Posts by Kendra Little

am going to post my monstrously big index query.

Why? Because it’s AWESOME. No really, it actually is awesome. At least, if you like that sort of thing. I use some variant of this almost daily, and I tweak it fairly regularly to suit the needs of whatever I’m working on. So it’s a work in progress, but I find it constantly valuable.

Awesome? Oh Really? Why?
This query describes the size, basic definition, location, number of rows, partition status, and enabled/disabled status for all clustered and nonclustered indexes in a database. I typically sort them by descending size, since my primary usage is when a drive space alert fires, or when someone asks one of the million “how much space would it take if we wanted to [x]?” questions.

When you are working with a database which has many indexes that are partitioned over multiple filegroups, which are spread out over multiple drives, this can be very useful when a reindex fails due to a file filling up. Or when you want to estimate how much free space you need to main in a given filegroup in order to be able to reindex the indexes using it.