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SharePoint Database Sizing – a request for information

When planning a deployment, one of the fundamental issues that needs to be addressed is providing sufficient capacity to accommodate the anticipated growth of the SharePoint environment. Microsoft provides some detail on best practices for capacity planning and management for SharePoint, mostly focussed on content or search database sizing and the effect upon performance.

Information on the size of SharePoint configuration databases is however decidedly thin on the ground. The second of the TechNet articles linked above lists the configuration database as being around 1.5 GB in size and states that the “configuration database will generally not grow past this size” although this is “not a hard limit”.

So this begs the question: just how large can the configuration database get? And how about the other supporting databases such as the Central Admininstration (SharePoint_AdminContent) and SSP database (SharedServices1_DB)?

And for the answer to this I’m turning to you good readers. Please vote to indicate the size of your configuration and other supporting databases so that we can all benefit from being better able to plan for the growth of SharePoint. If you have some interesting findings you’d like to share, please leave a comment.

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