Good day everyone. We have about 45 DBs in our environment and we were doing a full, differential, and log backup using Backup Exec. We had a situation with Backup Exec and we needed to backup using the SQL agent for a bit.

Well, we forgot about backing up the logs since the DBs were in full recovery mode. Now some of the log files are very large. We have since created a maintenance plan to backup the logs and the space used has gone down but the all of the space is still associated with the file.

Is there a simple way I can create a job that will run tonight to shrink all of the log files so they can release the space? If so, what impact will running this have on the SQL environment regarding other processes running at the same time?
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Brian CroweDatabase AdministratorCommented:
DROP TABLE #CommandQueue

CREATE TABLE #CommandQueue
    ID INT IDENTITY ( 1, 1 )
    , SqlStatement VARCHAR(1000)

INSERT INTO    #CommandQueue
    'USE [' + + '] DBCC SHRINKFILE (N''' + + ''' , 1)'
    sys.databases A
    INNER JOIN sys.master_files B
    ON A.database_id = B.database_id
WHERE NOT IN ( 'master', 'model', 'msdb', 'tempdb' )


FROM #CommandQueue

    DECLARE @sqlStatement VARCHAR(1000)
        @sqlStatement = SqlStatement
        ID = @id

    PRINT 'Executing ''' + @sqlStatement + '''...'

    EXEC (@sqlStatement)

    DELETE FROM #CommandQueue
    WHERE ID = @id

    SELECT @id = MIN(ID)
    FROM #CommandQueue

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mig1980Author Commented:
What will the above do? I see the drop table lines and it makes me a bit nervous.
Brian CroweDatabase AdministratorCommented:
The script simply cycles through each database on the server and executes...

DBCC SHRINKFILE (N'<file name>, 1)

...on each one.  The only table being dropped is the temp table created within the script to store the list of shrink commands to be executed.  This will basically shrink the log files down to their smallest possible size.  There will be some initial IO cost after the shrink as the log files expand but after a few log backups they will stabilize.
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mig1980Author Commented:
So I ran this query and it actually runs for both the data file and the log file. I only wanted the log file. Also, I receive an error stating...

"Cannot shrink log file 2 (DB_Log) because the logical log file located at the end of the file is in use."

for almost every log file. Any ideas?
Brian CroweDatabase AdministratorCommented:
To restrict the process to log files add one line to the WHERE clause in the #CommandQueue INSERT

WHERE B.type_desc = 'LOG'
    AND NOT IN ( 'master', 'model', 'msdb', 'tempdb' )

The "error" message you are receiving is likely due to a log file backup that is running.  You cannot shrink and backup at the same time so just run it the process again until you have all of the log files shrunk.  It won't hurt them to be shrunk repeatedly but if it causing the process to take too long then you can just add the ones that have completed to the NOT IN  list (shown in the example above) to exclude them from subsequent executions.

mig1980Author Commented:
Great solution. Problem solved.
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