Transaction log is a list/history of modification executed by a database management system to guarantee ACID properties over crashes or hardware failures.

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Transaction Log Truncation with Copy Only

I have a database backup job set to use full backup with the Copy only option on once daily. The copy only is on because from what I have read that is the only way to backup a database that is ...
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Tempdb change settings and recommendation

In my production database I have below configuration in TempDb and needless to say I am facing a lot of IO issues on the drive . So, as per recommendation I am planning to change it Change #1 ...
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Large Transaction Backup

On my SQL database I run a full backup at 6am and transactional backups every 15 minutes on week days starting at 8am. Every Monday the first transactional backup is 7 Gb. I want to know why, my ...
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Differential/T-Log LSN question

So, this is now my third question on this topic. I just keep finding more and more than i want to know and understand about how FULL recovery works. We transitioned a database to FULL yesterday by ...
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Transaction log is full due to 'CHECKPOINT' for DB in simple recovery model

For one of our DB's on SQL server 2012 RTM, We could not perform almost any troubleshooting step as the error says: " Transaction log is full due to 'CHECKPOINT" This being a dev database, its ...
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IO request time and less write latency

I am facing issues related to constantly growing log file due to which I am getting error. When I checked SQL Log I found below messages (error log is filled of these messages almost 90%) SQL ...
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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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Why can't I read my transaction log backup file using fn_dump_dblog?

I'm using this blog on sqlskills.com as a guide to practice finding the relevant LSN in a transaction log backup for point in time recovery. After backing up the transaction log, I attempt to read it ...
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Issue shrinking dev sql server DB's log file

I have a development db that's running on sql 2014 in 2012 compatibility that I'm having an issue with trying to shrink the log file. The mdf is 60+gb and the log is 80+gb but since it's dev like ...
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Does it make sense to use full recovery if the data and log files are on the same HD?

We have a database that was set up to use full recovery and my guess is that the reasoning was only to prevent data loss if a failure happened between full backups. We make daily full backups of the ...
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What is the undo pass that SQL Server does during a RESTORE WITH STANDBY operation?

It's my understanding that SQL Server generates undo files when applying a restore to a database using the RESTORE WITH STANDBY. From the MSDN documentation (Emphasis mine): The standby file is ...
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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 ...
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SQL Server 2008 Query Saved in Logs?

Every time I create a query and run it to create a report I save the query in my Projects folder in case I have to rerun the query in the future or if I have to modify it for any reason but it seems ...
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Question about logging architecture

I understand that when (for example) an update is issued, the data pages are first read into the buffer pool, locks are acquired and changes are written out to the log file in the buffer, then the log ...
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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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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 ...
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Does blocking always mean open transaction?

This may seem a bit dull question but does blocking always mean that there is open transaction and that may cause transaction log grow to infinity because open transaction prevents log truncation ...
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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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When are Archived Redo Logs generated?

We have an instance in Oracle 10g. Only one schema is used for a web application (Internet-facing), which is only user for reading information, no adding or modifying data. The rest of schemas are ...
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SQL Server restore from transaction log

In SQL Server 2005, if you have a database with no backup - but it is running in full recovery mode - is it possible to "roll back" some deletes? If yes - how?
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Disable SQL Server Log Shipping to nonexistent destination

I am administering a SQL Server 2008 instance in a dev environment. At some point before I became an administrator, someone enabled log shipping from one of the databases on this dev instance to ...
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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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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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How to monitor SQL Server data and log file growth?

I'm trying to find a way to monitor data and log file size from SQL Server databases (within an SQL Server instance). I would not want to use third party tools, but simply pure SQL or PowerShell. I ...
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How to minimize log operations in SQL Server to avoid “log full” error

I have a database in production which constantly get log file filled, its a data warehouse and have many jobs/queries running for obvious. Below is the error which I am getting Msg 9002, Level 17, ...
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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. ...
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Log File Management - Space on Disk

At our organisation we have several non-Production environments where Developers run free and wild with TSQL code and databases. The DBA team do not normally monitor or maintain them. Recently several ...
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Is this procedure to Failover to Logshipped secondary and Fail back again procedure correct?

