What is a GAM extent in SQL Server? What is a GAM Interval and how big is it really? Read on now to get the answers to these questions and see why a GAM interval is not 64000 extents.
SQL Server tracks the pages that belong to an allocation unit through special index allocation map pages, also called IAM pages. Each IAM page covers a single GAM-interval of the database file. All IAM pages of a single allocation unit together build an IAM-chain. Read on to find out more.