make a history of database size (aprox) using backup history..

how can you spin a query from msdb that can give approx. size of DB how it was historically.
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25112Author Commented:
msdb has history for 6 years.. so maybe a rpt like this for every first of month:

Jan 1 2012: ___GB
Feb 1 2012: ___GB
Mar 1 2012: ___GB
Apr 1 2012: ___GB
etc

the GB___ can be approx.

is this the only way to gauge the historical db size (without having profiled it periodically, which would been ideal)
Deepak ChauhanSQL Server DBACommented:
Yes this is the best way to track the actual database size history.

select database_name, backup_size, compressed_backup_size , 
backup_start_date, backup_finish_date
from msdb.dbo.backupset where type='D'
order by backup_finish_date desc

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25112Author Commented:
thanks.. now that is the compressed backup size, right? is there a way to deduce the actual db  size?
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Vitor MontalvãoMSSQL Senior EngineerCommented:
backup_size should return the db size. It's already in the select above.
25112Author Commented:
thanks.
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