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Microsoft® SQL Server 2012 Unleashed by Alex T. Silverstein, Chris Gallelli, Paul T. Bertucci, Ray Rankins

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Maintenance Plans

SQL Server includes maintenance plans that provide database maintenance tasks, including optimization, integrity checks, and backups. The backup options available in the maintenance plans are comprehensive and include the capability to regularly schedule full, differential, and transaction log backups. This type of automation is essential to ensure that your backups are taken with a reliable tool at regular intervals.

You can create maintenance plans from within SSMS. If you open the Management node in the Object Explorer, you see a node named Maintenance Plans. If you right-click this node, you can select New Maintenance Plan to create a plan from scratch, or you can select Maintenance Plan Wizard to have a wizard guide you ...

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