I'm looking for confirmation/guidance on setting MAXDOP in a SQL Server instance with the following config:
Version : SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition Processor : 2 x AMD Opteron(TM) Processor 6234 = 24 cores Hyperthreading enabled
For this processor each individual socket has two NUMA nodes, each of which has 6 cores in it. Microsoft’s KB article, Recommendations and guidelines for the “max degree of parallelism” configuration option (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2806535) recommends that “For servers that have NUMA configured and hyperthreading enabled, the MAXDOP value should not exceed number of physical processors per NUMA node.” so I would want to set MAXDOP to 6 (the number of cores in one NUMA node.)
However, Microsoft’s documentation on the max degree of parallelism Option http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms181007(v=SQL.105).aspx tells me that the maximum value that can be used for MAXDOP in SQL Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition is 4.
So, i’m guessing that the version recommendation of MAXDOP 4 overrides the processor/NUMA recommendation of MAXDOP=6? Anyone else have this configuration and know what happens if I try and set MAXDOP to 6 regardless?