Working with maintenance plans is supposed to be easy, but I find it to be quite difficult.
In part, this is because they can often be buggy. To write this post today, I had to go back and install SSMS 16.5, because I wasn’t able to configure logging or change some aspects about my test maintenance plan in SSMS 17. (I use case sensitive instances, and this bug also impacts things like the maintenance plan log dialog box.)
And in part this is because the documentation for maintenance plans doesn’t tend to be as clear as the documentation for TSQL commands. So in the interest of saving other folks time, I wanted to share what I learned about the Rebuild Index Task, Reorganize Index Task, and Update Statistics Task in SQL Server 2016.
Though if you’re reading this, you probably already have a better solution than maintenance plans…