Microsoft SQL 2000 database on Server 2003
My support people told me to "shrink my database". I know how to perform this action but would like to know what to expect and what I should consider before doing this action as I have never done it on a live database. I have only done this to static access databases. I have 160G free on my server.
My database is currently 115G and should be around 30G. My .ldf file ballooned from a normal of around 5G to 85G. So I called the people who support the application which I am running and their support people said to shrink the database after a good backup. My backup executed successfully last night.
1. Is shrinking a database this big going to eliminate access to the database for an extended period of time?
2. When I do shrink the database what options are recommended:
Maximum free space in files after shrinking: "default is 0%"
Move pages to beginning of file before shrinking "unchecked"
3. Also is it recommended to leave the main database alone .mdf and only shrink the .ldf file?