Schedule Ola Hallengren’s Maintenance Solution (T-SQL Scripting Series)


If you have you ever struggled with setting up a maintenance plan for SQL Server, you’ll be glad that Ola Hallengren came around. This very clever SQL Server DBA thought, well the SQL Server Maintenance Plans aren’t that great. It does the job, but out of the box some jobs are scheduled at exactly the same time, amongst other inefficiencies. We all can be thankful that he wrote his own MaintenanceSolution.sql, which has won several awards and can be downloaded for free here.

F5 and then?

If you have downloaded Ola Hallengren’s MaintenanceSolution.sql, you still have to schedule the SQL Agent Jobs. But it is logical that this is not included, as every company, every server could have different requirements for backup, integrity checks, index optimization and statistics maintenance.

.. Configure!

In the script below you will find a CONFIGURATION section where you can configure how the SQL Agent Jobs created by Ola Hallengren should be scheduled. Just for your convenience, hope you like it.


---) Author: Hans Michiels
---) Creates jobschedules in SQL Server Agent jobs that
---) were created by Ola Hallengren's maintenance solution.
(c) Copyright 2016 -
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USE [msdb]

DECLARE @cur_days VARCHAR(50)
     -- @cur_days contains a space separated list of weekdays, e.g. 'mon tue wed thu fri sat sun',
     -- or use 'all' for all days.
     -- Please note that using 'mon tue wed thu fri sat sun' will create a weekly job with
     -- all days checked while using 'all' will create a daily job.

DECLARE @cur_start_time INT
     -- @cur_start_time: the starttime of the job in integer format (hhmmss)

DECLARE @cur_subday_interval INT
     -- @cur_subday_interval: N in 'every N seconds/minutes/hours (for seconds max N = 100)
     -- Use 0 when N/A

DECLARE @cur_intraday_unit VARCHAR(7)
     -- @cur_intraday_unit: seconds (s), minutes (m) or hours (h).
     -- For configuration you can use both the full name or the first letter.

DECLARE @cur_delete_any_schedule CHAR(1)
     -- @cur_delete_any_schedule: indicates if any schedule for the given jobname should be deleted.
     -- Use NULL if you want to use the default value (recommended).
     -- It is recommended only to use 'N' if you use multiple schedules for the same job.

DECLARE @default_delete_any_schedule CHAR(1)
     -- @default_delete_any_schedule: valued used if in the configuration below
     -- [delete_any_schedule] is NULL for a specific job.

DECLARE @delete_schedules_only CHAR(1)
     -- @delete_schedules_only: if set to 'Y', only the existing schedules are deleted.
     -- No new schedules are made.
     -- If you use this setting, make sure to set @default_delete_any_schedule also to 'Y'
     -- without overruling it to 'N' for specific jobs.

DECLARE @cur_schedule_id int
DECLARE @cur_job_name SYSNAME
DECLARE @cur_schedule_name SYSNAME
DECLARE @cur_freq_type INT
DECLARE @cur_freq_interval INT
DECLARE @cur_freq_subday_type INT

DECLARE @active_start_date INT
DECLARE @message VARCHAR(500)

SET @active_start_date = CONVERT(INT, CONVERT(CHAR(8), CURRENT_TIMESTAMP, 112));

SET @default_delete_any_schedule = 'Y';
-- If you DO NOT want to delete all existing schedules for all jobs in your configuration,
-- change @default_delete_any_schedule to 'N'.
-- Keeping this value on 'Y' is usually safe to do and this prevents that old schedules
-- might in some cases not be deleted which can give trouble due to multiple (conflicting)
-- schedules.
-- !! ONLY IF you have more than one schedule for a job, you should set [delete_any_schedule]
-- in the configuration above to 'N' for that specific job.

SET @delete_schedules_only = 'N';

        CONVERT(INT, NULL) AS [start_time], CONVERT(VARCHAR(50), NULL) AS [days],
        CONVERT(INT, NULL) AS [subday_interval],
        CONVERT(VARCHAR(7), NULL) AS [intraday_unit],
        CONVERT(CHAR(1), NULL) AS [delete_any_schedule]

-------------[job_name]------------------------------------[schedule]--[start]-[days]-----------------------[subday ]-[intraday]-[delete_any]
-----------------------------------------------------------[name ]--[time ]------------------------------[interval]-[unit ]-[schedule ]
UNION SELECT 'CommandLog Cleanup' , 'Schedule', 180000, 'wed sun' , 0 , NULL , NULL
UNION SELECT 'Output File Cleanup' , 'Schedule', 180500, 'wed sun' , 0 , NULL , NULL
UNION SELECT 'sp_delete_backuphistory' , 'Schedule', 181000, 'wed sun' , 0 , NULL , NULL
UNION SELECT 'sp_purge_jobhistory' , 'Schedule', 181500, 'wed sun' , 0 , NULL , NULL

