I’ve grown up reading Tom Clancy and probably most of you have at least seen Red October, so this book caught my eye when browsing used books for a recent trip. It’s a fairly human look at what’s involved in sailing on a Trident missile submarine…
Here’s a quick reminder for those of you using log shipping, and checking the SSMS report “Transaction Log Shipping Status” to assure you that your log shipping is up to date: that report is not always accurate. (I’m looking right now at a report that claims Database1 hasn’t been restored on the target server in 5 months. Actually, it was last restored 7 minutes ago. Someone who reads this blog will, I’m sure, tell me why this is so on a pair of SQL Server 2008 R2 RTM servers.)
If you want the most accurate data on your shipped logs, check the system table log_shipping_secondary_databases in MSDB, on the target server:
USE msdb ; GO SELECT secondary_database , last_restored_file , last_restored_date FROM log_shipping_secondary_databases WHERE secondary_database = 'MyDatabase' ;
As you were!