SQL Best Practices for SharePoint Farm – Use Latin1_General_CI_AS_KS_WS Collation for SharePoint Database Engine

It is important to set Latin1_General_CI_AS_KS_WS collation for both SharePoint 2010 and SharePoint 2013 databases – Case insensitive, Accent sensitive, Kana sensitive, Width sensitive.

SharePoint uses the Latin1_General_CI_AS_KS_WS collation because the Latin1_General_CI_AS_KS_WS collation most closely matches the Microsoft Windows NTFS file system collation – http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2008668

You can validate Server Collation from General tab of SQL Server instance properties using SQL Server Management Studio

SQL Collation

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