SQL Does Not Have the Required MaxDegree of Parallelism Setting of 1


SharePoint 2013

So you were quick to jump on SharePoint 2013 Preview, eh? If you are a good SharePoint person and are attempting to run SharePoint Products Configuration Wizard with least privilege, then you are probably at this post because you hit this:

Configuration Failed

Failed to create the configuration database.

This SQL Service instance does not have the required “maxdegree of parallelism” setting of 1. Database provisioning operations will continue to fail if “maxdgree of parallelism” is not set 1 or the current account does not have permissions to change the setting…


The default setting for this in SQL is 0 and this was not a requirement, but a recommendation, in SharePoint 2010. Our new buddy SharePoint 2013 requires that MAXDOP be set to exactly 1. Furthermore, as foreshadowed above, if you ran the wizard with a highly privilege account on SQL, then the account would automatically make the settings change and continue without this failure. However, for me and many others this is probably not the case.


Don’t get ahead of yourself though and simply make the settings change and re-run the wizard; you’re not out of the woods yet. When this failure occurred, it had already created the SharePoint_Config DB, meaning if you run the wizard again after making the settings change it will fail because the database already exists with the same name. While in SQL Server Management Studio switching MAXDOP make sure to delete the database before re-running the wizard.

Steps to Change Max Degree of Parallelism

Right click on the SQL Service Instance and select Properties

Under Advanced, locate Max Degree of Parallelism under the Parallelism section and switch the settings from 0 to 1.

Click Ok and you can now continue on with your SharePoint 2013 deployment!



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8 Comments on “SQL Does Not Have the Required MaxDegree of Parallelism Setting of 1”

  1. SharePointMedic Says:

    Just a quick comment on:
    “Our new buddy SharePoint 2013 requires that MAXDOP be set to at least 1”

    that should be:
    “Our new buddy SharePoint 2013 requires that MAXDOP be set to exactly 1”

    configuration will still fail if you specify a higher value….tried it ….

    best regards



  2. Marcos Freccia Says:

    Hi Adam,

    I cannot agree with your reason for this problem, once I assume this a Sharepoint problem. Imagine if I have other databases in the SQL instance that I am going to install Sharepoint 2013, and also it is a production SQL Server.

    As I am a SQL Server DBA I’d never permit someone to setup the MAXDOP in SQL Server without my opinion or Microsoft CSS to advising me why i should do that.

    Marcos Freccia


    • Adam Preston Says:

      Marcos – Thanks for the comment. This setting is not something new. It was actually a best practice recommendation by MS for SharePoint 2010 as noted here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh292622.aspx. However, it is now a requirement in order to install and use SharePoint 2013 – not my saying so, MS saying so. Also, I would never recommend SharePoint being installed on a SQL instance that is being used for other applications. SharePoint is selfish and doesn’t like to share. 🙂 Thanks again for the comment and visiting my blog.


      • Marcos Freccia Says:

        Hi Adam,

        I understand that Sharepoint needs a special instance, but that’s the perfect world and sometimes it is not possible. Having a Microsoft link about this is truly awesome, because now we can argue with them about that.

        Thanks for answering!!. 🙂

    • Chris Carmichael Says:

      Please never install other databases in a SP instance. Like Adam says, Sharepoint is stingy and you are only asking for trouble. Things like this MDOP setting are a great example. Our SQL clusters standardize on MDOP value of 8, but SP 2013 requires 1. Again, as Adam points out 2010 it was not only a recommendation, but if you ever did a RAP with Microsoft (risk assessment), they would tell you it’s not supported.

      If “it’s not possible” to keep Sharepoint segregated in it’s own instance, then it sounds like the company probably either can’t afford it or they don’t have the expertise to be running it.


  3. Rayvn Says:

    Thank you so much Adam! It’s taken me several days (and counting) to setup a dev environment – win2k12 & SP13. Between the two of them – I may have no fingernails left in a few days!



  1. Instalando SharePoint Server 2013 Preview « - 08/16/2012

    […] Que foi resolvido com ajuda do Freccia, alterando no SQL nas propriedades da instância – “Advanced” > Parallelism > alterei de 0 para 1 . Mesma solução encontrei em alguns posts na Web também: (https://sharepointadam.com/2012/07/20/sql-does-not-have-the-required-maxdegree-of-parallelism-setting…) […]

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