Step 4 - Generate T-SQL
Script for SQL Server Agent Job on Source Server
Now that I have the name of
the SQL Server Agent job I can generate a T-SQL script to create the job on the
target server. To generate the script I normally use the "Generate SQL Script
..." function that is available when right clicking on the job in Enterprise
Manager, select the "All Tasks" option, then I save the generated script to a
file to be used in the next step.
Step 5 - Create SQL
Server Agent Job on Target Server
Using the script I generated
in step 4, I can create the 'DB Backup Job for DB Maintenance Plan 'Backup All
Databases'' on the Target Server. To do this, I put the script saved in Step 4
onto a floppy, load the script on my target server, and then execute the script
in Query Analyzer. This will create my maintenance plan database backup job on
the target server.
Step 6 - Create the
Maintenance Plan on Target Server
To create the maintenance
plan on the Target Server I use the sp_add_maintenance_plan SP. I do this by
using the following simple script:
declare @myplan_id uniqueidentifier
exec msdb.dbo.sp_add_maintenance_plan n'Backup All Databases',@plan_id=@myplan_id output
Note I printed the plan_id
that was created. This will be needed in the next step. The maintenance plan_id
I created was "E219D922-9B4F-4C15-BC16-35E0C93CB3EA".
Step 7 - Add databases to
In this step I will be
modifying the maintenance plan I created in Step 6. I will be adding each database
on my Target Server to the maintenance plan by using the sp_add_maintenance_plan_db
SP. Each database will need to be added separately since there is no "All
Database" option for this SP. A series of calls to this SP will be needed to
add each database. Below is a sample of the commands that would be necessary
to add each of the standard SQL Server databases to my target server
exec msdb.dbo.sp_add_maintenance_plan_db 'E219D922-9B4F-4C15-BC16-35E0C93CB3EA',N'master'
exec msdb.dbo.sp_add_maintenance_plan_db 'E219D922-9B4F-4C15-BC16-35E0C93CB3EA',N'model'
exec msdb.dbo.sp_add_maintenance_plan_db 'E219D922-9B4F-4C15-BC16-35E0C93CB3EA',N'msdb'
exec msdb.dbo.sp_add_maintenance_plan_db 'E219D922-9B4F-4C15-BC16-35E0C93CB3EA',N'pubs'
Step 8 - Add SQL Agent
Job to Maintenance Plan
Basically at this point I
have the SQL Server Agent job 'DB Backup Job for DB Maintenance Plan 'Backup All
Databases'' and the maintenance plan 'Backup All Databases' created on the
target server, all that is left to do is associate the SQL Server Agent job
with the Maintenance Plan. To do this I will need to execute the 'sp_add_mainetenance_plan_job'
sp. This sp has the following format:
sp_add_maintenance_plan_job 'plan_id' , 'job_id'
Now from step 6 we already
know the 'plan_id', but we don't know the 'job_id' associated with the 'DB
Backup Job for DB Maintenance Plan 'Backup All Databases' SQL server agent job.
To get the job_id, for this job we need to execute the 'sp_help_job' SP, like
@job_name='DB Backup Job for DB Maintenance Plan ''Backup All Databases'''
From the output generated
when I executed the sp_help_job SP I find that the job_id is '81160E1C-9AA8-4104-9A0A-5463534C08EC'.
So at this point all that is left to associate my job with my maintenance plan is
to execute the following command:
These are all the steps it takes
to migrate a single maintenance plan from a source server to a new target
server. Ok, now I never said it was going to be easy. In reality if you only
need to migrate a single maintenance plan then it might be just as easy to
rebuild the maintenance plan on the new server. Although if you are planning
on migrating a fair number of maintenance plans then building a process to
migrate each maintenance plan using the steps I identified above might a much
easier then building each maintenance plan on the new server manually.
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