If you have a look around the web (using your favourite Bing search engine), for virtualising/virtualizing SAP, you’ll find a lot of links for virtualising that workload on VMware, but what about Hyper-V? Do SAP support Hyper-V as a platform? Are there any recommendations if they do? Yes, and yes, and with the latest announcement, they now support Hyper-V R2 as the virtualisation platform, which brings in significant advantages around Live Migration, Second Level Address Translation (SLAT) support, and improved networking capabilities to name but a few.
Last year, there was a best practices white paper released, which detailed optimum configurations for SAP virtualised on R1 of Hyper-V, so this is still going to be relatively useful for R2, especially when combined with the Performance Tuning Guidelines for Windows Server 2008 R2 that I blogged about a few weeks back.
If you head on over to the SAP Community, and look at the Virtualisation on Windows page, you’ll see the statement of support front and centre, however one thing to be aware of, is that SAP will support Hyper-V R2 as the platform, but the guest OS that SAP runs on has to be Windows Server 2008, or 2003.
If you’re interested, there’s more guidance here:
If you’re thinking about virtualising SAP, ESX isn’t the only hypervisor in town…