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Step 7: Properly configure your RAID arrays

Most servers today ship with at least one internal RAID controller, which will allow you to configure a local RAID array.For most database activity, you should configure RAID 5 for your database files, RAID 10 for your transaction logs and perhaps even RAID 0 for tempdb (RAID 0 offers best performance, but no redundancy). If you find that your write I/O activity is more than five times the amount of read I/O activity, consider using RAID 10 for both your database files and your transaction logs.For a better understanding of

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Spec your SQL Server hardware needs

 Home: Introduction
 Step 1: Invest in good application design
 Step 2: Understand your workload
 Step 3: Know your memory support limitations
 Step 4: Choose a reliable hardware brand
 Step 5: Take advantage of 64-bit
 Step 6: Take advantage of storage area networks
 Step 7: Properly configure your RAID arrays
 Step 8: Use separate disk controllers
 Step 9: Choose and optimize your disks wisely
 Step 10: Optimize CPU activity and speed

 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:   
 
Hilary Cotter
Hilary Cotter has been involved in IT for more than 20 years as a Web and database consultant. Microsoft first awarded Cotter the Microsoft SQL Server MVP award in 2001. Cotter received his bachelor of applied science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto and studied economics at the University of Calgary and computer science at UC Berkeley. He is the author of a book on SQL Server transactional replication and is currently working on books on merge replication and Microsoft search technologies.
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This was first published in January 2006

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