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Maintenance Plan mystery

Last week I had interesting (or I can say weird ? ) case of Maintenance Plan. One of the server that we monitor has reported job failure – this was a part of maintenance plan. Looking at the job history and log file I came to know that this job was failing because of some database which wasn’t available – this database was dropped few days back, and, the maintenance plan has it’s reference stored somewhere. I have search around system tables etc. but nothing unusual or nothing helpful was available that indicates the source of this database.
Finally, I have edited the maintenance plan which resolved this case, here is what I did:
  1. Alter the maintenance plan "some maintenance plan"
  2. note down the databases name
  3. altered it and selected all the system databases
  4. saved the maintenance plan changes and exit
  5. re-open the maintenance plan
  6. re-selected those databases (from step 2)
  7. saved the maintenance plan changes and exit
  8. re-invoked the job
  9. and, the job completed successfully
And, the mystery persist, can you guys suggest me if I miss something to refer/research ?

-- Hemantgiri S. Goswami (http://www.sql-server-citation.com )

SQL Server Citation - SQL Blog by Hemantgiri S. Goswami, SQL MVP

Hemantgiri S. Goswami is working as a Consultant at Surat, INDIA. He has been a Microsoft SQL Server MVP three years running; he also moderates multiple SQL Server community forums including http://www.sql-server-performance.com and http://www.sqlserver-qa.net. He actively participates and speaks at local user group events organized under the aegis of www.surat-user-group.org, DotNetChaps and CSI Surat chapters, of which he is a founding and active member. He regularly publishes article on his blog space http://www.sql-server-citation.com. He has recently taken up a new initiative - blogging about SQL in his native language Gujarat through his blog http://sqlservercitation-gujarati.blogspot.com. He is an Author of the book SQL Server 2008 High Availability.


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