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The most important and least glamorous tasks a DBA performs are those that involve maintenance. It's the kind of thing that if you do it, nobody notices; but if you don't, everybody knows. This chapter from the book, Essential SQL Server 2000, by Buck Woody discusses two types of maintenance tasks: tasks that keep the database going and tasks that keep the database going fast.
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The primary tool described here for database maintenance is the Database Maintenance Wizard. This graphical tool walks you through setting up a scheduled plan that can include integrity checks, optimizations, and backups. The second set of tools are the T-SQL Database Consistency Check (DBCC) commands. They perform maintenance tasks on a database or an index, as well on filegroups.
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