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FIX: Database does not follow simple recovery model behavior in SQL Server 2012 after you set the recovery model of the "model" database to "Simple"

Microsoft distributes Microsoft SQL Server 2012 fixes as one downloadable file. Because the fixes are cumulative, each new release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2012 fix release.
Symptoms
Assume that you set the recovery model of the model database to Simple in Microsoft SQL Server 2012. When you create a new database, it is displayed as using the simple recovery model. However, the new database does not behave as if the simple recovery model is being used. Specifically, you can back up the transaction log, which should not occur under the simple recovery model.
Resolution

Cumulative update information

Cumulative Update 4 for SQL Server 2012 SP1

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 4. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2012 SP1, click the following article number to go to the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2833645 Cumulative update 4 for SQL Server 2012 SP1
Note Given that the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2012 SP1 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to go to the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2772858 The SQL Server 2012 builds that were released after SQL Server 2012 Service Pack 1 was released

Cumulative Update 7 for SQL Server 2012

The fix for this issue was first released in Cumulative Update 7. For more information about how to obtain this cumulative update package for SQL Server 2012, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2823247 Cumulative update package 7 for SQL Server 2012
Note Because the builds are cumulative, each new fix release contains all the hotfixes and all the security fixes that were included with the previous SQL Server 2012 fix release. We recommend that you consider applying the most recent fix release that contains this hotfix. For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
2692828 The SQL Server 2012 builds that were released after SQL Server 2012 was released
Status
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.
Workaround
To work around this issue, apply the following statements:

ALTER DATABASE <Name> SET RECOVERY FULL;ALTER DATABASE <Name> SET RECOVERY SIMPLE;

References
For more information the Incremental Servicing Model for SQL Server, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
935897 An Incremental Servicing Model is available from the SQL Server team to deliver hotfixes for reported problems
For more information about the naming schema for SQL Server updates, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
822499 Naming schema for Microsoft SQL Server software update packages
For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
Properties

Article ID: 2830400 - Last Review: 05/30/2013 19:03:00 - Revision: 2.0

Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Enterprise, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Business Intelligence, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Developer, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Standard, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Web, Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Express

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