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Embedded Database VS Sequel Server

Created: 11 Oct 2010 • Updated: 11 Oct 2010 | 12 comments
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I'm getting ready to upgrade SEP for a couple of small clients. I am looking for an article that compares the two installations and addresses the advantages and disadvantages of each. I didn't find anything specific but what I gathered is that for larger sites a SQL server installation is preferable over an embedded DB. Can someone point me toward some articles that will help me in making the best decision?

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zachredmon's picture

What amount of memory is recommended for SQL server?

Thomas K's picture

Management Server

Hardware
32-bit systems:

  • 1 GB RAM (2-4 GB recommended)
  • 4 GB on the hard disk for the server, plus 4 GB for the database

http://www.symantec.com/business/products/sysreq.j...

zachredmon's picture

Thanks for the info guys. I'll be using an embedded Database.

Rafeeq's picture

For smaller clients Embedded is good; does not need any license like SQL :) 

postechgeek's picture

The embedded sybase database is good for up to 5,000 clients. It's good for a standard install of of the SEPM. If you are going to do load balancing or replication that's when I would go for the SQL database.

Make sure you backup the database often. This is a good KB that will help:

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security....

From the server, launch the database backup tool from START>Symantec Endpoint Protection Manager>Database Backup and Restore

Symanticus's picture

Does SEP works with the SQL Server Express Edition ?

/* Infrastructure Support Engineer */

Rafeeq's picture

These are supported versions

Microsoft SQL Server requirements for Symantec Endpoint Security 11.0 and Symantec Network Access Control 11.0

http://service1.symantec.com/SUPPORT/ent-security.nsf/2326c6a13572aeb788257363002b62aa/216db2f2828c1274ca25737b0040d3e5?OpenDocument

postechgeek's picture

@ Albert,

I don't think SQL Express is supported because of the 4GB limit. I think people have made it work however.

Symanticus's picture

ah.. IC but it is good to know man, thanks for the clarification.

Cheers.

/* Infrastructure Support Engineer */