Just discovered whilst at TechEd that Microsoft policies for SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment are not much known as yet to the majority of the public.
Therefore the PFE in me 🙂 wants to be sure that when you opt for virtualization you are in a safe position to receive support from myself, my PFE colleagues or from GTSCs when things go wrong.
So, here’s the deal:
Microsoft provides technical support for SQL Server 2005 and for SQL Server 2008 that are running in the following hardware virtualization environments:
Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
Configurations that are certified through the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).
KB article http://support.microsoft.com/?id=956893 has been updated as the single resource to obtain information on support policies for SQL Server running in a hardware virtualization environment.
If you are looking to take advantage of virtualization, here are some must read articles you should look at:
WHITEPAPER: Running SQL Server 2008 in a Hyper-V Environment – Best Practices and Performance Recommendations
By the way, this is the blog from the SQL Cat team. One of my favorite RSS feeds on SQL ever!
Licencing – Virtualization and Multi-Instancing
Migrating a virtual machine from Virtual PC to Hyper-V
– Beatrice Nicolini –