UNION SELECT 'DatabaseIntegrityCheck - SYSTEM_DATABASES' , 'Schedule', 182000, 'wed sun' , 0 , NULL , NULL
UNION SELECT 'DatabaseIntegrityCheck - USER_DATABASES' , 'Schedule', 191500, 'wed sun' , 0 , NULL , NULL
UNION SELECT 'DatabaseBackup - SYSTEM_DATABASES - FULL' , 'Schedule', 001500, 'all' , 0 , NULL , NULL
UNION SELECT 'DatabaseBackup - USER_DATABASES - FULL' , 'Schedule', 003000, 'all' , 0 , NULL , NULL

UNION SELECT 'IndexOptimize - USER_DATABASES' , 'Schedule', 081000, 'mon tue wed thu fri sat sun', 0 , NULL , NULL

/* -- Weekly full, other days diff example:
UNION SELECT 'DatabaseBackup - USER_DATABASES - FULL' , 'Schedule', 201500, 'fri' , 0 , NULL , NULL
UNION SELECT 'DatabaseBackup - USER_DATABASES - DIFF' , 'Schedule', 201500, 'mon tue wed thu sat sun' , 0 , NULL , NULL

/* -- Transaction log example / Example of use of [delete_any_schedule] with more than one schedule
UNION SELECT 'DatabaseBackup - USER_DATABASES - LOG' , 'Weekdays', 000001, 'mon tue wed thu fri' , 10 , 'minutes', 'Y'
UNION SELECT 'DatabaseBackup - USER_DATABASES - LOG' , 'Weekend' , 000001, 'sat sun' , 2 , 'hours', 'N'


OPEN daily_weekly_cursor
FETCH NEXT FROM daily_weekly_cursor
INTO @cur_job_name, @cur_schedule_name, @cur_start_time, @cur_days,
     @cur_subday_interval, @cur_intraday_unit, @cur_delete_any_schedule


    ---) Check if it is the dummy row to specify datatypes:
    IF @cur_job_name IS NULL
      FETCH NEXT FROM daily_weekly_cursor
      INTO @cur_job_name, @cur_schedule_name, @cur_start_time, @cur_days,
           @cur_subday_interval, @cur_intraday_unit, @cur_delete_any_schedule

    SET @message = 'Job: ' + @cur_job_name
    RAISERROR(@message , 0, 1) WITH NOWAIT;

    ---) Get the current schedule_id, if any.
    SELECT @cur_schedule_id = -1;
    WHILE @cur_schedule_id IS NOT NULL
        SELECT @cur_schedule_id = (
            SELECT TOP 1 sch.schedule_id
            FROM msdb.dbo.sysschedules sch
              JOIN msdb.dbo.sysjobschedules js
                ON js.schedule_id = sch.schedule_id
              JOIN msdb.dbo.sysjobs jobs
                ON jobs.job_id = js.job_id
             WHERE = @cur_job_name
               AND ( ISNULL(@cur_delete_any_schedule, @default_delete_any_schedule) = 'Y' OR = @cur_schedule_name )

        ---) If schedule exists, delete it first.
        IF @cur_schedule_id IS NOT NULL
            EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_delete_schedule @schedule_id = @cur_schedule_id, @force_delete = 1;
            SET @message = ' ' + 'Schedule deleted with @schedule_id = ' + CONVERT(VARCHAR, @cur_schedule_id)
            RAISERROR(@message , 0, 1) WITH NOWAIT;

    ---) Set @cur_freq_type depending on days specification.
    SELECT @cur_freq_type = CASE @cur_days WHEN 'all' THEN 4 ELSE 8 END;

