• Adam Thurgar

Instant File Initialization

When doing system health checks I still see a number of systems that are not using Instant File Initialization (IFI). This feature of SQL Server, can provide significant performance improvement for operations that require an increase in the size of data files, such as database creation, restore, and file growth. Without IFI enabled, zeroes have to be written into the newly allocated file space, which is a time-consuming operation. With IFI enabled, space is allocated to the file, but zeroes are not written.

The requirements to enable IFI are in the following link.


Check your SQL Server to see if IFI is enabled and if not then work with you sysadmin to get it enabled.

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