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We've been using Sharepoint 2013. My question / problem is : The database is about 35 Gb and a shrink db on an SQL level didnt help. How to clear WSS_UsageApplication content?

  • Have you resolved this problema? I am in the same situation. – Darío León Apr 7 '14 at 16:08
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You can reduce the retention period How-to...

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    Please add more details to this answer. Your answer should be stand-alone for the link (using the link only as a source and to more details) – Robert Lindgren Mar 31 '15 at 10:48
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in my case it was 900GB with around 30 big dbo.TaskUsage_PartitionXX tables.

1- go to SSMS and by opening object Explorer (f7) of WSS_UsageApplication find the big tables which in most cases are TaskUsages

2- create a series of truncate and run them

truncate TABLE [dbo].TaskUsage_PartitionXX

3- shrink your whole database to forexample 5% free space which takes around 4 minutes in my case for 900GB

DBCC SHRINKDATABASE(N'WSS_UsageApplication', 5 )
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have you looked at http://www.toddklindt.com/blog/Lists/Posts/Post.aspx?ID=400: this link tells you how to set retention which will have a longer lasting effect and help you Shrink your DB (I was able to reclaim nearly 80% of the space consumed by WSS_UsageApplication

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