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Only do log backup if necessary in SQL Server

We have transaction log backups taken every few minutes from many databases. Is there a way to determine if there were any committed transactions since the last backup and only then do a log backup? ...
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3answers
110 views

Multiple Transaction Log files and performance impact

So I've gotten into an argument with several people regarding the number of transaction log files a give databases should have. I've seen several post saying you should only have 1 transaction log ...
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1answer
61 views

Database never maintained

Just moved from wrong forum i paste here my question: I just got a new client recently migrated from SQL Server 2000 to SQL Server 2005 due to vendor application limitation to new releases. Vendor ...
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1answer
167 views

Delete log to increase DB space?

I'm running SQL Server 2008 Express and hitting the 4GB size wall. I'd like to make some space to give me time before i migrate to a larger DB. I don't need my transaction log. So, can i delete ...
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1answer
76 views

Storing Tlogs and data files on the same drive

I'm looking for some clarification of various things I've read. I understand it to be best practice to store your transaction logs on a separate drive (spindle) than where you MDFs and NDFs are ...
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3answers
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What are the most effective techniques to reduce SQL Server disk space use when updating all rows in a very large table?

Given a SQL Server table with a large number of rows no columns with large-value data types multiple indexes more allocated space than available for the largest possible transaction log size a ...
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3answers
209 views

Encountered unexpected growth Transaction log file size

We are using SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard version, we created Maintenance plan Rebuild Index, Reorganized Index and update Statistic , Scheduled Every day at 1 AM. After Executing this Maintenance ...
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1answer
31 views

Transaction Log Backups on SQL Server

Running SQL2008 R2 SP2, database is in FULL Mode Is it Possible to shrink the transaction log without putting it into SIMPLE mode? Temporarily cannot take log backus and don't want it to grow until I ...
3
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1answer
144 views

How to pinpoint root cause of excessive log file growth

The log file stays pretty small (~500MB) until about 11PM, and at that point it begins growing until no disk space is available. The log file reached it's maximum size at 12:39AM, so the growth took ...
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1answer
81 views

SQL SERVER Virtual Log Files

I am new to SQL SERVER, could anyone please explain that why do we have VLFs' in T-LOG and why not have 1 T-log itself. I am aware that VLFs' are logical but my question is why VLFs'? what is the ...
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1answer
66 views

TEMPDB Log Files [duplicate]

Do I want to store the tempdb log files on the same drive as my user database log files, the same drive as the tempdb data file, or on a separate drive?
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1answer
29 views

Audit SQL Server database transactions

I found some column values have been changed on a table, I need to view when and who made these changes. I tried to read the transaction log backup file, but I didn't understand it and cannot find ...
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1answer
131 views

Why do I need Transaction logs at all [closed]

We use Microsoft SQL Server as a repository of images and data about those images. We record in real time and never care about recovery. If the database slows down and can't handle the number of ...
0
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2answers
69 views

Copying a restoring database in SQL Server 2012

I've got two SQL Servers, one of these servers (Server A) is backing up transaction logs on some database and uploading them to the other (Server B). Unfortunately I have no access to Server A, I ...
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2answers
109 views

Missing Transaction log in chain, Possible to skip

We have had one of our clients SQL Servers crash and need to restore it to the most recent possible time. We have a full backup from Monday and transaction logs that run every hour up until this ...
3
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0answers
293 views

Optimising a query against sys.fn_dblog

Looking for assistance improving a query. This query is used to review the last N transactions in the LDF file and then add some useful information like the user, start time, query text, etc.. Here ...
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0answers
51 views

Log shipping on secondary server

Log shipping fails with the below error. Sql agent on secondary server has access to the folder and files in security. It is not a firewall issue. I created the jobs using the LS scripts as it fails ...
3
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0answers
106 views

Why are we suddenly getting time-outs on multiple transactions? [closed]

Two days ago the transaction log filled up and my user's couldn't update or insert. One of my techs truncated the log, shrank the db, then did a full backup. The next day (Monday) we noticed that ...
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2answers
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How to Fix log_reuse_wait_desc=LOG_BACKUP? LOG Backup not possible

I checked sys.databases to find out which databases need LOG backups. It surprised me that I had quite a few where log_reuse_wait_desc=LOG_BACKUP meaning, the JOB I have set up to run LOG backups on ...
1
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1answer
174 views

Securely deleting data from SQL Server logs

Is there a good way to purge data from a particular DB's *.LDF? A little background... I'm a SysAd, not a DBA. I'm running SQL Server 2008 R2 for one of my applications and I'm not particularly ...
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2answers
74 views

Rebuilding index

I have a transaction database and one of nightly job is to rebuild indexes that followed by a log backup and then shrink the log. Is this safe to do so ? Thanks Antony
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1answer
390 views

DBCC loginfo contains thousands of VLF entries with status 2

I've inherited this huge SQL Server 2000 prod database and suddenly the transaction log ran out of space. The transaction log gets backed up every hour but I think over the weekend some existing jobs ...
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1answer
230 views

How to flush SQL Server database from RAM to hard disk?

As part of the nightly maintenance plan, my working MS SQL Server 2012 databases are backup-ed with options of simple recovery and full backup. Transaction log is not backup-ed. Also, at nights the ...
1
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1answer
139 views

Cannot shrink transaction log

Bit of a headscratcher here. I have a db that has less than 1GB of data, but a 40GB log file. Transaction logs are backed up daily, and there is not a lot of activity on this database; approximately ...
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2answers
169 views

Is an AWS SQL Server RDS “log capture” the same as a transaction log backup?

