I have a data set pulled from sys.master_files. The data set looks something like this:

database_id filename         physical_name data_space_id
----------- ---------------- ------------- -------------
6           PRIMARY_06       some location 1
6           primary_09       some location 1
21          PRIMARY_01       some location 1
26          PRIMARY_01       some location 1
52          PRIMARY_01       some location 1
75          PRIMARY_01       some location 1

I would like to join in the FILEGROUP name to this dataset. It should just be a matter of joining on database_id and data_space_id, but I can't seem to find a function or system view analogous to sys.master_files for filegroups/dataspaces.

The brute force method would be to create this list as a temporary lookup using sp_MSForEachDB, but I would like to know if there's a better way.

  • Well there's definitely a better way than sp_MSforeachdb. sqlblog.org/2020/08/04/… It's also trivial to write your own dynamic SQL that unions the output of the filegroup information from each database. You could also create a view that looks like a catalog view and performs this union manually - feasibility depends I guess on how often you add/drop databases. Mar 4, 2013 at 19:04
  • Another sp_MsForEachdb replacement, with no cursors this time: spaghettidba.com/2011/09/09/a-better-sp_msforeachdb Mar 4, 2013 at 22:44

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Sorry. Afraid not. you have to query sys.filegroups and/or sys.data_spaces in each database.

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