sys.database_recovery_status (Transact-SQL)

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO:yesSQL Server (starting with 2008)noAzure SQL DatabasenoAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

Contains one row per database. If the database is not opened, the SQL Server Database Engine tries to start it.

To see the row for a database other than master or tempdb, one of the following must apply:

  • Be the owner of the database.

  • Have ALTER ANY DATABASE or VIEW ANY DATABASE server-level permissions.

  • Have CREATE DATABASE permission in the master database.

Column name Data type Description
database_id int ID of the database, unique within an instance of SQL Server.
database_guid uniqueidentifier Used to relate all the database files of a database together. All files must have this GUID in their header page for the database to start as expected. Only one database should ever have this GUID, but duplicates can be created by copying and attaching databases. RESTORE always generates a new GUID when you restore a database that does not yet exist.

NULL= Database is offline, or the database will not start.
family_guid uniqueidentifier Identifier of the "backup family" for the database for detecting matching restore states.

NULL= Database is offline or the database will not start.
last_log_backup_lsn numeric(25,0) The starting log sequence number of the next log backup.

If NULL, a transaction log back up cannot be performed because either the database is in SIMPLE recovery or there is no current database backup.
recovery_fork_guid uniqueidentifier Identifies the current recovery fork on which the database is currently active.

NULL= Database is offline, or the database will not start.
first_recovery_fork_guid uniqueidentifier Identifier of the starting recovery fork.

NULL= Database is offline, or the database will not start.
fork_point_lsn numeric(25,0) If first_recovery_fork_guid is not equal (!=) to recovery_fork_guid, fork_point_lsn is the log sequence number of the current fork point. Otherwise, the value is NULL.


The visibility of the metadata in catalog views is limited to securables that a user either owns or on which the user has been granted some permission. For more information, see Metadata Visibility Configuration.

See Also

Catalog Views (Transact-SQL)
Databases and Files Catalog Views (Transact-SQL)
Querying the SQL Server System Catalog FAQ