Coming from an Oracle background, this may seem like an illogical question, but is there any limit or sweet spot in the number of databases, or schemas as they're refered to in Oracle, on a typlical sql server install? Not taking into account connected users or query activity, is it ok to have dozens, and possibly hundreds of separated object collections within a single running sql server environment? Any issue with number of objects, data files or log files? Any point where the catalog gets cluttered? We're talking a relatively low use and smaller DB (probably under 1TB log and data total) and many, many small systems with a few in the 100g size. Given a reasonable server (4 newer faster CPU engine and 16g memory), would there be any considerations in management, backup and the general stuff that's done with a many db in one instance SQL Server install? Is there a point where multiple machines would be recommended? Again, not based on user access or general load, but in object management and general server management. Thanks Bob Not a downstroke, fistpicker.