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How do I control ldf file growth in SQL Server 2000

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I have a customer with a SQL Server 2000 database that doesn't get much maintenence.  Every once in awhile the ldf file grows to big for the disk space and locks up the server.  Is there a way to automatically shrink the ldf file or minimize the file growth?  This is a daily backup database populated with DTS every night for easy access to yesterday's data if ever necessary.  It is not a production db.  
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by:Ephraim Wangoya
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Change the recovery mode to Simple and schedule regular backup of the log
This should keep it at a reasonable size
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by:Anthony Perkins
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>>Change the recovery mode to Simple and schedule regular backup of the log<<
I suspect you mean:
Change the recovery mode to Simple or schedule regular backup of the log

You cannot do both.
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Any recommendations on if either solution is easier to implement and/or more reliable as a solution to our problem?
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by:Ephraim Wangoya
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Either way should be fine
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by:woodwyn
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How does one set recovery mode to simple?
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Ephraim Wangoya earned 500 total points
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run this command

ALTER DATABASE [database name]
SET RECOVERY [SIMPLE]
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