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Article ID: 246815

Article Last Modified on 3/14/2006


  • Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Data Engine 1.0

This article was previously published under Q246815

BUG #: 56672 (SQLBUG_70)


You can create database maintenance plans on a Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) installation using the Database Maintenance Plan Wizard from within the SQL 7.0 Enterprise Manager installed on another remote workstation. However, if you try to start one of the jobs generated by the Database Maintenance Plan Wizard, the following error occurs:

The job failed. The job was invoked by user DOMAIN\user. The last step to run was step 1 (Step 1).

If you review the job history and select the option Show step details, you will see the following text in the details for step 1:

Failed executing API: CreateProcess. [SQLSTATE 42000] (Error 22029). The step failed.

This message occurs for all jobs generated by the Database Maintenance Plan Wizard. However, manually generated jobs (for example, backup jobs) work correctly.


When you install the Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) from the MSDE redistribution package, it does not install the Sqlmaint.exe tool.


To work around this behavior:

  • Customers can obtain the Sqlmaint.exe file from the SQL Server Developer Edition that ships with MSDE for Visual Studio CD (\x86\binn\Sqlmaint.exe or \alpha\binn\Sqlmaint.exe) and package that tool in their setup programs.
  • Copy the Sqlmaint.exe file to the MSSQL7\BINN directory on the MSDE installation.


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a problem in SQL Server 7.0. This problem has been corrected in U.S. Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

254561 INF: How to Obtain Service Pack 2 for Microsoft SQL Server 7.0 and Microsoft Data Engine (MSDE) 1.0

For more information, contact your primary support provider.


Sqlmaint.exe performs maintenance operations on one or more databases. You can use Sqlmaint to run DBCC checks, back up a database and its transaction log, update statistics, and rebuild indexes.


For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

234626 SAMPLE: Setup1.exe Fully Automating MSDE Setup with the Package and Deployment Wizard (PDW)

For additional information on using the Sqlmaint tool, see SQL Server Books Online; topic: "sqlmaint Utility".

For additional information on installing MSDE, see the Readme.txt file in the MSDE Web download package or in the MSDE CD.

For more information about installing and distributing MSDE using an Installer application, see the following MSDN Web site:

Resources for developers building applications with MSDE, including white papers, general additional FAQS, and sample code can be found at the following Web site:

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