So I'm trying to understand why are having occasional problems with tempdb filling up with version store entries. I'm closing in on the problem, and am now seeing entries in dm_tran_active_snapshot_database_transactions, but I don't understand why the entries are there. The databases in question do not have ALLOW_SNAPSHOT_ISOLATION or READ_COMMITTED_SNAPSHOT enabled. Checking the transaction via dm_tran_active_transactions I can see the following properties:

transaction_begin_time (90 minutes ago)
transaction_type 1
transaction_state 2
transaction_status 0
transaction_status2 258
dtc_state 0
dtc_status 0
dts_isolation_level -1

Any ideas how to troubleshoot this in a methodical manner?

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Perhaps triggers are involved, which use the version store to provide the before/after row images exposed by the inserted and deleted virtual tables. As a first step, check active queries using the version store based on the session_id:

SELECT sql_text.text 
FROM sys.dm_tran_active_snapshot_database_transactions AS tranactions
JOIN sys.dm_exec_requests AS requests ON requests.session_id = tranactions.session_id
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_exec_sql_text(requests.plan_handle) AS sql_text;

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