January 14, 2010

How to exclude databases while using the sp_MSforeachdb stored procedure

Some time back, I had done an article on 6 Common Uses of the undocumented Stored Procedure sp_MSforeachdb

So now if you want to use this undocumented stored procedure to list the size of all databases in a SQL Server Instance, you would write the following query:

EXEC sp_MSforeachdb 'USE ?; EXEC sp_spaceused'

However if you wanted to exclude some databases from the query, then here’s how to do so:

EXEC    sp_msforeachdb 
"IF '?' NOT IN ('master','tempdb', 'model') BEGIN
USE ?; EXEC sp_spaceused

This query will now list the size of all databases except the master, tempdb and model databases.


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jbraes said...

Hi I found your info very useful but I am having some trouble using it with databases using UUID as names.

example one database is named 00075926-0f40-41b1-8695-d7ca3fc7f474

now when I run a command like
EXEC sp_MSforeachdb 'USE ?; PRINT DB_NAME()'

I will get an error : Msg 102, Level 15, State 1, Line 1
Incorrect syntax near '00075926'.

clearly the name of the database . Any Ideas on what I should do ?

Madhivanan said...

Try this

EXEC sp_MSforeachdb 'USE [?]; EXEC sp_spaceused'

Anonymous said...

Wow thanks madhivana! had the same problem, never knew you could use the USE statement like that

- B. Meyer

Madhivanan said...

Thanks anonymous for the feedback

jbraes said...


Super response you made my day :)

Madhivanan said...

Thanks jbraes for the feedback

SAGA said...

I want to exclude some staging databses from the list and run the query....

i mean

not like '%stg%

can we use it in this way so I can exclude the list of staging databases....