I have a primary database in Amsterdam (AMDB), and a secondary in London (LNDB). I want to fail over from AMDB, to LNDB and then back again, without having to make another full backup (because the ...
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Database is happily available even during log growth?

I’ve been creating a process to go through all our databases and analyze the log structure, backup, shrink, and resize appropriately taking operational requirements and VLF sizing/amount into account. ...
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Tail Log backup when doing a restore?

Typically when doing a restore of a DB from a production server to a non-production server I will use the WITH REPLACE option as when I forget I get an error about the tail log not being backed up. ...
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What is the differnent between transaction log and redo log in MySQL

I have read about MySQL. In my opinion, I see two log type is very similar. MySQL save how and when data is changed in log. Information is used for recovery of MySQL. I am confusing the function of ...
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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 ...
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Simple model database transaction log full 'CHECKPOINT'

I have a SQL Server 2012 SP1 database which has a problem that the transaction log is full. It consists of a single data file and a single log file, both about 800MB. I had 5GB free disk space, and ...
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Implement Log Shipping in prod env

We have a 3.5 TB DB which is already involved in log shipping to two different servers, as one will be in restore sate only and one will be in stand by mode which helps for reporting needs. All three ...
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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 ...
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SQL Server transaction log - shrinking and reattaching

I have the next scenario in SQL Server 2008: one big database (production DB). I want to backup this db then restore it on another server. Then I do some delete operation from some big tables. After ...
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Will removing a 2nd log file break log shipping?

We have a large database 200GB+ to which we added a second log file to cater for growth during an upgrade. This is now no longer needed so we want to remove it. Normally this would be a simple ALTER ...
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PostgreSQL WAL Archiving: Does having archive_mode set to 'on' without copying logs cause performance issues?

Using PostgreSQL 8.4/CentOS 6: if I set the archive_mode parameter to on in postgresql.conf, but don't actually store the generated WAL files anywhere via the archive_command parameter, is there any ...
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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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SQL Server Troubleshooting Replication and Long-Running fn_dblog query

I am trying to get (pull) Transactional Replication working again for a subscriber. Currently, in Replication Monitor I am seeing messages in the Publisher to Distributor tab and the Distributor to ...
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Shrink a large log file for a “Throw Away” database

I have a copy of my prod database on a development server. I am using it to test a deployment script. But when I run it, it says that the log file is full. I checked and it is at 10 GB (Almost the ...
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Deleting rows from a table with a very small amount of expansion space

I have multiple tables that I have backed up the data in, and now am deleting the old data for the time, archiving is not an option due to space constraints at this time. I have tried running the ...
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ASPState Log file growing tremendously - SQL Server 2008

Microsoft SQL Server 2008 (SP3) - 10.0.5500.0 (X64) Web Edition (64-bit) on Windows NT 6.1 (Build 7601: Service Pack 1) I have an ASPState database online, and its log file ASPState_log is growing ...
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Transaction Log Backups

I am working on backup+recovery scenario and I came across a situation where I could not figure out how I would have to deal with it. We have couple databases where sometimes there may not be any ...
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How do you create a job in SQL server 2008 R2 that will clear transaction logs?

I have created a maintenance plan in SQL Server 2008 to delete transaction logs backups older than 3 days. Every day I look in the folder designated and the logs are still there. The job states it has ...
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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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Running out of Transaction Log space during Alter Table

I'm running an alter table, alter column on a table with nearly 30 million rows and SQL Azure fails after approximately 18 minutes saying that The session has been terminated because of excessive ...
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Transaction Log file .ldf is too small

Current database is almost 200GB however the transaction log file is only 4.1GB. I am worried if this influences the performance of databse and how could it be solved. When I do this query DECLARE ...
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SQL Server 2008, switching to simple recovery mode

Currently our transaction log is 50 GB; impressive huh? I want to switch to simple recovery mode and remove the transaction log entirely. Do I need to stop any user activity and detach the database. ...
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How to do a one-time log shrink on a database with transactional replication

I have inherited a 10 GB database with an 80 GB log [only 3% in use according to DBCC SQLPERF(logspace)]. It seems safe to assume the extreme log growth was due to problems from long before I was ...