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How to configure an Enterprise deployment of SQL 2005

Posted By:      Posted Date: September 16, 2010    Points: 0   Category :Sql Server
I'm interested in reading about best practices or recommended deployments for MS SQL 2005.  Currently our company owns 8 x SQL 2005 Enterprise Processor licenses.  We have 4 HP DL380's with the following configurations:               6GB RAM             Mirrored 72GB drives for OS (Windows 2003 Ent R2)             4TB Shared storage (SAN) (15K Fiber Channel)             Dual 3.6GHz Processors             We would like to create a highly available data warehouse.  We considered running the SQL engine on one set of servers (Cluster 1) and running the reporting, analysis, browser, etc., services on the other set of servers (Cluster 2).   Is this possible with MS SQL 2005? How do we install and link all the servers together? Is this a poor design? With the above hardware and software, what would be the best deployment for availability, distributed processing, speed, and reliability and scalability?   Thank you.   =G

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