Identifying your recovery model is relatively simple and can be conducted in several ways. In this post I will illustrate the process of identifying your recovery model via the UI and with TSQL. Understanding the differences between the three model is important so here are some informative MSDN links that get pretty detailed in explaining each model.
Using the UI
Step 1: Right click on the target database and select “Properties”
Step 2: Select “Options”
Step 3: Select the appropriate recovery model
As you can see it is very easy, but in order for you to determine the model for each database you would have to repeat these steps for each database. Not the most efficient way to spend your day. Now let’s get them all in one shot.
Step 1: From within the SQL Server Management Studio start a new query
Step 2: Run the following statement
SELECT name ,recovery_model_desc FROM sys.databases ORDER by name
Here are the results
Change Recovery Model via TSQL
Step 1: Run the following statement
ALTER DATABASE AdventureWorks SET RECOVERY MODEL FULL -- FULL, SIMPLE, BULK_LOGGED
Here are the results after re-running the select statement