SQL Swiss Army Knife #10 - VLFs again. What’s your current status?
Published Mar 23 2019 12:15 PM 406 Views
First published on MSDN on Jul 21, 2011

EDIT (11-01-2011): A parenthesis was missing making the log_size_MB value skewed. Thanks Luis!

EDIT (26-03-2012): Updated script for SQL 2012 support.

EDIT (19-11-2012): Added information from Fixing VLFs post , namely potential log size after fix, actual number of VLFs, amount of used VLFs, potential number of VLFs after fix, how many growth iterations to achieve that number, what the log initial size should be and a autogrow setting for each log.

Hello all,
Here is another post on SQL scripts that may help DBAs, following the series "SQL Swiss Army Knife", this time on the topic of VLFs again. If you follow this blog, you know I blogged on this subject several times before and if you want to read more about it just click here .

This script will essentially lets you read useful VLF information in a more convenient way, and allows a quick “lay of the land” as far as VLFs go.
It will show you:

  • A list of all the databases with the count existing and used VLFs, the total and used log size, and finally the average VLF size within each database.

  • With more detail, a list of all the recorded growth iterations that happened in each database and the VLF size per spawn, ordered by growth iteration (actually MinLSN). By recorded, I mean all the VLF spawns that still have a VLF present in the transaction log.

  • A list of the number of VLFs within each database, grouped by VLF size and database.

Hope you find it useful.

Download script here: view_VLFs.sql

Until next time!

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