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Guest Clustering–What is it and do you need it?

I am pretty sure the term guest clustering is not a standard industry term nor is it official Microsoft speak, so what do I mean by it? I mean the business of creating a cluster out of a group of virtual machines – you might call this a virtual cluster but that might confuse it… Read more

Managing Dynamic Memory with SCVMM 2008 R2 sp1

Windows Server 2008 R2 sp1 introduced two key enhancement to Hyper-V, dynamic memory and remoteFX.  RemoteFX is a way of sharing a physical servers GPU to provide a better VDI experience and I’ll leave that for Simon to blog about, so back to dynamic memory.  This seemingly minor enhancement to Hyper-V allows you to setup… Read more

What is ADFS, and why you should care?

Active Directory Federated Services (ADFS) doesn’t sound like the most exciting topic for a post, but I am going to post on it anyway precisely because it is boring. First let me log in to windows with a Live ID.. You’ll notice I have used my Microsoft alias to sign in, and I haven’t entered… Read more

Virtualisation for the DBA part 1 – Are you Bovvered?

  I have been at a couple of trade shows over the last couple of weeks and a consistent theme has emerged, the reluctance of DBA’s to virtualise SQL Server, whether or not that is Hyper-V.  If you fall into this camp please read-on… Hopefully we can agree that many organisations are worried about SQL… Read more

Windows Server 2008 Enterprise edition and Virtualisation

I get quite a few questions about virtualising SQL Server and typically today this is on VMWare so yesterday I went along to find out more at the VMWare London User Group.  In the current world of computing, vendors compete with everyone but also has alliances with everyone (a bit like the UN really!).  So… Read more

SQL Server upgrade perception and reality

I had two contrasting conversation about upgrade to SQL Server 2008 yesterday. A good friend of mine Darren is keen to use SQL Server 2008 for his new projects because he understands how it makes much better use of the many cores available on his new servers and works well with Windows Server 2008.  Conversely… Read more

Putting SQL Server on the MAP

Usually when I mention SQL Server and map in the same blog it’s a post on geospatial data but not today; today I want to talk about assessment and planning your SQL Server infrastructure.  I know of several DBA’s who don’t know how many SQL Servers they have much less what stare they are in… Read more

SQL Server Lifecycle and Support

My post announcing the next version of SQL Server picked up a couple of comments and rather than squeeze my reply in another comment I thought i would make it into a post. Most customers started adopting SQL Server 2000 in 2001/2. Back in those days my laptop had 256Mb RAM coupled with a Pentium… Read more

SQL Server versions side by side

There are occasions where you need multiple versions of SQL Server running at the same time and you may not have sufficient hardware to run them on separate machines. The traditional approach to this is to run an instance of each version, in fact I have one demo rig which has an instance of SQL… Read more

Windows 7’s big brother

I have got Windows 7 RC  running my games rig at home and all is well with Flight Simulator X, GRiD etc but what interests me at work is Windows Server 2008 r2.  This is also at RC  and is available to download with your TechNet subscription here. Like Windows 7 it’s evolution not revolution… Read more