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How to read LDF file? sql 2000


How to read LDF file? sql 2000

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How can I read LDF file? My table is missing from database, and I want to know how it has been removed. Therefore I need to read the transactions registered in LDF file
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For SQL 2000 you can get SQLLogRescue from Redgate (it's free), but depending how long ago the table was dropped, it may not be in the tran log any longer

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Many thanks for your prompt response. I installed it and used it to read the LDF file. Now the problem is that although I am sure that the Table was created many years ago, the transactions shown start from 09/01/2012 10:41 and the table is dropped between 4:00 AM and 6:30 AM on 09/01/2012
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Then the drop table log records are no longer in the transaction log (its a transaction log for database recovery, not an audit log) and, unless you had some other form of auditing you won't be able to tell who dropped it.

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I agree with Gail in your case.

Just for your reference, you may keep this link handy for future use.

Finding out who dropped the table using transaction log

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But you have a good backup you can go to and retrieve everything, right?

If not, why not?

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Grant Fritchey (1/11/2012)
But you have a good backup you can go to and retrieve everything, right?

If not, why not?


Yes Grant, absolutely :-)

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The fn_dblog function helps in reading SQL Server transaction logs. see here: https://www.mssqltips.com/sqlservertip/3076/how-to-read-the-sql-server-database-transaction-log/
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