Better to put CRM 4.0 and SQL 2005 on different boxes?


I have a CRM 4.0 server that also houses SQL 2005 and database.

We have been advised by a 'specialist' that to improve performance (and reduce bugs) we should put the SQL and CRM  on to different servers.

Any validity that statement? Is that a common practice?
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Chinmay PatelChief Technical NinjaCommented:
Hi pdesjardins1,

To improve performance YES... to reduce bugs...... WELL!!!!


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Feridun KadirPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Agree with Chimnay. There is no requirement to have them on separate servers, however depending on how many users you have and how much work they will do it may be better to have a second server.

Are you experiencing performance issues at the moment?
pdesjardins1Author Commented:
Thank you for the comments.

We have 111 CRM users currently, but wish to expand that number.
Our CRM has never been 'fast'.
It is housed on a IBM 3500 quad 3.00 xeon, 4 gig ram. Windows 2003

For the past few months we have a w3wp.exe process that jumps from 0% to 80% and back every second. So my CPU use looks like this /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\/\ bouncing from 20 to 100% over and over again.
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Feridun KadirPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
I would think adding a second server may help. Or try increasing the ram to 8G first.
pdesjardins1Author Commented:
Thank you Feridun.
I think the max for Windows 2003 is 4 gig.
Feridun KadirPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Quite right. I was thinking of Windows 2008 64-bit edition.
pdesjardins1Author Commented:
Hold question open for a few more days. I will be moving CRM and SQL to different machines soon and will report back.
Feridun KadirPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
No problem.
pdesjardins1Author Commented:
after a few months delay...I have my new server.

Same question, different spin.

They want me to put CRM 4 on the new box and access the database that is on the current CRM box. Thus I will have 2 instances of CRM tapping the same database....can I do that??

I'm thinking no, but want to confirm.
Chinmay PatelChief Technical NinjaCommented:
no that's not possible.
pdesjardins1Author Commented:
Thanks Chinmay.

So to pull off this juggle...
I would remove CRM from old server
Install CRM on new server, pointing at the database on old server.

Do you see any problems or tricky bits I might run into?
Chinmay PatelChief Technical NinjaCommented:
Hi pdesjardins1,

Follow the instructios in this KB(the last one is what you are gonna follow)

Generally this is a piece of cake but people run into various issues so I would strongly recommned to take backup of existing database in case you run into issues.

pdesjardins1Author Commented:
Still trying to implement this suggestion.
Feridun KadirPrincipal ConsultantCommented:
Do you need more advice? or is it just time on your part.
pdesjardins1Author Commented:
It is time. Thanks feridun.
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