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SQL Maintenance Plan Backups Are Failed, How to TroubleShoot?

SQL Maintenance Plan Backups Are Failed, How to TroubleShoot?

Hi guys,

We just upgraded to a new server and SQL 2008. I set up a maintenance plan to backup the main databases and create a transaction log backup. The plans worked fine for 2 weeks, but now I am getting errors. I noticed that the .bak backup files are being created, but it is failing on the step to create a transaction log .trn backup.

The only thing I can find in the error logs is the message Backup failed error 3041. Maybe I'm not looking in the right place to find a detailed explanation for the error. Microsoft says to look at the SQL server log for explanation. The server log tells me to look at the application log which tells me nothing.

Can anyone point me in the right direction or give me some troubleshooting tips?

RE: SQL Maintenance Plan Backups Are Failed, How to TroubleShoot?

According to this knowledge base article the real reason for the failure would be in the error log prior to the 3041 error.

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RE: SQL Maintenance Plan Backups Are Failed, How to TroubleShoot?

Were you backing up the transaction log before you upgraded to 2008?

What it sounds like is the database(s) recovery mode is set to Simple. When this is the case you will not be able to backup the transaction file.

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