SQL Server Support, Failover Clustering and Virtualization

On May 19th, Microsoft has updated the Support Policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment, which you can find at the following link: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956893/en-us   The main update is related to guest failover clustering, therefore when you create a SQL Server failover cluster inside a virtual machine where…

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Whitepaper – Disk Partition Alignment Best Practices for SQL Server

I’ve blogged some time ago about Microsoft recommendations for maximizing the performances of your disks subsystem for a SQL Server implementation:   SQL Server – Speed up your Disks! http://blogs.technet.com/beatrice/archive/2008/06/09/sql-server-speed-up-your-disks.aspx   Collection of SQL Server Storage Best Practices http://blogs.technet.com/beatrice/archive/2008/04/07/collection-of-sql-server-storage-best-practices.aspx   Finally there’s available directly from the SQL CAT Team a new whitepaper stating which are the …

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Old MPS Reports Dismissed – New Version Ready!

A new version of MPS Reports has been released late April, at the following link: Microsoft Product Support Reports http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=CEBF3C7C-7CA5-408F-88B7-F9C79B7306C0&displaylang=en   Amongst the main differences:   With the new MPS reports, there is only one download, based on your system architecture (x86 or x64).  The supported Operating Systems for the new tool are Windows XP,…

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