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Using the Dedicated Admin Connection

Reitse Eskens has the key for the back door:

I got a call this morning from a coworker. One of the database instances was unreachable with the message that the TempDB log file was full. No processes could login and the only way to get things going again might be to restart either server or instance. Restarting the instance should be the last resort, because after a restart SQL Server will plough through all the logfiles to find transactions to either roll forward or roll back. That will take more time that you want. But, we had the famous DAC backdoor installed.

Read on to see how the DAC can save the day.