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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Surface Area Configuration in SQL Server 2008

When I ask the question, what is the difference between SQL Server 2005 and SQL server 2008, one of the differences told by many people is that the Surface Area Configuration has been removed in SQL Server 2008.
But in reality the options that were managed using the Surface Area Configuration tool in SQL Server 2005 are now being managed using Facets in Policy Based Management in SQL Server 2008 onwards.

Facet in general means “a predefined set of properties that can be managed

To access the Surface Area Configuration in SQL server 2008 onwards, follow the steps below.
  1.  Right Click on the Server and choose "Facets"


  2. In the resulting page, choose the facet “Surface Area Configuration” to manage the its properties



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