Full Text Reindex, scheduled job has no steps!


We have a SQL Server 2005 box, on which we have a database which has a full text index. The database gets a massive refresh of its data each night, meaning the full text index needs rebuilding. I added a schedule to my full text index (Databases > [DBName] > Storage > Full Text Catalogs > Right click your index – click properties > Population Schedule) and this created me a new job (SQL Server Agent > Jobs) but when i opened it up and went to steps, nothing was there!  If i tried running the job it would fail because there are no steps!

I found this as a documented bug in the initial release candidate of sql 2005 (since fixed in the service packs) on the microsoft connect site, and added a workaround – basically just add your own job, using the following sql (which i found on msdn) to rebuild your index;

ALTER FULLTEXT CATALOG [catalogue_name] REBUILD;

Of course, this is only a workaround until we can get the latest service pack installed.

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