This is a follow-on to this question a few years ago Splitting Existing Partitions in SQL 2014 where now there are partition years for 2011 all the way to 2021.
I need to archive partitions 2011 to 2015 by moving the data from these partitions to a new table/database, and then archive this database, and remove the partitions for 2011 to 2015 from the original Log table.
I'm successfully moving the data out to a Log_Archive table with the following statement.
ALTER TABLE dbo.Log SWITCH PARTITION $PARTITION.pfYearlyPartition_Log('20120101') TO dbo.Log_Archive PARTITION $PARTITION.pfYearlyPartition_Log_Archive('20120101');
What I'm not sure of is how I now remove that partition from the Log table, as it's still there but with 0 rows within it. Can someone advise? You can see below I've successfully moved the data from Log to Log_Archive but I'm left with 0 rows in the original Log table that I want to remove.
I'm hoping I don't need to re-partition the whole table as it's very large.