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Posted Feb 16, 2010

SQL Server Consolidation using Hyper-V and DELL Power Edge Hardware

By DatabaseJournal.com Staff

One of the buzzwords in today’s IT vocabulary is “consolidation”.  With consolidation your can maximize the use of your computer hardware by building multiple virtual machines that are supported by a single host machine.  With the coming of Windows Server 2008, Microsoft introduced Hyper-V as mechanism to leverage the operating system to support virtualization. 

This white paper will guide you through how to use Hyper-V to exploit virtualization on DELL Power Edge R900 and R905 machines.  Principle Technology, the writers of this white paper, have performed hands on testing and real world experience to bring you some best practices in using Hyper-V to consolidate multiple SQL Server instances onto a single physical machine.  This paper discusses the specific concepts and procedures for consolidating SQL Server 2008 in a step-by-step approach.

As with any migration of technology to a new paradigm, you need to develop a plan.  Before you decide to use Hyper-V to consolidate your SQL Server instances, you need to do some pre-installation analysis.  This analysis will help you avoid pitfalls when performing a consolidation. Once you have identified your approach to consolidating your SQL Server instances, the deployment onto DELL Power Edge machines is basically a very straight forward process.
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