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SQL Server Error : 2542, Severity: 10. DATA pages %.*ls: changed from (%I64d) t

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SQL Server Error : 2542 Details

SQL Server Error: 2542
Severity: 10
Event Logged or not: No
DATA pages %.*ls: changed from (%I64d) to (%I64d) pages.
Severity 10 Description:
Informational messages that return status information or report errors that are not severe. For compatibility reasons, the Database Engine converts severity 10 to severity 0 before returning the error information to the calling application.

Reading sql server error log location from SQL Query

Identifying SQL Server Error Log File used by SQL Server Database Engine can be done by reading SQL Server Error Logs. DBA can execute the XP_READERRORLOG extended stored procedure to read the SQL Server Error Log and search for its location used by the instance of SQL Server.

USE master
xp_readerrorlog 0, 1, N'Logging SQL Server messages in file', NULL, NULL, N'asc'

The parameters for XP_READERRRORLOG are:
1. Value of error log file we would like to read. values are 0 = current, 1 = last one before current, 2 = second last before current etc…
2. Log file type:- 1 or NULL = error log, 2 = SQL Agent log
3. Search string 1:- String one you want to search for
4. Search string 2:- String two you want to search for to further refine the results
5. start time for Search
6. end time for search
7. Sort order for search results:- N’asc’ = ascending, N’desc’ = descending

By default, we have 6 Server Error Logs kept but we can increase the number of SQL Server Error Logs from the default value of six.

For other ways to read and find error log location please our artcile https://sqlserver-dba.co.uk/error-log/sql-server-identify-location-of-the-sql-server-error-log-file.html

Solution for Resolving the Error

Alternate Solutions

  1. Restarting SQL Server Service(non production instances only)

  • To Restart, Start or Stop the SQL Server instance by right click on sql server instance in SSMS or in SQL. You may need to open SSMS as administrator to start, stop the instance.


  • Other ways for restarting SQL server Service

  1. From SQL Configuration manager from Start menu
  2. From Services in Windows server
  3. From Cmd using net start and net stop

2.Checking SQL Performance metrics like CPU, Memory

Check SQL Server CPU, Memory usage, longest running queries, deadlocks etc.. using activity monitor or sp_who2.

To view Activity Monitor in SQL Server 2005 and in SQL Server 2008, a user must have VIEW SERVER STATE permission.

2 Different Ways to Open up Activity Monitor in SQL Server 2008 are mentioned below:

Open up Activity Monitor Using Object Explorer

In Object Explorer, right click the SQL Server 2008 Instance and click on Activity Monitor.

Also can be opened from SQL Server 2008 Management Studio’s toolbar, by clicking Activity Monitor

Opening SQL Server Activity Monitor method2

SSMS Activity Monitor by Method2

It shows the graphical display of Processor Time (%), Number of Waiting Tasks, Database I/O (MB/Sec) and the Number of Batch Requests/second.

For information on SQL Server Activity monitor go to https://sqlserver-dba.co.uk/sql-server-administration-basics/activity-monitor

Or using SQL Query analyzer window to run sp_who2 command which is less resource intensive and gives same information as activity monitor.

2.Checking Windows Performance metrics like CPU, Memory, Disk Space etc.

  1. Open task manager to check CPU, Memory usage etc.
  2. Open file explorer to check Disk space on each drive.


SQL Server Error Code and solution summary

SQL Server Error: 2542
Severity: 10
Event Logged or not: No
DATA pages %.*ls: changed from (%I64d) to (%I64d) pages.

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