No Surface Area Configuration Tool in SQL Server 2008 – Facets!

Ive never been a big user of the SAC tool in SQL Server 2005. Always prefered to make the changed via sp_configure. However, on looking for it on one of our SQL Server 2008 instances, i couldnt find it. At first i thought it might be an incorrect installation issue, but on investigation it seems that the Surface area configuration tool has been deprecated!

The tool has now been divided up into different sections available via SSMS itself. In a way, this is where this tool should exist anyway, not as a seperate entity.

a) Instance and Database Engine Features:

This will now be done through SSMS (SQL Server Management Studio).  Right click on the instance and select Facets as shown in the image below:

And you can pick and choose what you want to confgure.  Surface Area configuration is one of the facets.  Another thing that you would note in the above image at the bottom right hand side is “Export Current State as Policy” – using this, one can then use that policy across the group in order to have a consistent environment.

And likewise, for the database parameters, you right click on the database in question and select facets and will get a similar screen where you can set the parameters for the database:

Connections, Protocols and StartUp options:

These are done via the SQL Server Configuration Manager.  This remains the same as before.


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