Rolling out SQL Servers is a key task for DBAs. While for some DBAs this can be a frequent exercise, others will have to face it one time or other throughout their career in an organisation.
Successfully planning an installation requires a fair bit of knowledge about SQL Server and a basic understanding of the operating system. Once the installation is complete, the system usually needs some changes to default configuration before production databases can be rolled out. In this article I list some common steps that I take after installing a SQL Server. This can be used as a checklist to ensure consistency for all the SQL Servers that you roll out.
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