database in simple recovery mode with huge transaction log file

I have a database that was recently changed from full recovery mode to simple recovery mode.
jan 26th it was changed.

the transaction log file for this db is 25 gig.  I thought the transaction log would be minimized after a day or so but it has not.
I have also run the checkpoint command against the db.

any suggestions?
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Scott PletcherConnect With a Mentor Senior DBACommented:
The last record in use in the log must be around the ~8GB byte location in the log file.  SQL can't remove active log records, obviously, and it won't copy log records to new locations.

Wait a while, then try again.  By then the log writes should of looped around to the front of the log file, allowing you to shrink from the end of the file back.

But at least the log is down to 8GB from 25GB :-) .
Aneesh RetnakaranConnect With a Mentor Database AdministratorCommented:
>I thought the transaction log would be minimized after a day
Unless you are taking the Transaction log backups, it will continue to grow.  Since it is already 25GB, you should take a full bckup, change the recovery model to simple and shrink the log file. then change it back to Full recovery.
Schedule a TL backup run every 15min - 1 hr depending on the traffic  and how critical the data is .
Scott PletcherConnect With a Mentor Senior DBACommented:
First, check to see if something is keeping SQL from reusing existing log space:

SELECT name, log_reuse_wait_desc
FROM sys.databases
WHERE name = '<your_db_name>'
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Scott PletcherConnect With a Mentor Senior DBACommented:
Also, SQL should truncate the log when in simple recovery mode ... but "truncate" as SQL uses it is not quite its natural meaning.  A log "truncate" just means that the space is marked as reusable, but not that the log file has been "shrunk".

To shrink the log -- i.e. release the disk space -- you must explicitly enter a command(s) to do that.  SQL doesn't automatically shrink log files (unless you have AUTO_SHRINK ON, in which case you should immediately turn it off!, since it's terrible for performance).

Since the log is probably very fragmented, it's usually best to do a max shrink and then grow the log back to the size you want.

For example, say you want to get the log down to 4GB.  Issue these commands:

--if you don't know the logical log file name, copy it from the first column of this output:
USE <your_db_name>
EXEC sp_helpfile

USE <your_db_name>

ALTER DATABASE <your_db_name> MODIFY FILE ( NAME = <logical_log_file_name>, SIZE = 4GB )
jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
I keep getting an error
here is my command

alter database test
modify file (name=test.ldf, size = 1gb)

the error points to the period between test and ldf
the thing is the mdf and ldf files are the exact same name except they have the different extensions.
Scott PletcherConnect With a Mentor Senior DBACommented:
It needs to be the logical file name, not the physical file name.

--if you don't know the logical log file name, you can copy it from the first column of this output:
 USE <your_db_name>
 EXEC sp_helpfile

If that is the logical name, then put brackets around it:

alter database test
 modify file (name=[test.ldf], size = 1gb)
jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
getting a different error message now

Msg 5039, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
MODIFY FILE failed. Specified size is less than or equal to current size.

output of dbcc shrinkfile (2)
DbId      FileId      CurrentSize      MinimumSize      UsedPages      EstimatedPages
77      2      995632                          6400                          995632                           6400

when I look at test.ldf in windows explorer it has a size of 7,965,056 kb
jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
the name in the first column from the output of exec sp_helpfile is
row 1 column 1
row 2 column 1
jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
the test file is a file I am using to test the shrink log file before I use it on the production file which is still 25 gig.
im practicing on the test file first.

neither one has changed

sorry about that...
jamesmetcalf74Author Commented:
holy crap it worked
Scott PletcherSenior DBACommented:
You seem surprised ;-)
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