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Starting a new job on Monday, and Sharepoint is involved, need suggestion on managing the SQL side.


Starting a new job on Monday, and Sharepoint is involved, need suggestion on managing the SQL side.

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Yep, I got a new job! w00t

The scary part, I'm expected to help the Sharepoint team with the SQL side of Sharepoint. So I've loaded up SP2010 on my home lab, starting to get a feel for it (never used it / saw it before) but I want something that might help quicker.

Any suggestions on a Sharepoint book that will help me on the DB side of things?
Even if it's more aimed at the Sharepoint admins, but has information about managing the DBs, if you think it would be helpful, list it...

Thanks all!
Jason A.
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I feel for you. We run several SharePoint sites and it has been more difficult to find definitive answers regarding SQL database configuration, troubleshooting, etc. than with non-SharePoint databases.

That said, here is an article from Kimberly Tripp I refer back to from time to time:
http://www.sqlskills.com/blogs/kimberly/database-maintenance-best-practices-part-i-clarifying-ambiguous-recommendations-for-sharepoint/
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Thanks!

I came across that one in my searching as well, but hadn't bookmarked it.

I'm starting to think what I might do is find a "beginners guide to Sharepoint implementation and management" so I can get a feel for it from the Sharepoint side and what is suggested.

Wish me luck (or skill!)
Jason
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Hi,

What will you need to do with the back end SQL databases behind Sharepoint? In my experience, Sharepoint creates its own databases, just make sure the default data and log file paths in the SQL instance are set to where you want them to go.

Once the app creates the databases you can setup the maintenance and backup plans as you see fit.

Andrew
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Well, at the moment, I'm not sure, so it might be nothing more than as you say, setting up backups / testing backups (need to learn CommVault) / maybe optimizing the server / keeping an eye on space.

I'm trying to get a jump on things, before I start...

Jason
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Add hoc workloads, maxdop and auto-update statistics (not), are a few of the configuration settings that come to mind when looking into optimizing a SQL Server for running SharePoint.

One of the difficulties I have had with determining best settings was sorting the bad advice from the good. Just be aware of who the source of the information is. If recommendations are from a SharePoint admin or developer, then verify that advice through a trusted SQL DBA as well.

Bret
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