Ralf Dietrich (6/21/2009)
why did you prefer custom maintenance plans over custom SQL scripts? (Yes it is a very interesting solution you showed up! - thx!)
I've seen so many bugs in maintenance plans so I prefer not to use them. The most recent bug I've seen was, that it was correctly scheduled (at night) but was executed at a complete other time (mostly during business hours) :-(
I could not believe it - but I've it seen 1 month ago! With T-SQL scripts I had never such errors (for more than 10 years now)
Like you, I have seen many bugs/idiosyncrasies in Maintenance Plans over the years. To this point, I dealt with them.
In this particular case, necessity being the mother of invention, I needed to perform all of the standard MP steps, but needed to do it for a certain, fluid subset of 3rd party databases over which I have no control.
I used the exact SQL commands that the native plans use for consistency's sake. Of course, you can perform your steps hoever you like, but I wanted to create a good starting point.
Hope that answers your question!