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sql 2005 - Last Time Table Used in Query

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Does SQL store the last date-time a table was part of a query?  

I'm trying to determine which tables are not being used and I would like to not bother asking about tables used on a daily basis, but ask about tables not used in months.
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Question by:dastaub
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Not directly.  However, some of this can be derived from the standard reports by database.  Use the Index Usage Statistics report as a good starting surrogate for this - if there is a table that hasn't had any index usage (assuming the table has an index), it likely has not been touched for the same time.  This value is only maintained since the last restart of the SQL Server, though.
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Bhavesh Shah earned 500 total points
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Hi,

Check out this link.

this will help you.

Sample code

USE AdventureWorks
GO
CREATE TABLE Test
(ID INT,
COL VARCHAR(100))
GO
INSERT INTO Test
SELECT 1,'First'
UNION ALL
SELECT 2,'Second'
GO


SELECT OBJECT_NAME(OBJECT_ID) AS DatabaseName, last_user_update,*
FROM sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats
WHERE database_id = DB_ID( 'AdventureWorks')
AND OBJECT_ID=OBJECT_ID('test')

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Link
http://blog.sqlauthority.com/2009/05/09/sql-server-find-last-date-time-updated-for-any-table/


- Bhavesh
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by:dastaub
ID: 37792314
Below is code from supplied link.  It can get the data needed.
select
 t.name
 ,user_seeks
 ,user_scans
 ,user_lookups
 ,user_updates
 ,last_user_seek
 ,last_user_scan
 ,last_user_lookup
 ,last_user_update
 from
 sys.dm_db_index_usage_stats i JOIN
 sys.tables t ON (t.object_id = i.object_id)
 where
 database_id = db_id()
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