I have a client that uses a lot of disconnected log shipping on a few servers. They do this because they want to have a copy of their database that is actually hosted by software vendors for reporting purposes. So, disconnected log shipping it is! We pull down files that have been FTP’d to the corporate FTP site and apply those logs locally and leave the databases in standby so that they can be queried.
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Of course every so often there is a glitch and one or all databases can get out of synch pretty easily. When we receive a notification that tlogs have not been restored in a while, the hunt is on to see what happened and get it corrected. Since I have disconnected log shipping set up, I can’t get a log shipping report from SSMS that will tell me errors and what was the last log applied. So, I made a query that will give me the most recent file that was restored along with the file name, date, database, etc. I can pull back all databases or by uncommenting a line can filter by a single or multiple databases.
Lori also includes a helpful script.