SQL Server – Kill all sessions using database

Before an existing database can be restored, there should be connections using the database in question. If the database is currently in use the RESTORE command fails with below error:

Msg 3101, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
Exclusive access could not be obtained because the database is in use.
Msg 3013, Level 16, State 1, Line 2
RESTORE DATABASE is terminating abnormally.

To avoid this, we need to kill all sessions using the database. All sessions using the database can be queries using system stored procedure sp_who2 or using sys.dm_exec_sessions DMV:

SELECT   session_id
FROM     sys.dm_exec_sessions
WHERE    DB_NAME(database_id) = 'SqlAndMe'

You need to terminate each of the sessions returned individually by using KILL command.

If there are large number of sessions to kill, or you need to do this on a routine basis it gets boring to do it this way. You can *automate* this using below script, which takes database name as input, and kills all sessions connecting to it.

-- Kill all sessions using a database
-- Vishal - http://SqlAndMe.com

USE [master]


SET @sqlCmd = ''
SET @dbName = 'SqlAndMe' -- Change database name here

SELECT   @sqlCmd = @sqlCmd + 'KILL ' + CAST(session_id AS VARCHAR) +
FROM     sys.dm_exec_sessions
WHERE    DB_NAME(database_id) = @dbName

PRINT @sqlCmd

--Uncomment below line to kill
--EXEC (@sqlCmd)

Hope This Helps!


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  1. Aviv
    November 25, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    Another way to quickly kill all connected sessions is by setting the database to be in single user mode, that will rollback all open transactions.
    Here’s how to do it:



  2. March 18, 2014 at 8:38 am

    Hello Vishal

    I’d like to point out that your script in this post is not compatible with sql server version older than 2012. Dynamic management view “sys.dm_exec_sessions” doesn’t have ‘database_id’ column in either 2005 or 2008(R2).

    I used sys.sysprocesses to locate all the spid’s that are connected to the target DB and I’ve posted my script on my blog: http://sqlnickxu.wordpress.com/2014/03/17/t-sql-stored-procedure-to-kill-all-connections-to-a-db/


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