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To make sure that your database operates efficiently and in line with security requirements, you need to execute certain database management tasks, some of which need to be repeated regularly. You can plan these using the DBA Planning Calendar: DBA Cockpit, DBA Planning Calendar, or Database Assistant, or liveCache Assistant, DBA Planning Calendar.

The first time you start your system, the DBA Planning Calendar is empty. You can use it to schedule new actions (for example, data backups, log backups, updates of SQL Optimizer statistics and database structure checks). These are then performed at the specified time.

You can set up the DBA Planning Calendar by selecting a planning pattern or choosing a predefined action from the Action Pad. If you add a new action, this is defaulted as a once-only execution.

You can schedule, change or delete actions as required. Most of the actions that can be planned with the DBA Planning Calendar should be scheduled as periodic actions. You must check the calendar daily to be sure that scheduled actions have been carried out correctly.


At present, the following actions are available in the DBA Planning Calendar in the Action Pad:

Table 1: Action Pad

Task Area

Entry in the Action Pad

Short Name

Data and Log Backups

Complete Data Backup

Complete Data Backup (Bridge)

Incremental Data Backup

Activating Automatic Log Backup

Deactivating Automatic Log Backup

Log Backup

Archive Log Backup Files








Determining Statistics for the SQL Optimizer

Select Tables for Update Statistics

Update Statistics for Selected Tables

Update All Optimizer Statistics




Database Structure Checks

Check database structure of the snapshot

Check the Database Structure

Check the Database Structure (Tables Only)




Determine Table Size and Growth

Update Table Statistics


Determine Class Container Sizes (SAP liveCache technology only)

Update Class Container Statistics


Checking Backups

Check Complete Data Backup

Check Incremental Data Backup

Check Log Backup




Execute DBM Commands

Executing DBM Commands



Think about a suitable planning concept for the most important task areas. Before a scheduled backup action is due to start, make sure that the data carriers have been inserted and are ready to run. You can configure the back end of the DBA Planning Calender to control the execution of background jobs (Setting Up the DBA Planning Calendar).

  1. Also create any necessary backup templates.

    More information: Backup Templates

  2. You can use the available action patterns to schedule your actions.

    More information: Action Patterns

  3. If you have not already done so by using the action pattern, schedule your data backups.

    More information: Scheduling a Data Backup

  4. Perform log backups.

    You should always activate automatic log backup.

    More information: Activating Automatic Log Backup

    If necessary, schedule an interactive log backup.

    More information: Scheduling an Interactive Log Backup

    You should archive the log backup files regularly.

    More information: Archiving Backup Files

  5. If you have not already done so by using the action pattern, schedule Optimizer statistics updates.

    More information: Scheduling Updates of the SQL Optimizer Statistics

  6. If you have not already done so by using the action pattern, schedule your database structure checks.

    More information: Scheduling a Database Structure Check

  7. Schedule any further actions required, such as Checking Backups or Updating Table Statistics.

  8. Edit the schedule to make any required changes to activities or start times.

    More information: Changing or Deleting an Action, Scheduling an Action

  9. Check the DBA Planning Calendar daily to see whether your scheduled activities have been performed correctly. In the DBA Planning Calendar, check whether the backup actions that are scheduled for the next few days can be performed correctly.

    More information: Displaying Actions

    If any action did not run successfully, analyze the problem and repeat the action if necessary.

    More information: Starting an Action Immediately


It is not possible to execute all the tasks necessary for managing the database from the DBA Planning Calendar. Information, for example, about how you can execute actions if the SAP system is not available can be found in the documentation Database Administration.