Blog Archives

Green? If You Only Knew the Power of the Dark Side!

Default Server Power Plan

Continuing my blog series from SQL Saturday #132, I wanted to review one piece of good advice I received from the pre-conference training on Friday prior to the event.  The pre-con titled “Demystifying Database Administration Best Practices” was presented by Microsoft Certified Masters Robert Davis (twitter|blog) and Argenis Fernandez (twitter|blog).  

The default power setting for a new server is balanced as shown in the image above.  This is great when you are trying to achieve a green workplace.  But did you realize that you purchased hardware and now you are not using it to its full power?  Why would you purchase a powerful server and then not use the server to its full capacity?  Why not just buy a less powerful server if that is the goal?

Want to see the difference in the balance power plan and the high performance?  Download the freeware CPU-Z utility from CPUID.  This is a great utility for the administrator for more reasons than just this one as it gives realtime analysis for your CPU, memory, and graphics.

CPU Performance with Balance Power Plan

Check your servers, you may be running short on some power.  Stay tuned for more items in our next installment.  Enjoy!

%d bloggers like this: