disk defrag server 2008 R2

Posted on 2012-09-14
Last Modified: 2012-09-16
I have two new Dell PowerEdge Server 2008 R2
-Dell T310 RAID10 controller PERC H200A SAS drives
-Dell R415 RAID5 controller S300 SAS drives
Both servers will be running databases
one with SQL and one without

-I usually install Executive Diskeeper on my servers
-I've been impressed with Windows 7 Prof. 64 bit disk defragmenter program

I'm thinking us simply using Server 2008 R2 disk defragment program that comes with 2008 server and it's schedular.
Any feed back would be appricated
Question by:jsarinana
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    In the grand scheme of things it won't make that much difference either way.  If you want to spend some money then your better off putting it into a memory upgrade.
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    Thanks dlethe,
    Looking for uses experience on Windows backup on Server 2008 feed back
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    by:Darius Ghassem
    Windows 2008 Server R2 disk defrag is just ask good as any other you might not get as many options as the other tools but for disk defragging the server does just as good a job as the others
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    I've got 20+ years as a RAID subsystem/controller architect.  First, defraggers have a place, but the rules change considerably if your storage is behind a controller.   As example, most likely your data is being read/written 128KB or 256KB at a time.   Defraggers are not aware of the true physical layout.    So no matter which product you use, neither is going to be incredibly efficient.  

    To be blunt, you are throwing your money away on a commercial defragger and that the benefit in the real world with a premium RAID controller and SAS disks is statistically insignificant.  

    If you run perfmon and the queue depth is <= 2, then defragging probably won't buy you anything at all anyway, since you aren't having any problems getting to the data you need as soon as you want it.
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    by:Brad Bouchard
    I HIGHLY RECOMMEND NEVER USING DISKEEPER.  I just had to uninstall it off a client's Exchange 2003 SBS 2003 server because it wouldn't allow users to sync through Activesync on their mobile devices.  

    Either use Auslogics defrag tool, or the built in Windows one is fine.
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