June 19, 2009 | SQL Server

Index maintenance : these are not your father's maintenance plans!

UPDATE 2009-06-24

I have blogged about both of them before (here and here), but I can never say enough about how helpful their index maintenance scripts can be.  Both Ola Hallengren and Michelle Ufford (@sqlfool) have been extremely dedicated to building very useful maintenance scripts for you, me, and all the DBAs around you – even (or maybe especially) the involuntary ones.  I have used both, and because they offer so much more flexibility over the canned stuff you get in the built-in maintenance plans, I highly recommend trying them out.

Ola's scripts were updated earlier this month, and I am only getting to blogging about it now (sorry Ola!).  Some of the enhancements in this update:

  • rebuild and reorganize indexes at the partition level
  • exclude indexes in read-only filegroups
  • option to print commands instead of executing them
  • support for all builds of SQL Server 2005 and 2008 (previously, only 2005 SP2+ was supported)
  • backup solution now supports LiteSpeed in addition to native backups

You can read about and download Ola's solution here.

Michelle Ufford has released a new version of her solution as well.  The enhancements include:

  • bug fix surrounding LOB logic
  • added @scanMode and @rebuildStats options
  • added support for defragging model and msdb
  • helpful additions to the log table (for monitoring)
  • exclusion list (for scheduling)

You can download Michelle's solution here.

I just want to echo a huge THANK YOU to both of these individuals for donating their time, energy and knowledge into developing and maintaining these scripts for the community at large.

1 comment on this post

    • jerryhung - June 24, 2009, 10:59 PM

      I use Ola's re-index solutions in many places, +1!
      (reason is it didn't require a db like Michelle's)

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