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How to empty the transaction log file?

If for some reason the transaction log became too large, like 20GB for a 3GB database, or contains leftover from various processes such as replication, you can empty it quickly the following ways.

A. Exit users, Backup database

B. Change database to SIMPLE recovery model

C. In SSMS Object Explorer Perform Shrink Database Files for log

You can also use script:

USE [AdventureWorks2008]

GO

DBCC SHRINKFILE (N'AdventureWorks2008_Log' , 0, TRUNCATEONLY)

GO

The following method works even if dbcc shrinkdatabase or dbcc shrinkfile fails :

1. Exit users

2. Check for open transactions with dbcc opentran - resolve if any

3. Backup the database (full backup) with verification

4. Detach the database in Object Explorer

5. Rename the transaction log file (discard later e.g. in a week)

6. Attach the database in OE (remove "not found" .ldf file)

7. Perform dbcc checkdb

8. Backup database with verification

9. Open database for users

An empty log file will be created upon attach. Database should be fully operational.

Related articles:

How to: Shrink a Database (SQL Server Management Studio)

Recover from a full transaction log in a SQL Server database

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DATETIME SELECT SELECT INTO DATE PAD STRING DYNAMIC SQL CURSOR MONEY FORMAT PERCENT STORED PROCEDURE SQL SERVER AGENT JOB OPTIMIZATION WHILE LOOP OVER PARTITION BY UPDATE