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Database recovery model - Change recovery model to Simple

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Updated May 5th, 2016


To view or change the recovery model of a database:

Why i should change DB recovery to SIMPLE instead of FULL ?

Open SQL Studio Manager. If SQL Studio Manager is not installed, download the installer from Microsoft.

  1. Edit the properties of the database.
  2. In the Select a Page pane, click Options, and choose Simple as the Recovery Model.

SolarWinds recommends that you use the Simple recovery model unless you have a SQL cluster.
If you have a SQL cluster set up for high availability (HA), you must use the Full recovery model. 


For example, Microsoft's Always On Availability requires a Full recovery model as seen in the article below.

Overview of Always On Availability Groups (SQL Server)

(© 2017 Microsoft, available at, obtained on February 13, 2017.)


If using Full Recovery mode the DB should be backed up every 30 minutes in order to stop the log growing to a problematic size. Large transactional logs can result in delays to alerts being displayed (alerts displayed after the trigger date) - With the SWIS Error: 'SolarWinds' is full due to 'LOG_BACKUP'


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