Applies To: SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 Preview
Contains a row for each allocation unit in the database.
Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version).
ID of the allocation unit. Is unique within a database.
Type of allocation unit:
0 = Dropped
1 = In-row data (all data types, except LOB data types)
2 = Large object (LOB) data (text, ntext, image, xml, large value types, and CLR user-defined types)
3 = Row-overflow data
Description of the allocation unit type:
ID of the storage container associated with the allocation unit.
If type = 1 or 3, container_id = sys.partitions.hobt_id.
If type is 2, then container_id = sys.partitions.partition_id.
0 = Allocation unit marked for deferred drop
ID of the filegroup in which this allocation unit resides.
Total number of pages allocated or reserved by this allocation unit.
Number of total pages actually in use.
Number of used pages that have:
Value returned excludes internal index pages and allocation-management pages.
When you drop or rebuild large indexes, or drop or truncate large tables, the Database Engine defers the actual page deallocations, and their associated locks, until after the transaction commits. Deferred drop operations do not release allocated space immediately. Therefore, the values returned by sys.allocation_units immediately after dropping or truncating a large object may not reflect the actual disk space available.
Requires membership in the public role. For more information, see Metadata Visibility Configuration.