Software Requirements

The software requirements for installing SQL Server will vary according to its intended use and the version you are installing. Consideration must be given to which operating system you require, the file system you will use, and which, if any, service packs and updates must be installed.

Operating System

The various combinations of operating systems and SQL Server 2000 editions and components are listed in Table 8.6.

Table 8.6. Selection of the Appropriate Operating System
SQL Server Edition or Component Operating System
Enterprise Edition Windows NT 4.0 Server, NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Edition, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.
Standard Edition Windows NT 4.0 Server, NT 4.0 Server Enterprise Edition, Windows 2000 Server, Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.
Personal Edition Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 98, NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, and the NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 servers (all).
Windows CE Windows CE.
Developer Edition Windows NT 4.0 Workstation, Windows 2000 Professional, Windows XP, and the NT 4.0 and Windows 2000 servers.
Client Tools Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me, and Windows 98.
Connectivity only Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows 98, and Windows 95.

File System

SQL Server can be installed on drives formatted with FAT, FAT32, or NTFS. The NTFS file system is highly recommended for its security and recovery advantages.

When formatting partitions for data storage, additional performance gains can be achieved by using NTFS formatted with a 64KB cluster size, achieving a one-to-one ratio with the SQL Server data extent size.

NOTE

Storing SQL Servers' data and log files on compressed volumes is strongly discouraged as it can seriously degrade SQL Server performance. Compression is supported only on NTFS volumes and can be specified during the format process or later by changing the volume properties. Specific subdirectories can also be compressed within an NTFS volume. Verify that compression is not activated for any volume or directory that will be used by SQL Server for data and log files. If you discover an NTFS volume or directory is using compression, you might need to go through and expand operation to disable compression.

SQL Server 2000 supports the use of raw partitions for storing database files. A raw partition is a disk partition that has not been formatted with any file system. Rather than specifying a physical filename when creating a database file on a raw partition, you specify only the drive letter of the disk partition. As no filename is specified for files on raw partitions, only one file per partition is possible. The performance advantage of raw partitions over files is slight, and file manipulation operations such as copy, move, and delete are not supported. Additionally, database files on raw partitions cannot be automatically expanded. For these reasons, it is recommended that you use files created on NTFS or FAT partitions instead of raw partitions.

A great new feature for Windows 2000 is the ability to mount partitions to empty folders. By pre-creating a folder structure based on mounted partitions, you can logically group files, while keeping them physically separate to avoid contention. Consider a folder called D:\DATABASE1 with subfolders DATA1 and LOG1. If you were to mount hard drive 2 to DATA1 and hard drive 3 to LOG1, the files would be grouped logically but actually would reside physically on separate drives. The Unix folks have been using mounted disks like this for years.

Other Prerequisites

When installing SQL Server 2000 on any version of Windows NT 4.0, Service Pack 5 or higher must be installed. All installations require at least Internet Explorer Version 5.0 (IE 6.0 is out, so go ahead and move to that version if you can) to support the Microsoft Management Console (MMC); however, if only connectivity is required, IE 4.01 SP2 will suffice. For Windows 95 (connectivity only), the Winsock 2 update must be installed. This is provided on the SQL Server installation disk.



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    Part IV: Transact-SQL
    Part V: SQL Server Internals and Performance Tuning
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