This always makes for interesting IT Pro discussions … Best practices for virtualizing heavy-duty application workloads, such as large SQL Server installations. With the launch of Windows Server 2012, we've greatly improved the ability to allocate large amounts of compute, network and storage resources to virtual machines. As a result, more and more environments are looking back at the workloads that they had previously considered "un-virtualizable", and they are now planning to migrate them into virtualized Private Clouds in their datacenter to gain better management control, physical resource utilization, and time/cost savings.
Recently, I spoke at the local Professional Association for SQL Server (SQLPASS) user group in Northern Ohio on the topic of "Virtualizing SQL Server with Windows Server 2012 & Hyper-V". It was a well-attended event with lots of interest in how best to take advantage of the new features in Windows Server 2012 for virtualized SQL Server database instance workloads. Below, I've provided a copy of my deck along with key discussion points. At the end of this article, I've also included a list of additional resources that I've found helpful when virtualizing SQL Server instances in my own projects.
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