I'm helping a friend troubleshoot an issue with a SQL 2008 R2 database that is sitting behind SharePoint. Currently, SQL is loaded on a server that is using RAID 1 for the OS (13GB space free) and RAID 5 for data (O GB free).
There are 8 log files totaling approximately 100 GB (6-11 GB per file). The automated backups stopped running over a month ago b/c the log files kept growing and maxed out the space on the RAID 5 array. We tried to shrink the logfile, but that option is grayed out in SSMS (possibly b/c the log file has not committed?). The drive bays in the server and motherboard will not support additional drives. Can I plug in a USB drive and backup the log file to the USB drive?
I'm looking for options to backup, shrink, the log file so that we can get SharePoint, SQL backonline, and then adjust the backup strategy longer term to prevent this from happening again.
Appreciate your feedback!