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Changes in support for virtual machine snapshots for SQL Server

First off, I have to say that writing a book and working on a challenging project for a customer at the same time does not translate well into having a lot of time to blog.  Shame on me – I need to do better. Back to business.  Last year I wrote an article about using virtual machine snapshots with business critical applications like Exchange and SQL.  In it I provided a quote from Microsoft’s support policy for running SQL Server

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2012 – The Year of SQL Virtualization

Those of you who follow me on Twitter have probably seen me say this a few times – 2012 will be the year of SQL virtualization, specifically SQL on vSphere.  I figured it was about time to back that up with some facts and some opinions on just why I am so adamant about that statement. I spend a lot of time talking to organizations and helping them virtualize their mission critical applications.  In the last few years, many organizations

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Virtual machine snapshots and tier-1 apps: Not always supported

After seeing a discussion in the vExpert forums and in my own experience in talking to customers, I came to the conclusion that many people aren’t aware of some of the support restrictions around virtualizing tier-1 Microsoft applications. The one support requirement that many folks aren’t aware of is the use of virtual machine snapshots on Microsoft applications, particularly Exchange or SQL.  For both applications, Microsoft is explicit in stating that virtual machine snapshots of any kind are not supported.

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New SQL 2012 Licensing and Its Impact On Virtualization

Last week Microsoft released their updated licensing scheme for SQL Server 2012, which is due to be released next year.  Though there are a number of changes to the product and to how it is licensed, in my mind the biggest change is that Microsoft has moved to a per core licensing model for SQL.  The Server + CAL model still exists as well but for this post I’ll focus on the per core licensing and changes that affect those

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