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SQL Server 2005 - Truncate/Shrink Log File

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Hi,

I have a .LDF log file which currently stands at 88GB and still growing.

I found a previous thread on this topic which I think details what I need to do in order to shrink this file:

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Development/MS-SQL-Server/Q_20092260.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+30+ldf+sql+truncat

However, I am literally a beginner on this subject with no SQL experience what so ever.

I tried running this command from "SQLCMD" but it doesn't work, I'm obviously doing something wrong.

I was hoping someone could offer a step by step guide on what I need to do?

For instance, where do i run the command "DBCC SHRINKFILE (<filename>,<target size>, TRUNCATEONLY)"??

SQL Server version is 2005.

Many thanks.
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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>I tried running this command from "SQLCMD" but it doesn't work

error is?
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Check your database recovery model first by ... right click on Database Name -> Options section -> Recovery Model

If it is "Full" , you need to perform either database backup, or transacion log backup first
in order to able to shrink logfile.
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Thanks for the quick replies.

AngelIII - The error was "DBCC - Unknown option"

JoeNuvo - The database recovery model is set to "Full".  When you say back up the database, do you mean in terms of having a copy in the event it goes wrong, or is it an "Sql prerequisite" that I run some sort of backup procedure before I can shrink the database?

Thanks again.
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can you show a screenshot of how you try to run this?
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If you are a beginner, use the SQL Management Studio - it saves you having to get the syntax right.

Start by performing a Transaction log backup - right click on the database, select Tasks and then Backup.  You should be able to work it out from there.  You may need to add a Device - its just a file to backup to.  You need to do this in order to release the transactions in the Transaction log on the theory that it may need them to restore the database to something sensible following a failure.

Then use the Shrink  option on that same Tasks menu.  I find it more effective to use the 'Files' option and select the individual file.

You can prevent the transaction log growing too much by scheduling a regular Transaction Log backup - maybe every 10 minutes, some databases need it more frequently.  This is good practise anyway as it allows you to restore more accurately in the event of a failure

Hope that helps

Thanks

Alex Heddell
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Aheddell - Perfect! This is exactly the type of info I wanted!  Database is backing up as I type.  Thanks

Thanks to others who replied also.
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