Backing up the transaction logs

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    I have a SQL Server Standard edition 2008 R2 db with an external application that backs up the db hourly to a SAN. Recently, the db logs and the transaction logs grew so big that the db shut down and would not accept any more read/writes to the server.

    The Server is set to full recovery model.

    I have offloaded some of the older db and trans logs to another file server and I want to set a maintenance plan to back up the transaction logs every 30 mins. This is supposed to truncate log sizes when this happens. Since, we have hourly backups is it worth doing this? Also, it is supposed to truncate the transaction logs when a log back up is set but when I looked at the log files they seem to be the same size.

    I have scoured google but can’t seem to get my head around it.



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