Herve has done some work experimenting with max degree of parallelism (DOP) on some large multi processor blocks and based on that, has some recommendations for you if you're using more than 8 processors. Good reading!
New author! Mike Pearson discusses how auto close was at the root of a performance problem he was troubleshooting, how you can check your servers easily, and discusses why both auto close and auto shrink are bad ideas in a production environment.
Recompilation yields superior performance in some situations, although excessive recompilation can be detrimental. This article will discuss some of these costs and benefits, and will draw on contrasts between different versions of SQL Server to provide further context for understanding recompilation.
This article is a case study of a performance problem at SQLServerCentral.com with our FAQ area using text columns. This will show you how to use the TEXT IN ROW feature built into SQL Server 2000 to improve the performance of these columns.