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How to Predict ALTER INDEX REORGANIZE finish time

27 May,2012 by Tom Collins

Question: I’ve issued a ALTER INDEX REORGANIZE command on a CLUSTERED INDEX of approximately 300 million rows. How can I estimate the completion time?

Answer: Using the SQL Server DMV sys.dm_exec_requests  , assists in estimating the finish time. The percent_complete and estimated_completion columns are useful.

I’ve included a sample query , which returns a percent complete and estimated completion. Use it for:  BACKUP \ RESTORE, DBCC CHECKDB , DBCC CHECKTABLE,DBCC SHRINKDB , dbcc SHRINKFILE,DBCC INDEXDEFRAG,ALTER INDEX REORGANIZE, ROLLBACK

SELECT session_id,percent_complete,DATEADD(MILLISECOND,estimated_completion_time,CURRENT_TIMESTAMP) Estimated_finish_time,
(total_elapsed_time/1000)/60 Total_Elapsed_Time_MINS ,
DB_NAME(Database_id) Database_Name ,command,sql_handle
FROM sys.dm_exec_requests WHERE session_id=56


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