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How to Shrink SQL Server database log files?

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How to Shrink SQL Server database log files?
Database Logs should be truncated whenever you perform a full backup of the database. You can also manually truncate them as follows.


DECLARE @strDatabaseName nvarchar(255)
SET @strDatabaseName = 'YourDatabaseName' 
DBCC SHRINKDATABASE (@strDatabaseName, 0)--Parameters are Database Name & Target %

It was tested in SQL Server 2005 & it's working. It was also tested in SQL 2008 & it's working too.

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Why won't my transaction log shrink?[^]


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GeneralReason for my vote of 1 Not a good advice Pin
msmits10-Jan-11 3:08
membermsmits10-Jan-11 3:08 
GeneralReason for my vote of 4 Good Tip....... Pin
Vivek Johari6-Jan-11 17:30
memberVivek Johari6-Jan-11 17:30 
General@HLogic: Hi it's just a Tip/Trick so I just entered script o... Pin
thatraja4-Jan-11 15:52
mvpthatraja4-Jan-11 15:52 
GeneralReason for my vote of 1 Log files do not need to be truncate... Pin
HLogic4-Jan-11 15:20
memberHLogic4-Jan-11 15:20 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 ok log Pin
ronal74-Jan-11 10:55
memberronal74-Jan-11 10:55 
GeneralReason for my vote of 5 its good tip Pin
Pranay Rana3-Jan-11 0:32
memberPranay Rana3-Jan-11 0:32 
GeneralYou shouldn't shrink whenever you do a full backup... Pin
msmits10-Jan-11 3:06
membermsmits10-Jan-11 3:06 
GeneralRe: You shouldn't shrink whenever you do a full backup... Pin
thatraja10-Jan-11 5:20
mvpthatraja10-Jan-11 5:20 
msmits wrote:
...unless your database is not growing anyways and you need the space.

Dude you right. But this is just a Tip/Trick not an Article/Blog otherwise I would be explained all other things with screen-shots if possible. This one is just to know about how to shrink the database log files, that's all. So here I think only script is enough.

Anyway I appreciate your explanation.

Also I'm publishing some more things in CP this month so please keep an eye always. I want your suggestions.

Thank you.

Cheers dude.
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