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Microsoft® SQL Server® 2008 Internals by Paul Randal Kalen Delaney Kimberly Tripp, and Conor Cunningham

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SQL Server Configuration Settings

If you choose to have SQL Server automatically configure your system, it dynamically adjusts the most important configuration options for you. It’s best to accept the default configuration values unless you have a good reason to change them. A poorly configured system can destroy performance. For example, a system with an incorrectly configured memory setting can break an application.

In certain cases, tweaking the settings rather than letting SQL Server dynamically adjust them might lead to a tiny performance improvement, but your time is probably better spent on application and database designing, indexing, query tuning, and other such activities, which we’ll talk about later in this book. You might see only ...

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