Posted on 2011-03-23
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
Hey experts, I've read about
but i do not understand
 I would like to know the difference between SERIALIZABLE and SNAPSHOT
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SNAPSHOT will take a snaphshot of the table(s) involved for the transaction, so you will keep to get the same information, whatever the other sessions are doing. the other sessions are not blocked whatsoever
SERIALIZABLE will block/delay all the others to do anything on the same objects you lock until your transaction is completed. this is a very strong locking, and needs to be used carefully

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angelIII... the SNAPSHOT need more space to do their SNAPSHOT?
 and when you delete that copy?. Could you explain a little more about SNAPSHOT
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the snapshot is only "virtual", means that there is no snapshot data unless you try to access tables which are getting modified (by other processes). in short, the snaphot is only a list of data blocks that have been modified since you started the "snapshot transaction", so as long as the transaction is short, there will be almost no "changes" stored for "your snapshot".
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In Snapshot Isolation level updated row versions for each transaction are maintained in TempDB.
After transaction has begun, it ignores all the newer rows inserted or updated in your table.

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