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The best way to disbale the database

Posted on 2011-03-17
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What's the best way to disable the database so that it is still available to manually run querries on but so that if it is not used it does not consume server resources?
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by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
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you can change the database to be READ_ONLY:
http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa275464%28v=sql.80%29.aspx
ALTER DATABASE your_db SET READ_ONLY

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however, it will nevertheless need resources to run those queries, and the data queries will stay for some time in the cache.
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by:YZlat
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any other ways? I need to make sure that no scheduled tasks for that database run. I disabled them but it still shows that the database takes up resources
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by:Daniel_PL
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ALTER DATABASE <dbname> SET OFFLINE
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by:Daniel_PL
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With forcing rollback:
ALTER DATABASE <dbname> SET RESTRICTED_USER WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE
ALTER DATABASE <dbname> SET OFFLINE WITH ROLLBACK IMMEDIATE
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Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 250 total points
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you can indeed put the database offline, but then you cannot query "manually" unless you put it back online.

> but it still shows that the database takes up resources
how do you see that?

indeed, scheduled tasks are not "aware" of the source database being "offline", so they will still run (unless disabled), and run into error.

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by:YZlat
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@angelIII what I meant by "scheduled tasks" is scheduled jobs

@Daniel_PL what exactly will set offline do for the database?
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by:Daniel_PL
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Database in oofline state is not available to any query against it - except of system views.
What do you mean by consume server resources?
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by:YZlat
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meaning some programs (old ones that people didn't uninstall for some reason) are still running queries against that database. I would like to disable that but allow myself to run queriees occasionally using Management studio
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by:Daniel_PL
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Ok, I see, you have these options:

ALTER DATABASE your_db SET READ_ONLY  --database can be queried by all users, no changes are available

ALTER DATABASE <dbname> SET RESTRICTED_USER --database is available only to sysadmin or dbcreator server roles, or users with the db_owner database role in that db

ALTER DATABASE <dbname> SET SINGLE_USER --only one single connection can be established
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