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DB transaction log file on a shared hosting service


DB transaction log file on a shared hosting service

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matt6749 (7/30/2014)
Well, after a crash course in log files, thanks to everyone here, here's what I believe I have to do:

My hosting company limits my combined db + log size to 400mb.
Db is in Simple recovery mode.
The log still grew to over 400mb with the last run of my transactions. Using explicit transactions (BEGIN TRANS..COMMIT) did not help this.
So I've concluded that I HAVE to shrink the log (unfortunately) after I run these transactions (weekly).
After shrinking I will rebuild the indexes to help reduce the fragmentation.
I can't see any other way to handle this.
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Is there any way you can decrease the size of your transactions? That's pretty restrictive sizing from the hosting company.

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Are backups included in the size of your data+log? If not, I'd try to reduce transactions, as Jason mentioned, and have frequent backups.

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matt6749 (7/30/2014)
After shrinking I will rebuild the indexes to help reduce the fragmentation.


I have some pretty bad news for you. Rebuilding the indexes will reduce fragmentation, but will increase the size of your log file again and possibly increase the size of your data file (if that has been shrunk smaller than the database wants it to be).

It sounds to me that your hosting company is restricting your size based on how much money for space your company is paying. Chances are you'll have to get your boss and the finance guy involved in this to bargain with the hosting company for more space. And if the hosting company is restricting size on other factors (not based on money) that's a whole 'nother ball of wax.

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Shrinking the log file has absolutely no affect on the data indexes and their fragmentation. You would only need to check on index rebuilds if you shrink the data portion of the database. And with only ~100MB of data, shrinking it is basically a waste of time.

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