SQL SERVER – Unable to Open Maintenance Plan in Management Studio

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Sometimes taking care of the basics solves the problem in a very easy way. Recently my friend upgraded SQL Server 2008 R2 to SQL Server 2012 via in-place upgrade method. As per him, everything went well and there were no errors encountered in upgrade also.

But, when he was trying to open Maintenance Plan in SQL Server Management Studio, below was the error seen.

SQL SERVER - Unable to Open Maintenance Plan in Management Studio mp-error-01

Here is the text of the message

Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio is unable to load this document:
Error loading from XML. No further detailed error information can be specified for this problem because no Events objects was passed where detailed error information can be stored.

When I did a desktop sharing with me, I realized that something is not looking right with Management Studio. I quickly realized that he was still using SQL Server 2008 R2 Management Studio to connect to the upgraded version. I asked him to use SQL Server 2014 Management Studio and as soon as we used that, there was no more error and we were able to open/edit maintenance plan without any problem.

So the root cause of the issue was version Mismatch of client and tool

How to check version of SQL Server? Refer my earlier blog SQL SERVER – Get Server Version and Additional Info

How to check version of Client Tools? We can use Help > About in SSMS as shown below.

SQL SERVER - Unable to Open Maintenance Plan in Management Studio mp-error-02

Have you faced any error due to incorrect version? please share via comments. I am sure the learning experiences will help one and all.

Reference: Pinal Dave (https://blog.sqlauthority.com)

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