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SQL Server Indexes: The Forgotten Fill-Factor


About This Video
While we all know the fill factor index option when creating or rebuilding an index, few know about the huge impact a fill factor has on the performance of your machine.

Most DBA’s treat the fill-factor as a static server setting and “forget about it”.

“What number should I set the fill-factor to?” is a very challenging question that most DBA’s should bother about. High fill-factors have high data densities, while low fill-factors can cope better with non-sequential IO.

The challenge is to find a statistical model that will minimize fragmentation, optimize insert performance while reducing disk usage overhead and all this without stressing the maintenance window. By using a different approach for specific use cases this session will give you the tools to find the most optimal fill-factor for your tables.

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Published Date: November 30, 2012
Presented By: Karel Coenye




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