Pretty much the worst thing you could do to a SQL Server database. In short: It sacrifices performance to gain space.

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Will the transaction log shrink automagically in SQL Server?

When SQL Server database in a SIMPLE mode, you don't have to care about the transaction log bakcups. But in a SIMPLE mode, the transaction log seems to grow as it does in FULL mode. Does is truncate ...
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SQL Server 2008 log files have minimum sizes, what gives and how do I make them smaller?

Ok, to start with, I screwed up when I created the databases, using a create script roughly like so: (artificial linebreaks and names/paths for wrapping purposes) CREATE DATABASE [EXAMPLE] ON ...
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How do I shrink all files quickly for all databases?

In SQL Server (2008 in this case) how can I quickly shrink all the files, both log and data, for all databases on an instance? I could go through SSMS and right click each and choose Tasks -> Shrink, ...
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Shrink database after removing extra data [duplicate]

We have a need to fit database in 4G in order to use ms sql express edition. I started from 7G database, and found a lot of not needed records, and deleted them. After Shrink database size is 4.6G, ...