When an SQL Server RDS instance provided by Amazon is configured for a recovery model using Full transaction logging, will the transaction log be trimmed by the "transaction log capture" that Amazon ...
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2answers
257 views

Two Different Sources Taking Transaction Log Backups

I have inherited a database server with SQL Server 2005. The databases have full recovery mode with hourly transaction log backups. There are two sources taking full backups overnight and hourly ...
2
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2answers
105 views

Large number of VLF and shrinking the log

If there are lot number of VLF then it will effect the performance of the queries. I saw that solution is to shrink the log file. But shrinking the file is also bad. So how to take control of whole ...
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2answers
586 views

SQL Server transaction log backups: test whether tail log follows last known log backup

We are using SQL Server with full recovery mode. Given a full backup and a series of log backups, we would like to be able to check whether the log chain is complete from the last full backup to the ...
3
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1answer
306 views

How to troubleshoot db/app latency during transaction log backup

I have an application that uses a SQL server (2008 R2) database and we are periodically having performance problems with the application and it coincides with our 15-minute transaction log backups. ...
5
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1answer
165 views

My log file is large, what should I do? [duplicate]

My transaction log is larger than I'd like it to be, and I want to know how I can fix that.
8
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1answer
402 views

How important are transaction log VLFs for performance?

How important are VLFs when considering database performance? What would describe an optimal situation for VLFs?
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1answer
211 views

Sneaky rollback in SQL Server 2008 R2

Is it possible for an entire set of committed transactions to be rolled back in SQL Server 2008 R2 without any notification or logging anywhere? We had a set of data apparently get rolled back this ...
3
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2answers
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Difference between Full backup and Copy-only full backup

I saw in this link that full backup does not truncate the log. So what is the difference between full backup and copy-only full backup? For the log backup there is copy-only backup which prevent the ...
3
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3answers
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Transaction Log maintenance when switching to Simple Recovery

Background: I recently inherited 50+ SQL Servers with 450+ databases. The nightly backups are roughly 8TB and, needless to say, we're using more disk space than we'd like. All of the databases are ...
0
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1answer
90 views

SQL Server automatic transaction log truncation

Have looked through msdn but cant find answers to these: Any help much appreciated: In simple recovery mode: Is there any TSQL or alternative functionality that will provide a notification either ...
0
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2answers
165 views

Shrink transaction log while transaction in progress

I have a several-GB import into my SQL Server 2005 (Standard Edition) database. The import is separated into 4 parts, each part in its own transaction. As you can guess, the transaction log files ...
3
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2answers
325 views

How large will the Transaction Log backup be?

I encountered a production database of 12 GB with a log of 90 GB. Full and differential database backups are made with a third-party backup tool, but no one is backing up the transaction log so it got ...
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1answer
139 views

Can I decrypt TDE transaction log files for use with 3rd party software?

Is there a way to decrypt TDE log files on disk for use with 3rd party software? I have the original key and certificates. I am trying to use the transaction files with a 3rd party tool in order to ...
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2answers
411 views

Missing or lost transaction and no errors to show what went wrong

I have 2 missing records in SQL Server and I am trying to identify the problem that caused this issue. New records are inserted using a stored procedure, which will return an error code to the ...
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2answers
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SQL Server 2012 Simple Recovery Model with LOG_BACKUP log_reuse_wait_desc

While I'm doing my own investigation, does anyone know why a database in SIMPLE recovery model has a LOG_BACKUP for the log_reuse_wait_desc? SQL Server 2012 SP1. No replication, no mirroring, no log ...
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1answer
304 views

When performing a cross-database transaction, in which transaction log(s) is the information stored?

Given the following snippet: -- error checking omitted for brevity begin tran exec database1..my_stored_procedure exec database2..my_other_stored_procedure if (@@error <> 0) rollback ...
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5answers
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Shrinking the log file does not reduce size

I have a database which had mdf size of 350 MB and ldf size 4.9 GB When i try to shrink the log file it's not shrinking. I know shrinking a database is not good and it should not be done. But still i ...
3
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1answer
280 views

Does creating / updating statistics have an impact on the transaction log?

Does creating or updating statistics, assuming on a large table, create significant (or at all) transaction log churn? I would think not as it does not change the underlying data or structure. If it ...
6
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1answer
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Can I shrink the transaction log file on a mirror database?

This is a followup question to a previous question about why I couldn't shrink the log file on the principal database. To make a long story short, I setup database mirroring but forgot to make sure ...
5
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1answer
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How do I shrink the physical Transaction Log file when it's the principal in a mirror?

We setup database mirroring over the weekend, and forgot to re-enable the job that backs up the transaction logs. When I came in this morning, the transaction log had ballooned to 58GB, and was taking ...
3
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2answers
323 views

Time to apply transaction logs: does it matter how many logs?

When restoring from a backup in SQL Server, the procedure is to restore the .bak file and then apply any .trn files since the last full backup. Does it make a difference how many .trn files there ...
2
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2answers
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Reducing high VLF count

I have been using Brent Ozar's sp_blitz script to review our database setup and have found that the VLF count is high (13562!) on the primary DB since changing to Full recovery model. I ran a full ...
5
votes
1answer
212 views

When REBUILDing indexes on SQL Server, what bearing does tempdb & LOG disk speed have?

Say I have the a data disk that is 50x faster than the LOG and tempdb (measured by Random Write speed) disk. (Don't ask why that's something we'll be fixing if needed) I have a table that's got 19 ...
2
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1answer
90 views

Restoring a database back to a point in time before full backup was made

A problem with one of our database tables arose at the end of last week and I wanted to restore that database to a server in order to retrieve the table. We only have the last backup, and a full set ...
5
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1answer
279 views

SQL availability groups log maintenance

I have a AG with 2 nodes in a site in sync mode and 1 offsite in async mode. I'm having trouble understanding how the logspace is maintained in this scenario. For instance, I'm taking log backups ...