SQL Server Auto Shrink not working then how to Shrink

Let’s put aside the performance problem. The Auto Shrink in SQL Server work after all. When you go into a database properties then you will see the Auto Shrink property like the one below.

I was searching everywhere and the closer article was this https://support.microsoft.com/en-my/help/2160663/recommendations-and-guidelines-for-setting-the-auto-shrink-database-op. It did not mention anything about recovery model as well.

I have tested despite with whatever recovery model I set the Auto Shrink just would not work. I believed many people said, shrinking database file is bad but I bet if you log file has growth up to 200GB then you would definitely want to shrink it.

You can manual shrink you database or log using the follow command. It works for me so far.

use dashboard15


DBCC SHRINKFILE ‘dashboard15’, 100

DBCC SHRINKFILE (‘dashboard15_log’, 100)


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Since March 2011 Microsoft Live Spaces migrated to Wordpress (http://www.pcworld.com/article/206455/Microsoft_Live_Spaces_Moves_to_WordPress_An_FAQ.html) till now, I have is over 1 million viewers. This blog is about more than 50% telling you how to resolve error messages, especial for Microsoft products. The blog also has a lot of guidance teaching you how to get stated certain Microsoft technologies. The blog also uses as a help to keep my memory. The blog is never meant to give people consulting services or silver bullet solutions. It is a contribution to the community. Thanks for your support over the years. Ming Man is Microsoft MVP since year 2006. He is a software development manager for a multinational company. With 25 years of experience in the IT field, he has developed system using Clipper, COBOL, VB5, VB6, VB.NET, Java and C #. He has been using Visual Studio (.NET) since the Beta back in year 2000. He and the team have developed many projects using .NET platform such as SCM, and HR based applications. He is familiar with the N-Tier design of business application and is also an expert with database experience in MS SQL, Oracle and AS 400.
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