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MSSQL Server Log Current vs. Archive

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By default my SQL 2005 DB server keeps the current SQL Server Log and 6 Archives.  As I look at the archives, there doesn't seem to be any clear indicator of what time frame those logs would cover.  The amount of logs, date range for each log etc seems to be variable.

What triggers SQL to decide to start a new log?  

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From MSDN:

A new error log is created each time an instance of SQL Server is started, although the sp_cycle_errorlog system stored procedure can be used to cycle the error log files without having to restart the instance of SQL Server. Typically, SQL Server retains backups of the previous six logs and gives the most recent log backup the extension .1, the second most recent the extension .2, and so on. The current error log has no extension.
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The log is cycled when the sql service is restarted.  The number of log files can be set and by default is 6.  

More information:

" Increase SQL Server log history threshold in order to maintain logs for a longer amount of time.

Under the Management folder, right-click on SQL Server Logs and select Configure. By default SQL Server will keep 6 error logs before they are recycled. I increase this to 99, which is the maximum value."

From Ken Simmons at:
http://www.sqlservercentral.com/articles/Administration/64732/
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I have scheduled a DBCC ERRORLOG command on all my servers to force the cycling, as I restart the sql servers only rarely...
http://www.sql-server-performance.com/tips/dbcc_commands_p1.aspx
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Thank all for the info.
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