edits. Copy Maintenance Plans

    Tip: For legacy maintenance plans only:

    • You cannot have more than one task of the same type in a subplan. To add a duplicate task, create a new subplan and add the task.  
    • You cannot have both a Fast Compression Backup task and Back Up Database task added to the same subplan.
    • Any tasks in the subplan must use the same list of databases. If you select a different database in a task, LiteSpeed prompts you to apply the database change to the entire subplan.
    Task Add this task to... Available for legacy plans

    Fast Compression Backup

    Perform full or differential backups using the Fast Compression technology.

    NOTE: Fast Compression is only available with LiteSpeed 5.1 or later; Enterprise license. 

    Back Up Databases Using Maintenance Plans

    With LiteSpeed only

    Back Up Database

    Perform full, differential, or transaction log backups; with or without encryption. You can back up databases on multiple servers by adding a separate backup task to the maintenance plan for each server.

    Back Up Databases Using Maintenance Plans

    Yes

    Check Database Integrity

    Validate the following:

    • Disk space allocation
    • Page and structural integrity for tables and indexed views
    • Catalog consistency
    • Contents of indexed views
    • Service Broker data

    Yes

    Reorganize Index

    Defragment and compact existing indexes to improve performance. With LiteSpeed only 

    Execute Job

    Execute an existing SQL Server Agent job.

    No

    Clean Up Maintenance Plans

    Remove obsolete backup files and reports created by a maintenance plan.  

    Clean Up Maintenance Plans

    With LiteSpeed only

    Clean Up History

    Remove historical data from the msdb database and LiteSpeed Local and Central repositories for the following:

    • Back up and restore history

    • SQL Server Agent jobs

    • Maintenance plans

    • LiteSpeed activity

      NOTE: LiteSpeed activity is removed from the Central repository, only if it is located on the same server, where the Local repository resides.

    • Any information for deleted databases

    • Log shipping history

    • Status history (Job, DTS, Maint Plans)

    With LiteSpeed only

    Notify Operator

    Send an email notification to one or more existing operators. You can use the notification profiles only if they are already configured within a SQL Server instance.

    TIP: Variables defined in the maintenance plan can be used to format the Subject Line. There is also help information inside the task that lists the available Subject Line variables.

    NOTE: The SQL Server Agent must be configured to send email using Database Mail. Review the following for additional information:

    With LiteSpeed only

    Rebuild Index

    Drop and recreate an index to improve performance.

    Yes

    Shrink Database

    Reduce the size of data and log files in a database that grow beyond a specified size.

    Yes

    Execute T-SQL

    Execute statements or batches on one or more databases.

    NOTE: SSIS maintenance plans support only the Transact-SQL command type.

    Yes

    Update Statistics

    Update column and index statistics.

    Yes

  4. (SSIS Plans only) Right-click a task to execute first and select Add Constraint to draw a line to the dependent task.

    Tips:

    • You can add multiple constraints for a single task, and can execute those tasks concurrently or based on the outcome of the previous task.  
    • To use edit the constraint or use an expression to evaluate precedence, right-click the constraint line and select Edit.

    NOTE: Constraints are not available for legacy plans. Legacy plan tasks are executed in the following sequence:
    1. Clean Up History
    2. Check Database Integrity
    3. Rebuild Index
    4. Shrink Database
    5. Update Statistics
    6. Reorganize Index
    7. Fast Compression Backup or Back Up Database
    8. Clean Up Maintenance Plans
    9. Notify Operator
    10. Execute T-SQL

  5. Click to enter or select a schedule for executing the current subplan.
  6. Click and repeat steps 2, 3 and 4 for additional subplans you want to add.
  7. (Optional) Set reporting options.

    Reporting and Logging

    Click to set the reporting and logging options. Reporting and Logging in Maintenance Plans

    Notifications Click to notify an operator of job (subplan) status when a job fails, succeeds, or completes. 

Tips:

  • To manually execute, edit, or delete a maintenance plan, right-click the plan in the Maintenance Plan pane and select an option.
  • To change the plan owner, open the plan in the Designpane and select the owner from the drop-down list in the upper-right corner of the pane. Note that the plan owner is only responsible for creating and editing plans. The account that executes packages is the SQL Agent service account (or a proxy account). Privilege and Grant Requirements For more information, please refer to the "Privilege and Grant Requirements" section of the LiteSpeed Installation Guide.
  • To remove a subplan, select it and click on the toolbar in the maintenance plan designer.
  • To disable a subplan, double-click the subplan in the Design pane.
  • To define any connections you want to use for tasks in a maintenance plan, click . Once you add a connection, you can select it from the Connection drop-down list in any task. You can also define a connection at the task level that applies to other tasks and subplans. For legacy plans, you can add only one connection for remote logging and you must use Windows Authentication.

 

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