How to set a Non-limiting Value for the Database flag user connections for Cloud SQL on the SQL Server instance in Google Cloud via CLI

Riyaz Walikar
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The user connections option specifies the maximum number of simultaneous user connections that are allowed on an instance of SQL Server. The actual number of user connections allowed also depends on the version of SQL Server that you are using, and also the limits of your application or applications and hardware.

SQL Server allows a maximum of 32,767 user connections. Because user connections is by default a self-configuring value, with SQL Server adjusting the maximum number of user connections automatically as needed, up to the maximum value allowable. For example, if only 10 users are logged in, 10 user connection objects are allocated. In most cases, you do not have to change the value for this option. The default is 0, which means that the maximum (32,767) user connections are allowed. However the value here is a non-zero number causing SQL Server to not allow anymore above this limit. If the connections are at the limit, any new requests will be dropped, potentially causing lost data or outages for those using the database.

Steps to set a Non-limiting Value for the Database flag “user connections” for Cloud SQL using gcloud

  1. List all Cloud SQL database Instances

    gcloud sql instances list

    List SQL Server

  2. Configure the user connections database flag for every Cloud SQL SQL Server database instance using the below command and set its value to your organization recommended value.

    gcloud sql instances patch <instance_name> --database-flags "user connections=[0-32,767]"

    set user connections database flag

Note : This command will overwrite all database flags previously set. To keep those and add new ones, include the values for all flags you want set on the instance; any flag not specifically included is set to its default value. For flags that do not take a value, specify the flag name followed by an equals sign (""="").


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