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I'm using SQL server 2008 R2. I asked a similar question before on this forum, now I'm asking:

  • First, can I change the fill factor while the database is in use?
  • Second, how can I determine the most suitable value for our server fill factor? On what does this depend?

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"yes", you can change the fill factor while the database is in use... If you can accept the blocking! I've found that it is seldom a good idea to have it different that 0 (or 100).

The dbreindex will not work on your heaps, so you should create a clustered index instead. (see for instance this Kimberly Tripps blog post or this https://www.brentozar.com/blitzindex/sp_blitzindex-self-loathing-indexes/ on "heaps with forwarded records"

You may also want to download sp_Bliz from https://www.brentozar.com/blitz/. This will help you investigate what may help your server run faster.

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  • and that server is out of support. Get upgraded and use Query Store to see what the problem really is. Dec 17, 2019 at 7:21

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