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 –