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Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Administration Cookbook by Peter Serzo

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Creating and associating content databases to a specific web application and site collection

A web application is not limited to using a single content database. SharePoint allows you to associate many content databases to a web application. One of the reasons to do this could be based on the size of the content database. If the content database is larger than 200 gigabytes, it makes more sense to distribute this content across two content databases.

A different consideration is factoring the type of data that is being housed in the content database. If there is a marketing site that contains media files such as photos and video, it may be desirable to create a content database just for this site collection data. Another example is housing all ...

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