Monday, November 15, 2010

SharePoint Server 2010 Capacity Management– talking about software boundaries and limits

Some interesting stuff about software boundaries and limits in SharePoint Server 2010 – take a look at the table below. You should make a distinction between hard limits (which you simply should not exceed) and soft limits – which are a sort of recommendation.

Soft limits    
  2007 2010
Content DB Size 100 GB 200 GB
File Size 2 GB 2 GB
DB’s per web app 100 300
Site collection size 100 GB 100 GB
List items per view 2000 5000
Application Pools 8 per web server 10 per web server
Managed Paths 20 per web app 20 per web app
Documents in a library   30 million with nesting. Depends heavily on usage and size of the documents
Indexed items in search 50 million 100 million

There is also a Technet article – SharePoint Server 2010 Capacity Management: Software Boundaries and limits – which provides some additional guidance – this also puts the numbers listed above a little more in perspective.

Content database sizes up to 1 terabyte are supported only for large, single-site repositories and archives with non-collaborative I/O and usage patterns, such as Records Centers. Larger database sizes are supported for these scenarios because their I/O patterns and typical data structure formats have been designed for, and tested at, larger scales.

For a full overview of the different white papers  - check out SharePoint Server 2010 performance and capacity test results and recommendations.

In general the new scale targets for 2010 go above and beyond the ones set in 2007 but design is still important although it becomes more difficult to bring a farm down by just putting millions of docs in one library – check out It looks like you’re building a large library. Would you like help? as well as Working with large lists in SharePoint 2010 – List Throttling .

Happy SharePoint-ing


1 comment:

mark said...

Useful information, many thanks to the author.
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