Monday, December 17, 2012

T-SQL Tip: Getting the File Locations for all DBs in a SQL Server Instance

-- Dynamically builds  T-SQL statements for retrieving the file 
-- locations for all the databases in the SQL Server Instance
-- SQL Server versions  supported: SQL Server 2005 or later
SELECT 'use '+ [name]+'; select '''+[name]+''' as DBName,cast ([name] as varchar(45)) as LogicalFileName,cast (filename as varchar(100)) as FileName from sysfiles;' as SQLStatement FROM master.sys.databases

Details: Just execute the statements generated from the above query and you will receive the file locations for all the databases in the SQL Server instance.

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Aaron Bertrand said...

Uh, or...

SELECT DB_NAME(database_id), name, physical_name
FROM master.sys.master_files;

Artemakis Artemiou [MVP] said...

Hi Aaron! Thank you for your comment!

That's very correct. Using the master.sys.master_files catalog view is the easiest way to get the file locations as well as other information about the databases.

As the main purpose of this post was to demonstrate how we can dynamically generate SQL statements for multi-DB management, I will write another post containing an example/task which cannot be done otherwise.