End an ALTER DATABASE immediately if anyone is in the database.


The development team has told me they’ve shut down the application, there are no more connections and I can go ahead and set the database to SINGLE_USER, or maybe RESTRICTED_USER before running various processes on it. I check and low and behold, no connections.

Great! I go ahead and start up my script and after 30 seconds maybe a minute later I’m starting to wonder if maybe there is in fact still a connection. I kill my script, check and yep, there’s a connection. Must have been made between the time when I checked and started my script. I check in with the development team and this time they assure me there won’t be another connection.

But there was.

If this strikes a bit too close to home for you then you need to look at the ROLLBACK clause. It’s great for killing and rolling back all of the current connections before making my change.

But this is a pretty sensitive app and if there’s something running I have to let it finish. No ROLLBACK allowed. But I’m also not going to wait forever to see if my alter is going to happen. Turns out there is a nice easy option for this too.


Msg 5061, Level 16, State 1, Line 4

ALTER DATABASE failed because a lock could not be placed on database ‘Test’. Try again later.

Msg 5069, Level 16, State 1, Line 4

ALTER DATABASE statement failed.

Well, back to the development team.

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