A number of people I have talked to liked my previous post on ACS sizing. One thing that was not extremely easy or clear to them in that post was *how* exactly I did one thing I wrote:
[…] use the dtEvent_GUID table to get the number of events for that day, and use the stored procedure “sp_spaceused” against that same table to get an overall idea of how much space that day is taking in the database […]
To be completely honest, I do not expect people to do this manually a hundred times if they have a hundred partitions. In fact, I have been doing this for a while with a script which will do the looping for me and run that sp_spaceused for me a number of time. I cannot share that script, but I do realize that this automation is very useful, therefore I wrote a “stand-alone” SQL query which, using a couple of temporary tables, produces a similar type of output. I also went a step further and packaged it into a SQL Server Reporting Services Report for everyone’s consumption. The report should look like the following screenshot, featuring a chart and the table with the numerical information about each and every partition in the database:
You need to upload it to your report server, and change the data source to the shared Data Source that also the built-in ACS Reports use, and it should work.
[NOTE/UPDATE May 4th 2011: This report has a few bugs. I have posted the updated query on http://www.muscetta.com/2011/05/04/improved-acs-partitions-query/ . I am sorry I can't provide a ready made report with the fix right now. Make sure you understand this and don't implement it without testing.]