I have a Database on SQL Server 2008, which I want to drop. Currently it is in single user mode and it is currently in use.

select * from sys.sysprocesses


Msg 924, Level 14, State 1, Line 1
Database 'G_MAIN_DE' is already open and can only have one user at a time.

and I do not know how to identify the session I have to kill.

An attempt to set it offline



Msg 5064, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
Changes to the state or options of database 'G_MAIN_DE' cannot be made at this time. The database is in single-user mode, and a user is currently connected to it.
Msg 5069, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
ALTER DATABASE statement failed.
  • Thought I would add, in SQL Server 2016, sp_who returns some rows but an error saying the database is already open and can only have one user, etc - but the rows returned do not show the session that is tying up the database. sp_who2 does not return any rows at all, but only the error. sp_whoisactive does not return rows either, but two messages "Warning: The join order has been enforced because a local join hint is used." and then the error about the database being open "and can only have one user at a time." - in case anyone searches for those 3 proc names. Commented Jul 30, 2020 at 0:10

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To identify the session currently using the database you can try

SELECT request_session_id
FROM   sys.dm_tran_locks
WHERE  resource_database_id = DB_ID('G_MAIN_DE') 
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you. Finally there is peace in our land. Commented Jan 13, 2016 at 15:48

This built-in stored procedure shows all connections to a database

exec sp_who2

And this query kills a connection to the database, for example connection SPID #53

exec kill 53
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    Note: The command is just kill 53, there's no exec at the beginning.
    – vaindil
    Commented May 4, 2018 at 21:05
  • why is this stored procedure sp_who2? what happened to sp_who? Is sp_who2 an updated version or something?
    – rpivovar
    Commented Dec 19, 2019 at 5:31
  • It can happen that sp_who, sp_who2 and sp_whoisactive fail to return any rows, but only show the same error about the database allowing only one user, etc. (Well actually sp_who does return some rows but no rows for the affected database). Commented Jul 30, 2020 at 0:13

The easiest thing to so is use SSMS Activity Monitor (Right-click server/Activity Monitor/Processes). Sort by Database. Kill whatever process has a hold onthe DB. You might also want to issue the kill command right before you set the DB to single-user and do the drop.


if above process is not working,then go to services and kill the sqlservices in taskmanger. Then will be able to set to multiuser.

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