MessageHandler Database in SQL way too large

Posted on 2016-09-21
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I have a database in SQL Server 2008 that is reporting it is 1.5GB when the actual size is a fraction of that.

EXEC sp_spaceused reports that the database is 1533.07MB

EXEC sp_msforeachtable 'EXEC sp_spaceused [?];' reports the following sizes;
MessageBacklog 400KB
activejobs - 4832KB
queuelog - 1496KB

Does anyone know why the size of the file is 1.5GB? Is there a way to reduce this?

EDIT: I attached an image of the size results.

Question by:filtrationproducts
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by:Vitor Montalvão
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The size of a database is all objects plus transaction log.
The size of the tables is data plus indexes.
With that said, isn't linear sum as you did.

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Is there a way to identify the object or transaction log that is taking up the space and if possible how would I reduce the size?
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Is there a way to identify the object or transaction log that is taking up the space and if possible how would I reduce the size?
Transaction log stores all transactions that were performed on the database. If it's big then I guess your database is in Full Recovery Model and not performing any Transaction Log backup. After a TLog backup the logs will be truncated but the file will keep the same size. To reduce the file size you'll need to shrink it.

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I checked, and the database is using the Simple Recovery model.

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