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Brad's Sure Guide to SQL Server Maintenance Plans by Brad McGehee

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Chapter 18. Subplans and Precedence

In previous chapters, I have often referred to subplans and precedence, without giving much more than a cursory explanation of them. In this chapter, we will take an in-depth look at each of these important features of the Maintenance Plan Designer.

As noted previously, a single Maintenance Plan can be made up one or more subplans. Each subplan is made up of one or more maintenance tasks, and each subplan can be assigned its own schedule on which to run.

Precedence links can be used within a single subplan to control how the tasks within that subplan execute. Using these links we can dictate what happens next in a given subplan, based on the outcome of what is called "task branching."

Tasks on separate subplans ...

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