SQL Server and Virtualization – can we help?


 

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


http://sqlcat.com/whitepapers/archive/2008/10/03/running-sql-server-2008-in-a-hyper-v-environment-best-practices-and-performance-recommendations.aspx


 


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


http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/2005/en/us/special-considerations.aspx#Virtualization


 


Migrating a virtual machine from Virtual PC to Hyper-V


http://blogs.technet.com/andrew/archive/2008/06/30/migrating-a-virtual-machine-from-virtual-pc-to-hyper-v.aspx


 


Beatrice Nicolini –

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