model database transaction log growth- is that normal?

My SQL Server 2005 model database recently showed an alert from my monitoring software that the transaction log was at 99%. It's set to autogrow but what concerns me is that my understanding is that model is simply the default schema for a database. I can't recall ever seeing model grow on any other systems I have. If that's the case what should I look at to find out what's changed? Should I be concerned at all?

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asked Apr 28, 2010 at 10:06 PM in Default

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Jim B
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Sounds like somebody is referencing that database by mistake. model should not grow.

To find out what is causing it, try the following article:


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answered Apr 28, 2010 at 10:35 PM

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Absolutely. I'd be freaked if I saw changes to model that weren't coming from me or another dba.

Apr 29, 2010 at 08:13 AM Grant Fritchey ♦♦
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First, take a look at how big the log is. 99% of 1MB isn't big at all. If your log has grown to just under a megabyte in 5 years, then I would not be concerned.

So, just make sure you're chasing something worth chasing.

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answered Apr 29, 2010 at 04:55 AM

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Apr 29, 2010 at 05:39 AM Fatherjack ♦♦

should model change at all?

Apr 30, 2010 at 03:55 PM Jim B

Over the lifetime of a server, with service packs and hot fixes being applied, then yes, I would expect to see changes to model...

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