Keep the Locks Configuration Option Default Value

Applies to: yesSQL Server (all supported versions)

This rule checks the value of the locks configuration option. This option determines the maximum number of available locks. This limits how much memory the SQL Server Database Engine uses for locks. The default setting of 0 enables the Database Engine to allocate and deallocate lock structures dynamically based on changing system requirements.

If locks is nonzero, batch jobs will stop, and an "out of locks" error message will be generated, if the value specified is exceeded.

Best Practices Recommendations

Use the sp_configure system stored procedure to change the value of locks to its default setting by using the following statement:

EXEC sp_configure 'locks', 0;  

For More Information

Configure the locks Server Configuration Option

sys.dm_tran_locks (Transact-SQL)

sys.dm_os_wait_stats (Transact-SQL)

Microsoft Knowledge Base article 271509

See Also

Monitor and Enforce Best Practices by Using Policy-Based Management