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Enterprise Manager database size reports

I see in my Enterprise Manager that for one of the databases it shows the size as 60 Mb. and space available as 57 MB; that means there is only 3 MB of data. So can I control this size to be near 3 MB in my case? I mean this free space to 1 or 2 percent of the size of actual data? Thanks in advance.

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The database size Enterprise Manager reports includes both the data files and the transaction logs, every database has at least one PRIMARY data file and one transaction log file; optionally the database may also have secondary data files. There is a choice between shrinking either the entire database or individual files. To shrink the database use DBCC SHRINKDATABASE(database_name, target_percent), target_percent is the amount of free space to leave in the database (ex. DBCC SHRINKDATABASE(Northwind, 2)). To shrink an individual file use DBCC SHRINKFILE(logical_file_name, target_size), target_size is the size in Mb. -- ex. DBCC SHRINKFILE (Northwind_Log, 3). To control the growth of the database use the ALTER DATABASE command to set the percent growth(ex. ALTER DATABASE myDB MODIFY FILE (NAME = DataFile1, FILEGROWTH = 2%)). Another consideration for controlling the size of the database is ensuring the transaction log is backed up and/or truncated regularly. The use of the database -- transactional versus reporting -- and acceptable level of data loss govern how the transact log is backed up.

For further information look in Books On Line for...

  • Choosing a Backup and Restore Strategy (entire section)


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This was first published in June 2001

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