In conversations with customers and partners, most organizations running SharePoint are now considering running it on virtualized servers. Last week, Michael Noel, partner at Convergent Computing – a Microsoft Gold Partner and SharePoint MVP, sat down with me to talk about running SharePoint components virtually. Specifically, he provides his thoughts and experience on what SharePoint components you might want to run virtually – and when. Michael also authored a recently released paper, Virtualization of SharePoint Technologies and Products, for more information on the topic.
While we had Michael in Redmond, we talked on several points about management of the SharePoint environment; management of virtual machines, data protection and disaster recovery, and the role of knowledge in monitoring. We’ll post them here and on TechNet Edge over the next few weeks. A big thanks to Michael for spending this time and sharing his insights with us.