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

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

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— 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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Artemakis Artemiou is a Senior SQL Server Architect, Author, Software Developer and a Microsoft Data Platform MVP. He has over 15 years of experience in the IT industry in various roles. Among other, via his initiative SQLEBooks.com, Artemakis authors and publishes eBooks on different topics on SQL Server. Artemakis currently serves as the President of the Cyprus .NET User Group (CDNUG) and the International .NET Association Country Leader for Cyprus (INETA). Additionally he is the founder of the SQLArtBits initiative that aims to provide the technical community with simple, yet powerful and high-quality SQL Server tools. Currently, the highlights of these tools are DBA Security Advisor and In-Memory OLTP Simulator. Artemakis's official website can be found at aartemiou.com. Artemakis's blogs can be found at: SQLNetHub.com and TechHowTos.com.

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

  1. Artemakis Artemiou [MVP]

    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.

    Cheers,
    Artemis