Error : “The file ‘tempdev2’ cannot be removed because it is not empty.”

I have multiple data files created for Tempdb database let’s say tempdev2. Now when I try to remove additional mdf files from filegroup, I got below issue. SQL Server says..

Msg 5042, Level 16, State 1, Line 1
The file 'tempdev2' cannot be removed because it is not empty.
Cause : The reason for such behavior is there are some activities going on that is using files created your TempDB database. The general behavior is to restart the SQL server that will create your TempDB files and reset it. But the only problem with it is it will down the other environments / databases.
Fix :
USE [tempdb]
ALTER DATABASE [tempdb] REMOVE FILE [tempdev2]

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“Index was outside the bounds of the array” while connecting to SQL Server 2012 instance using lower version SSMS

When you try to connect SQL server 2012 instance using SQL server 2008 or 2008 R2 management studio you receive below errors…


This is because  SQL Server does not support backward compatibility. We cannot use lower version of SSMS to connect higher version of SQL, Server which means we cannot connect to SQL Server 2012 using SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 SSMS.

reference :


There are multiple workarounds with some limitations as mentioned below…

1. Install Microsoft® SQL Server® 2012 Express – you can download it from here The only limitation is supported operating systems: Windows 7, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008 Service Pack 2, Windows Vista Service Pack 2.

2. If you have SQL Server 2008 or 2008 R2 install you may choose for this fix –

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