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SQL Server 2008 at TechEd

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I have finally finished at TechEd after another round of interesting questions on the Microsoft SQL Server ask the experts stand. Virtualisation was the consistent hot topic  and the 2 FAQ’s are:

Is it supported?  Yes fully in a variety of situations the chapter on verse for Hyper-V is here. Apparently there are other virtualisation platforms out there and so there is also a Server Virtualisation Validation Program (SVVP) which also means that Microsoft will also support SQL Server (and the rest of the Microsoft server) on a variety of other Virtualisation platforms including selected products from:

  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Oracle, USA Inc.
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Unisys Corp.
  • Virtual Iron Software
  • VMware, Inc.
 Is it fast?  The SQL CAT team have a good whitepaper on this here contrasting physical and virtual performance in Hyper-V.  Other vendors have done similar work so check your vendors web sites for their research.
What about High Availability Configurations in a Virtual Environment?   I need to look into this a bit more (to get the precise word on what is supported) so I will make this question a post in it’s own right when I get the definite word.
In the meantime, it’s time for some sleep as the parties are all this week are just a blur..


Photo’s courtesy of Kevin Moran