Killing a SPID and Checking Rollback progress in SQL Server

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From time to time, I encounter blocking situations where I end up issuing a KILL command against the blocking SPID. When I run sp_who2, I can see the killed SPID is in a ROLLBACK state. Is there any way I can get an idea of how long the rollback for the SPID will take?


There sure is! The KILL command offers the WITH STATUSONLY argument which displays an estimation of completion for an in progress ROLLBACK. Using KILL with this argument does not kill a connection; it simply produces a progress report.

Run the following script in a new query window. It captures the connected SPID for the query and displays the fact that the SPID has an open transaction when the script completes:

set nocount on
select 'SPID = ' + cast(@@spid as varchar) -- what connection is this?

create table test (col1 int identity) -- create a test table

begin tran tran1 -- start a transaction

while (1 = 1)
   insert test default values
   if scope_identity() > 999999 -- break after inserting 1m rows
dbcc opentran(0)
sql query

Now open a new connection and issue the following statements to kill the connection we just opened and to examine the connection's state:

kill 52
exec sp_who2

Now that we've KILLed the SPID, we can monitor its rollback progress by issuing KILL using the WITH STATUSONLY argument.

kill 52 with statusonly 

As you can see, you can get a good estimation from the server of rollback progress.

Next Steps
  • Read about KILL UOW in the SQL Server Books Online
  • Read about DBCC OPENTRAN in the SQL Server Books Online

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Comments For This Article

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:30:14 AM - Anderson Back To Top (36452)

Thank you. Very usefull tip!

Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 1:27:08 PM - dinesh Back To Top (23769)
SPID 140:transtion rollback in process.Estaimated rollback completion:0%
 Estimated time remaining:0 seconds.
any Solutiuon??

Thursday, April 25, 2013 - 11:42:26 AM - Santosh Kamoli Back To Top (23556)

The Same issue of rollback i am facing while killing session of a tlog job.


Error "Transaction rollback in progress. Estimated rollback completion : 0%......."


Please recommend the solution or send me work around.



Santosh Kamoli


Friday, August 3, 2012 - 5:32:07 AM - Rajasekhar Back To Top (18900)


when I use  kill 70with statusonly.this given the fallowing msg "SPID 70: transaction rollback in progress. Estimated rollback completion: 0%. Estimated time remaining: 0 seconds.".this showing o seconds from last 1 hour and since it has been executing.How can i know Much time still it will take..???

Saturday, March 24, 2012 - 9:37:47 AM - Shamsideen Back To Top (16600)

I ahve been having issue with SQl Server 2008 installed on Windows serv er 2008 R2.  The SQL takes most of the memory. the size out DB is about 52 GB and we have  8 GB RAM installed. Please help out. This the output of DBCC command

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