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Configuring SQL Server on storage area networks (SANs)

If you're a DBA who's just beginning to work with storage area networks in your SQL Server environment, this webcast will guide you through best practices for SAN configuration.

SQL Server MVP Hilary Cotter takes you from the pros and cons of SANs and disk fundamentals to the ideal number of LUNs and disk performance counter settings for the buffer manager.

Other SQL Server and SAN setup details discussed in this webcast include:

  • RAID 5 vs. RAID 10
  • Partition alignment
  • Read cache/Write cache
  • SQLIO and SQLIOStress tools
  • Filegroups/Files per LUN
  • TembDB placement


Hilary Cotter SQL Server MVP Hilary Cotter, SQL Server MVP, has been involved in IT for more than 20 years as a Web and database consultant, and has worked with SQL Server for 11 years. Cotter is Director of Text Mining at RelevantNoise, dedicated to indexing blogs for business intelligence. 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 author of the book "A Guide to SQL Server 2000 Transactional and Snapshot Replication" and is currently working on books devoted to merge replication and Microsoft search technologies. Hilary Cotter can be contacted at
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Jun 10, 2008, 09:00 EDT (13:00 GMT)

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