Tracking Database File AutoGrowth with Event Notifications

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  • Great article, Jonathan.

    For alerting and recording all auto grow of your databases, that is the way to go.

    Just for the record, if readers are saving default trace files: they also capture db growth information.

    Downside of using these trace files: you may miss one/some if the 20MB size is bering reached before your checking interval and they roll forward before you were able to copy them.

    ( and of course profiler being depricated ... )


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  • Hi Johnathan,

    I have been using a method that once I found on internet if now here at sqlservercentral and has helped me identifying certain elements and information on one or more DBs in my environment and notifying me via the DBMail separately ..


    ALTER PROCEDURE [dbo].[USP_CollectDBInformation_Display]

    @DBName nvarchar(32) = '_N/A'




    select servername,


    sum(filesizemb) as FilesizeMB,



    sum(FreeSpaceMB)as FreeSpaceMB,

    sum(freespacemb)*100/sum(filesizemb) as FreeSpacePct,


    year(InputDate) TheYear,

    month(InputDate) TheMonth,

    day(InputDate) TheDay,

    datepart(qq, InputDate) TheQuarter

    from dbinformation

    where filesizemb > 0 and

    databasename like

    case @DBName

    when '_N/A' then '%%'

    else '%' + @DBName + '%'


    group by servername,databasename, [Status], RecoveryMode, InputDate



    and then the email of course


    Exec msdb.dbo.sp_send_dbmail

    @profile_name = 'LocalServer'

    ,@recipients = ''

    ,@query = ' your statement goes here '

    ,@Subject = 'DB Information'

    ,@Attach_query_result_as_file = 1;


    Albeit, I like your method and definitely going to examine it in my test environment and I know that I am going to like it..

    well done!

    John Esraelo

  • Very informative and well written Jonathon. Your articles are always spot on and a true value.



  • Jonathan Kehayias (11/6/2012)

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    Tested the routine, not that I had doubts but had to follow the protocol in the environment of course, and like it very much.

    Now, I have 2 methods for monitoring.


    John Esraelo

  • is the duration in milliseconds?. very interesting article!! bravo!

  • Nice article.

  • Another one for the briefcase, this knowledge makes the life of the Prod DBA a lot easier! :satisfied:

    Thank you.


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  • Sorry that I'm a little late to the party but this was an excellent article to help me get this monitoring setup in our environment. It has already helped tremendously.

    With that said, I was wondering if anyone has tried to capture more data than just what is in the article? In particular, I am looking the "Filename" column that is part of the DATA FILE AUTO GROW EVENT CLASS. According to tall of the documentation I can find, this is supposed to be the logical file name of the file being extended. Whenever I try to retrieve it, I get nothing.

    Using the code similar to that in the article, I try to pull the Filename using the following:

    @FileName = @message_body.value('(/EVENT_INSTANCE/Filename)[1]', 'varchar(500)')

    This is not a problem for most databases but I came across a database today that fired this event and when I went to look at the files to make the appropriate changes, I found that it had several data files. I have no way of knowing which file grew.




  • Hello Jonathan,

    Thank you for providing this article. I have a question on how to add this functionality to an 'existing' database within my organization.

    For instance, the code you provided within the article works great when creating a new database, but how would this work with an existing database? I've enabled service broker on the database, but for some reason, no email are coming through when running an execution loop test.



  • Hi Pete,

    Here is a stored procedure that I use for notifying me on an existing database if any object is created, modified, etc.

    Hope it helps and I understood your question correctly. Of course this USP needs to be part of the rest of object for notifications purposes.

    (see attached)

    And, thank you again Jonathan, I have been using this methodology database management, failed logins, autogrowth and DBuser Events..

    John Esraelo

  • I went ahead and created a table in one of the databases and since the USP I attached earlier looks over the server then generated a notification right away and sent it to me.

    -- =====================================================

    to me

    Audit DB Mgmt Event Occured::

    ApplicationName Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio - Query

    DatabaseName ADMIN

    DBUserName dbo

    EventSubClass Alter

    HostName D003951

    LoginName johne



    ObjectName dbo

    OwnerName dbo

    ServerName companySQL

    SessionLoginName johne

    StartTime 2013-12-11T12:28:17.190

    Success 1

    TextData create table removemenow (field1 int null)

    John Esraelo

  • Thank you John,

    I'll give it a try.


  • Pete,

    BTW:: I have all my objects pertaining this whole event notification process in my MSDB.. this way I don't have to worry about the permissions and restrictions.

    just thought to share this with you

    John Esraelo

  • I'm also utilizing MSDB, my issue is the notifications aren't working for existing databases, even though service broker is enabled on these database. Doesn't make sense to me, but I'll figure it out.

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