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In SQL server one can use resource pools and workload groups, what is the difference between them? Why should I use one over the other?

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Resource Governor Concepts

  • Resource pools. A resource pool, represents the physical resources of the server. You can think of a pool as a virtual SQL Server instance inside of a SQL Server instance.

  • Workload groups. A workload group serves as a container for session requests that have similar classification criteria. A workload allows for aggregate monitoring of the sessions, and defines policies for the sessions. Each workload group is in a resource pool.

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