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

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Introduction

SQL Server has a reputation as being a simple database application to install, configure, and maintain. This is a little misleading. SQL Server is a powerful relational database that can handle the needs of the largest organizations and, as such, its proper maintenance almost certainly requires the attention of an experienced DBA.

This reputation, coupled with the fact that it is relatively inexpensive, means that SQL Server has become a favorite platform for multiuser applications, and it often appears in organizations who cannot afford to have experienced DBAs on their staff. In many cases, organizations have SQL Server instances that are maintained by a part-time DBA, or an "accidental DBA," who may be a network administrator, developer, ...

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