sys.dm_db_log_stats (Transact-SQL)

THIS TOPIC APPLIES TO:yesSQL Server (starting with 2017)noAzure SQL DatabasenoAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

Returns summary level attributes and information on transaction log files of databases. Use this information for monitoring and diagnostics of transaction log health.

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 sys.dm_db_log_stats ( database_id )


database_id | NULL | DEFAULT

Is the ID of the database. database_id is int. Valid inputs are the ID number of a database, NULL, or DEFAULT. The default is NULL. NULL and DEFAULT are equivalent values in the context of current database.
The built-in function DB_ID can be specified. When using DB_ID without specifying a database name, the compatibility level of the current database must be 90 or greater.

Tables Returned

Column name Data type Description
database_id int Database ID
recovery_model nvarchar(60) Recovery model of the database. Possible values include:
log_min_lsn nvarchar(24) Current start LSN in the transaction log.
log_end_lsn nvarchar(24) LSN of the last log record in the transaction log.
current_vlf_sequence_number bigint Current VLF sequence number at the time of execution.
current_vlf_size_mb float Current VLF size in MB.
total_vlf_count bigint Total number of VLFs in the transaction log.
total_log_size_mb float Total transaction log size in MB.
active_vlf_count bigint Total number of active VLFs in the transaction log.
active_log_size_mb float Total active transaction log size in MB.
log_truncation_holdup_reason nvarchar(60) Log truncation holdup reason. The value is same as log_reuse_wait_desc column of sys.databases. (For more detailed explanations of these values, see The Transaction Log).
Possible values include:
log_backup_time datetime Last transaction log backup time.
log_backup_lsn nvarchar(24) Last transaction log backup LSN.
log_since_last_log_backup_mb float Log size in MB since last transaction log backup LSN.
log_checkpoint_lsn nvarchar(24) Last checkpoint LSN.
log_since_last_checkpoint_mb float Log size in MB since last checkpoint LSN.
log_recovery_lsn nvarchar(24) Recovery LSN of the database. If log_recovery_lsn occurs before the checkpoint LSN, log_recovery_lsn is the oldest active transaction LSN, otherwise log_recovery_lsn is the checkpoint LSN.
log_recovery_size_mb float Log size in MB since log recovery LSN.
recovery_vlf_count bigint Total number of VLFs to be recovered, if there was failover or server restart.


Requires the VIEW DATABASE STATE permission in the database.


A. Determining databases in a SQL Server instance with high number of vlfs

The following query returns the databases with more than 100 vlfs in the log files. Large numbers of VLFs can affect the database startup, restore, and recovery time.

SELECT name AS 'Database Name', total_vlf_count AS 'VLF count' 
FROM sys.databases AS s
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_db_log_stats(s.database_id) 
WHERE total_vlf_count  > 100;

B. Determining databases in a SQL Server instance with transaction log backups older than 4 hours

The following query determines the last log backup times for the databases in the instance.

SELECT name AS 'Database Name', log_backup_time AS 'last log backup time' 
FROM sys.databases AS s
CROSS APPLY sys.dm_db_log_stats(s.database_id); 

See Also

Dynamic Management Views and Functions (Transact-SQL)
Database Related Dynamic Management Views (Transact-SQL)
sys.dm_db_log_space_usage (Transact-SQL)
sys.dm_db_log_info (Transact-SQL)