November 2012 | SansSQL

Thursday, November 29, 2012

Microsoft License Advisor

How often we look around to find information on licensing and pricing be it any product? Yes, we do. Microsoft has a dedicated link to find the relevant information on volume licensing on all of its products. Please click Microsoft License Advisor to explore more.

For more reading on Volume Licensing - we can refer to the following
Microsoft Volume Licensing

Hope you find this useful as always!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Problem with SQL Server 2005 Maintenance Plan

Few days ago, one of my friend was facing an issue while creating Maintenance Plan in SQL Server 2005. When he was trying to create a Maintenance Plan, he was getting a message which says "Invalid column name 'from_msx'" and "Invalid column name 'has_targets'"

When we were trying to find out what might have caused this issues, we came to know that SP3 was recently applied to this instance.
This kind of errors usually pop up when the upgrades might have not completed properly.
Also in every service pack or hot fixes there will be a lot of changes like addition of tables and columns will be included for supporting the bug fixes or enhancements and if these are not applied properly to the database then you will get many similar errors.

To fix this particular issue, you have to execute the script "sysdbupg.sql" which will be present in the installation location  <Drive>:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\<InstanceID>\MSSQL\Install
Example: C:\Program Files\Microsoft SQL Server\MSSQL.1\MSSQL\Install

Once this has been executed successfully, you will now be able to work with Maintenance Plans.