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Remove historical Log Databases

On this page, you will find information about how to automate the removal of historical Log Databases that you no longer require.

Nodinite spawns new databases according to the following System Parameters:

Nodinite does NOT automatically remove Log Databases. You must have a routine to remove these according to your policy.

You can remove empty old Log Databases. However, even if you have historical Log Databases without any rows in the tables, these still occupy disk space and create overhead, including CPU, disk I/O, backups and more.

A very high risk is involved in dropping the correct set of Log Databases. The Nodinite admin needs to perform this removal operation independently.

The SQL DBA with the proper authority and responsibility may use the sample script on this page to manually or automatically perform the steps required to clean out historical Log Databases as part of planned maintenance.

Find the oldest number of days to keep messages as defined by the system

The following System parameters are in use to specify for how long to keep events and data by default:

Delete Log Databases from SQL Server

Use the following script to create a script to remove Log Databases older than the specified time (for example 180 days) from the Nodinite instance.

SQL Variable Description Example
@prefix The prefix part of Nodinite Log Databases NodiniteLog_Prod_
@configDB The name of the Nodinite Configuration Database NodiniteConfig_Prod
days The number of days to go back in time, a positive integer 180
DECLARE	@prefix NVARCHAR(255) =  'NodiniteLog_Prod_',
	@configDB NVARCHAR(255) = 'NodiniteConfig_Prod',
	@days INT = 180 -- NOTE: Must be a positive integer

DECLARE @sql NVARCHAR(MAX) = 'USE [master]' + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10) + 'GO' + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10),
	@length INT

SET @length = LEN(@prefix) 

;WITH nodinitelogdatabases ([Database]) as
(SELECT [Database] From LogTables LT Where LT.[Database] LIKE (@prefix + '%') AND LT.[EndDate] IS NOT NULL AND LT.[EndDate] < DATEADD(DD, @days * -1, GetDate()) AND LT.[IsRemoteServer] = 0 )
	SELECT @sql += 
		'EXEC msdb.dbo.sp_delete_database_backuphistory @database_name = ' + l.[Database] + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10) +
		'GO' + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10) +
		'GO' + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10) +
		'DROP DATABASE ' + l.[Database] + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10) +
		'GO' + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10)
FROM nodinitelogdatabases l
ORDER BY [Database]
PRINT 'Number of Log Databases to remove: ' + CAST(@@Rowcount AS VARCHAR(18))

SELECT @sql += 
	'USE [' + @configDB + ']' + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10) +
	'GO' + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10) + 
	'DELETE FROM LogTables Where [Database] LIKE (''' + @prefix + '%'') AND [EndDate] IS NOT NULL AND [EndDate] < DATEADD(DD, ' + CAST(@days AS VARCHAR(18)) + ' * -1, GetDate()) AND [IsRemoteServer] = 0' + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10) +
	'GO' + CHAR(13)+CHAR(10)

PRINT @sql