How to Recover SharePoint 2013 Databases from Suspect Mode

By Danielle Arad - January 29, 2013

I restarted my SharePoint server, opened Central Administration and encountered the following error:

Server Error in ‘/’ Application
Runtime Error
Description: An application error occurred on the server.

01 - SharePoint 2013 Server Error in Application

In order to troubleshoot this issue I had to check couple of thing:

  • Make sure SQL Server services are up and running
  • Make sure the IIS application pools are started
  • Review Windows logs and gather more information about the server. I noticed the following event:

SQL Database ‘SharePoint_Config’ on SQL Server instance ‘C4968397007’ not found. Additional error information from SQL Server is included below.

Cannot open database “SharePoint_Config” requested by the login. The login failed. Login failed for user ‘DC07\SQLSvc’.

02.1 - Windows logs

This event made me suspect something is wrong with my SQL Server. I opened SQL Server management studio and noticed that some of my most critical SharePoint databases are not accessible and set to suspect mode. 02 - SharePoint 2013 databases are in Suspect mode

What is a suspect mode in SQL Server database?

Suspect mode might be caused by many reasons like unavailable or corrupted database files, hardware failure etc.

Don’t worry! This situation is reversible.

Here’s a quick guide of how to recover your SharePoint databases from suspect mode:

Open your SQL Server management studio and execute the following queries one after another:

  • Run the following query. sp_resetstatus command will turn off suspect flag on the database.

EXEC sp_resetstatus ‘SharePoint_Config’;

After executing this query you’ll see the following warning. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you did something wrong.

04 - SQL Server reset status of database warning

  • The next step is to set the database to an Emergency mode. This can be done by executing following query:


After executing this query your database should look like this:

06 - SharePoint_config database is set to emergency mode

Once we set the database to an Emergency mode it temporarily becomes a Read Only database.

  • Execute the following query in order to check the logical and physical integrity of the objects in the database.

DBCC checkdb(‘SharePoint_Config’)

  • To complete the process, run the following queries:

SharePoint_Config SET SINGLE_USER

DBCC CheckDB (‘SharePoint_Config’, REPAIR_ALLOW_DATA_LOSS)


DBCC CheckDB (‘SharePoint_Config’)

Repeat this action for each one of the affected databases.

09 - Everything is back to track

I ran some basic tests to make sure my SharePoint server is working properly again, looks like everything is back to track.