VMware Press – “Virtualising SQL Server with VMware – Doing It Right”

I have just finished reading “Virtualising SQL Server with VMware – Doing It Right” by Michael Corey, Jeff Szastak and Michael “WebScale” WebsterWhat a great read!  For anyone who has business critical applications that use SQL Server and they want to virtualise with vSphere, this book is for you.

On a personal note, Michael Webster assisted my company in 2013 with a business critical SQL Server 2012 implementation, so I can attest to the efficacy of the methodology and techniques described in this tome.

The publication is 513 pages, comprising of 11 chapters that have the following content:

  • Chapters 1 – 3 can be used for convincing management and the reluctant DBA on the benefits of virtualising physical SQL servers.
  • Chapters 4 – 8 cover the “recipe for success” of people, process and technology; including the design choices you need to consider for SQL Server, Compute, Storage and Network.
  • Chapter 9 is a great section detailing the Availability options you have with vSphere and SQL Server.
  • Chapter 10 covers “baselining” the physical SQL Server before virtualising, to ensure a “right-sized” VM.
  • Chapter 11 describes how to correctly test your virtualised SQL server.

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