Great article, Michael! This is indeed often overlooked.
I was blogging about this last year and provided the scripts for doing this using T-SQL: http://databaserefresh.com/blog/2012/11/10/...
SQL Server VersionsCommented on: 7 years ago
(October 27, 2007)
Here is the greatest resource I use for several years to track SQL Server versions: http://www.sqlsecurity.com/FAQs/SQLServerVersionDatabase/tabid/63/Default.aspx
SQL Server EditionsCommented on: 9 years ago
(June 2, 2005)
I can not find clear information about SQL Server Standard Edition and SAN. As I understood from you article this configuration is not supported. I am right?
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