Saving maintenance plan failed

Saving maintenance plan failed

If you encounter the above error message when trying to save a maintenance plan you created using the the wizard in SQL Server 2005 Management Studio (SSMS), the first (obvious) thing you should try, is to check if the latest service pack is installed and if it is not then install it!

You can check out one of my past posts on how to find out which service pack is currently installed on your SQL Server 2005 instance and on how to get the latest service pack.

However, if you are still experiencing the same problem, even in the case you have installed the latest service pack, then you can try running the sql script called “sysdbupg.sql” which can be found in the SQL Server installation directory under the subfolder “install“.

This script upgrades the system database stored procedures from the RTM level. Databases which may be upgraded are:

  • master
  • model
  • msdb

Make sure before trying to execute the above script, to backup the aforementioned system databases!

A big thanks to my good friend Ioannis for bringing this hint to my attention!

Artemakis Artemiou
Artemakis Artemiou is a Senior SQL Server Architect, Author, and a 9 Times Microsoft Data Platform MVP (2009-2018). He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles. Artemakis is the founder of SQLNetHub and Artemakis is the creator of the well-known software tools Snippets Generator and DBA Security Advisor. Also, he is the author of many eBooks on SQL Server. Artemakis currently serves as the President of the Cyprus .NET User Group (CDNUG) and the International .NET Association Country Leader for Cyprus (INETA). Artemakis's official website can be found at