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Find space occupied by all tables and indexes

Here's a quick way to find the space occupied by all tables and indexes in a SQL Server 2000 database.

Here is a quick way to find the space occupied by all tables and indexes in a SQL Server 2000 database. This is an invaluable tool for DBAs for capacity planning.

Just execute the following script in the database you want to check statistics for:

sp_msforeachtable 'sp_spaceused "?"'
The script makes use of the undocumented Microsoft stored procedure sp_msforeachtable that executes the same command for every table in the database. The "?" serves as a placeholder for the table name and sp_spaceused is a built-in stored procedure that displays the space used by a table.

There is another very useful undocumented Microsoft stored procedure called sp_msforeachdb that will perform the same command for every database on the server. You can run a DBCC CHECKDB command on all databases with this simple script:

EXEC sp_Msforeachdb "DBCC checkdb ('?')"  

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This was last published in November 2003

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