LDF is log database file that is utilized for saving logging information in SQL Server. These files are comprises of all transactions, which are performed on server. These files are used in maintaining the record of transactions in database of SQL Server and in case of data loss, users can easily retrieve database. However, by clicking on LDF files no one can open, access or analyze these files. Therefore, a proper solution is required to view SQL server LDF file without any error. One such solution to view and analyze these files is SQL Log File Reader that helps to analyze the entire SQL server database. This review discusses about the same, which is based on the performed testing of software.
SQL Log File Reader helps to analyze and view SQL server LDF files. It retains the integrity of data after analyzing it. It needs MDF file for analyzing SQL database. It is programmed in a way that after installation it rapidly scans as well as view LDF file and automatically locates the associated MDF file.
Different Editions of SQL Log File Reader
The tool is available in two versions, i.e. Demo and Licensed. User can choose any edition accordingly.
- Demo Version
The Demo edition is completely free to use by simply downloading it from the company’s official site. As it is a free version, so there are some limitations that it permits users to preview only first 5 tables and per table, first 50 records can be previewed.
- Licensed Version
It is a paid version of the tool that can be purchased from the official website of an organization. It allows users to save log details as well as SQL tables that are encountered with corruption, and can repair the SQL tables according to the requirements.
SQL Log File Reader is an application, which analyzes and view SQL server LDF file to do quick recovery of SQL database. There are some of the features of the tool:
- Auto-Detect MDF File
The application is programmed in way that after adding the LDF file on the software, it will automatically detects the corresponding MDF file, only if it is stored at the same location. It helps in saving user’s time and effort by detecting MDF file automatically.
- Export Desired Table
Users can export the selective tables by checking and un-checking it. As the application provides a complete data list from where, it is easy for users to choose the required tables to be exported as CSV, SQL Server compatible script, SQL database.
- Server Not Required
SQL Log File Reader supports the log file, forensics analysis for investigation of SQL Server activities. It is a standalone utility, which helps to view SQL server LDF file, as it does not require the installation of SQL Server on the system for analysis of Log file.
- Preview LDF File
An application gives the preview of whole transactions, which are made in SQL database such as UPDATE, DELETE, and INSERT, etc. It provides all details that are associated with it such as Time, Table Name, Name, Query, and Transaction. Therefore, it detects the possible reasons of corruption in database of SQL.
- Export via Three-Ways
SQL Log File Reader provides three options to export SQL database, i.e.
- CSV File
- SQL Server Database
- Server Compatible SQL Scripts
- Previews all the transactions
- Provides option to Export and Filter
- Needs MDF file to perform operation
- Workable only on offline database
After testing the utility and reviewing its features, it can be said that SQL Log File Reader is an efficient software to analyze SQL server transaction log. An application supports all Windows based Operating system and retains the integrity of data after recovery. It can be rated as 9.5 out of 10 as it works only on offline mode.