    ---) Set @cur_freq_interval depending on days specification.
    SELECT @cur_freq_interval = 0, @cur_days = ' ' + @cur_days + ' ';
    IF CHARINDEX(' all ', @cur_days) > 0 SET @cur_freq_interval = @cur_freq_interval + 1;
    IF CHARINDEX(' sun ', @cur_days) > 0 SET @cur_freq_interval = @cur_freq_interval + 1;
    IF CHARINDEX(' mon ', @cur_days) > 0 SET @cur_freq_interval = @cur_freq_interval + 2;
    IF CHARINDEX(' tue ', @cur_days) > 0 SET @cur_freq_interval = @cur_freq_interval + 4;
    IF CHARINDEX(' wed ', @cur_days) > 0 SET @cur_freq_interval = @cur_freq_interval + 8;
    IF CHARINDEX(' thu ', @cur_days) > 0 SET @cur_freq_interval = @cur_freq_interval + 16;
    IF CHARINDEX(' fri ', @cur_days) > 0 SET @cur_freq_interval = @cur_freq_interval + 32;
    IF CHARINDEX(' sat ', @cur_days) > 0 SET @cur_freq_interval = @cur_freq_interval + 64;
    IF @cur_freq_interval = 0
      RAISERROR('Days string does not contain any valid day abbreviations', 16, 1);

    IF @delete_schedules_only != 'Y'
        IF @cur_subday_interval = 0
            EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_add_jobschedule @job_name=@cur_job_name, @name=@cur_schedule_name,
          @active_end_time=235959, @schedule_id = @cur_schedule_id OUTPUT;

            SET @message = ' ' + 'Schedule created for days' + @cur_days + 'at ' + CONVERT(VARCHAR, @cur_start_time)
            RAISERROR(@message , 0, 1) WITH NOWAIT;


            SELECT @cur_freq_subday_type =
            CASE LOWER(LEFT(@cur_intraday_unit, 1))
            WHEN 'h' THEN 8
            WHEN 'm' THEN 4
            WHEN 's' THEN 2
            ELSE 0

            IF @cur_freq_subday_type = 0
              RAISERROR('''intraday_unit'' must contain a valid value when ''subday_interval'' contains a number greater than 0. Please check your configuration.', 16, 1);

            EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_add_jobschedule @job_name=@cur_job_name, @name=@cur_schedule_name,
          @active_end_time=235959, @schedule_id = @cur_schedule_id OUTPUT;

            SET @message = ' ' + 'Schedule created for days' + @cur_days + 'every ' + CONVERT(VARCHAR, @cur_subday_interval) + ' ' + @cur_intraday_unit
            RAISERROR(@message , 0, 1) WITH NOWAIT;

    RAISERROR('-----' , 0, 1) WITH NOWAIT;
    SET @cur_schedule_id = NULL;
    FETCH NEXT FROM daily_weekly_cursor
    INTO @cur_job_name, @cur_schedule_name, @cur_start_time, @cur_days,
         @cur_subday_interval, @cur_intraday_unit, @cur_delete_any_schedule

CLOSE daily_weekly_cursor
DEALLOCATE daily_weekly_cursor

Download the script here.

(Note: the downloadable script has slightly better indenting than the html version above).


Conclusion / Wrap up

With this script you can easily schedule the SQL Agent Jobs that Ola Hallengren’s MaintenanceSolution-script creates.

(c) 2016 – Do not steal the contents – spread the link instead – thank you.

Hans Michiels

Hans is an Independent Business Intelligence and Datawarehouse Consultant & Microsoft SQL Server Consultant, working in the Netherlands. He has been working in the software industry since 1996, with SQL Server since the year 2001, and since 2008 he has a primary focus on datawarehouse- and business intelligence projects using Microsoft technology, using a Datavault and Kimball architecture. He has a special interest in Datawarehouse Automation and Metadata driven solutions. * Certified in Data Vault Modeling: Certified Data Vault 2.0 Practitioner, CDVDM (aka Data Vault 1.0) * Certified in MS SQL Server: * MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) SQL Server 2012 - MCITP Business Intelligence Developer 2005/2008 - MCITP Database Developer 2005/2008 - MCITP Database Administrator 2005/2008

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6 thoughts on “Schedule Ola Hallengren’s Maintenance Solution (T-SQL Scripting Series)”

    1. Hello Vitalic, thank you for letting me know. It is always good to know that my blog post has helped somebody. Thanks.

    1. thanks for your script !

      Could you tell me how to configure the script for INTEGRITY CHECK please ?
      If I want to schedule it every month first sunday, for example, I don’t know how …
      Best regards 🙂

      1. Hi Ben,
        Thanks for your message.
        There are two things important:
        1) What is the jobname you want to schedule?
        2) The scheduling itself.
        1) You can check the correct jobname easily in SQL Server Management Studio if you have installed Ola’s solution. Then copy the name into the script.
        2) My script does not really cater for monthly schedules, so either you schedule the integrity check weekly (which might not be a bad idea) or create a schedule with SQL Server Management Studio.
        Hope this helps.
        Best regards,

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