Sql-server – How much “Padding” do I put on the indexes


How do you know how much "Padding" an index should have?

Best Answer

If you're referring to the fill factor of the index, the only legitimate answer that you can get is "it depends." The fill factor of an index can be varied based on how much you'll be inserting into the existing leaf level pages of the index.

It's going to be best to create your indexes using the default settings and monitor the level of fragmentation over a period of time. You should also be routinely performing index maintenance using an index maintenance script. These scripts will automate the process of keeping your indexes in good operating condition.