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Using Diskspd To Test Storage Performance

Aamir Syed gives an example of Diskspd parameters to test a storage subsystem:

It’s important to test your storage performance especially prior to installing or deploying a new SQL Server.

Microsoft has provided us with a great tool called¬†Diskspd, which was meant to replace SQLIO. Diskspd synthetically generates workloads to run against your server.¬† It’s pretty robust and has a lot of parameters so that you can customize your test.

Ex. In the command below, I specified -b8k, which means the block size is going to run at 8k, which is the size that SQL uses for pages.

Click through for a sample run and explanation of each parameter.