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SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 025

SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 025

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SQL Server 2005 Tidbit 025

Happy SQL Express User

This tidbit comes as an answer to a really good question asked at a recent TechNet Event:

“What if a Maintenance Plan fails at some point?  Do I have the ability to restart the plan at a particular step?”

The answer to this is similar to the answer to the one in tidbit 28 – You really should consider plans as full sets of work.  If the plan fails at some point, you would probably want to launch the task separately, or create a job just to tackle what wasn’t otherwise completed.

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  • Maintenance Plans in SQL Server 2005 are SSIS packages. With an SSIS package you can use "checkpoints" to restart your package and it will pick up where the package failed. This is a better way to finish the Maintenance Plan than creating a package just for the last few tasks. I've done plenty of DTS development and its a pain to copy and paste a few tasks from a package that failed into a new package just so you can finish the process. In my last job we call them "Hack-a-Pack(age)s"

    Information on Checkpoints can be found in the following TechNet doc at

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