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Use of system filter drivers can lead to SQL Server Database Engine performance degradation and consistency problems
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You might encounter the following symptoms when certain filter drivers are loaded into a system that is running Microsoft SQL Server components:
Filter drivers can be installed on a system as part of the Setup program of an application to provide a certain kind of functionality. Examples include antivirus protection, online backups, encryption services, and data compression or defragmentation facilities. These filter drivers insert themselves into the Windows driver stack to enhance or alter the behavior of requests that pass through the driver stack and that are intended for a device.
Under some conditions, these requests may either take a long time to complete or consume excessive resources. When this occurs, various problems occur that are discussed in the "Symptoms" section. Also, there might be some form of incompatibility between the different filter drivers that are present in the same driver stack and that could also lead to some of the problems that are discussed in the "Symptoms" section.
The general approach to resolve these situations is as follows.
Note See the "More Information" section for more information about each of the following steps:
In some instances, you may have to perform all these actions. Refer to the "More information" section for instructions that are specific to certain filter drivers.
Microsoft Customer Support and Services team (CSS) had identified the following filter drivers that can cause the symptoms that are mentioned in this article. This list will be updated when new issues are found. This list is provided to help with the identification process that was described in the "Resolution" section. Finding the problematic filter driver typically involves collecting an iterative set of diagnostic and tracing data when the problem occurs.
The following filter drivers that can cause performance and stability issues for SQL Server:
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Article ID: 2454053 - Last Review: June 4, 2012 - Revision: 3.0