Prevent creating stored procedures with RECOMPILE hint – Policy Based Management is your friend !

I got motivated to write this post as there was a question on twitter which was like  –

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The user was checking if there was a way to prevent procedures which are created with RECOMPILE hint.

I was pretty sure that Policy Based Management did provide us a Stored Procedure Facet, and there will be some expressions which we can create using the same to ensure that no new stored procedures are created with this hint.

Will I use RECOMPILE hint ever in my stored procedure? That’s a huge ‘It depends’ question. I might not use it within a stored procedure, but at times I might have to use it during run time.

Kendra Little(B/T) has an excellent video on recompile, and you can find it here. [Really nice stuff out there !]

I did reply to the user that I’m positive that there will be some option, but it needs to be tested out .

So, this post is my test case to try and see if we can actually prevent users from creating stored procedures with RECOMPILE hint using PBM .

First of I created a condition using facet stored procedure and added an expression like what is shown in the image below –

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I went ahead and created a policy which used the condition which was created in the first step, and chose evaluation mode as On Change : Prevent

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Note – I’m doing this check for every database and every stored procedures as this is a test case. This can be checked against a single db using another condition and that’s the recommended approach.

Once the policy is created I made sure that its in enabled state.[Apparently nothing will be validated if the policy is not enabled ]

Next step is to try and create a stored procedure with recompile hint. For this purpose I will be using a database called SuperMan (Yes,just for fun).This db got a table called People and it has 3 rows of data.

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I tried to create a simple stored procedure named FindSuperMan which will do a simple SELECT * from the table.This stored procedure will try to force a RECOMPILE hint.

FROM [dbo].[People]

As soon as I ran the command there was an error which said  –

Policy ‘Policy_Prevent_Recompile’ has been violated by ‘SQLSERVER:\SQL\TESTServer\DEFAULT\Databases\SuperMan\StoredProcedures\dbo.FindSuperMan’.
This transaction will be rolled back.
Policy condition: ‘@Recompile != True()’
Policy description: ”
Additional help: ” : ”
Statement: ‘CREATE PROCEDURE dbo.FindSuperMan
FROM [dbo].[People]
Msg 3609, Level 16, State 1, Procedure sp_syspolicy_dispatch_event, Line 65
The transaction ended in the trigger. The batch has been aborted.

What actually happens here is the transaction will be rolled back as it violated the policy which was defined.


This proves the fact that PBM can indeed be used to prevent some conditions which you don’t want to happen in your db/environment.

Thanks for reading and keep watching this space for more !


Central Management Servers to Evaluate Policies – “All about being in control”

Policy Based Management or PBM was introduced in SQL Server 2008 initially.This feature will help Database Administrators to create policies and ensure that his/her environment is in compliance with that policy.

Lets take a simple example of recovery model.Using PBM a DBA has got the ability to enforce a policy which will check for the recovery model and database creation with recovery model other than Full can be evaluated or even it can be enforced.

What about if DBA is running an environment with 100 production servers and he/she wants to evaluate a policy?

The short answer is we can use Central Management Servers to import policies and Evaluate them.


1. Using SSMS I created a policy called ‘Check_Autoclose_Policy_Enterprise’ which will use condition ‘Check_AutoClose_Condition_Enterprise’

You can ref BOL topic [here] to understand how to create a policy and a condition.

This policy simply means that I have set a condition with an expected value ‘False’ for Autoclose property and a policy is created for that condition.

If I evaluate that policy for my servers,it will check the condition for each and every database and will report me in case there are any deviation.If Autoclose = True,then I am notified.

2. Now I will proceed and export this policy.Export action will create an XML file and I will store the XML file to the local drive.

3. I will now proceed to use Central Management Servers(Available under registered servers).For the purpose of this demo I have added 2 Instances of SQL 2012 RC 0 already to Central Management Servers as show below.


4. Using Root level Central Management Server we can Import the policy which I had created.

5. Once import action is completed.The policy is spread across all the 2 instances.

6. For the purpose of the demo I had created 2 similar databases for both Instance B and Instance C.The name of the database is Test_PBM.

For Instance B – Autoclose is set as False

For Instance C – Autoclose is set as True

7. Using Root level Central Management server,we can now evaluate the policy

8. Once evaluation is completed,we are provided with a clear explanation on how the evaluation went through and which all databases were not according to our policy compliance.

The policy was created for Auto Close property to be False(Condition) for all the databases and after evaluation we found that there is one deviation and that is our Test_PBM database which is residing under Instance C.


Conclusion – The power of PBM and Central Management Servers can be combined for great control.

Have you deployed anything like this in your environment.I am interested to know your scenarios.

Thanks for reading.