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PASS 2010 Birds of a Feather Lunch

We are just weeks away from the #SQLPASS North American Summit for 2010 and yesterday. Mike Walsh (Blog|Twitter) posted the list of topics for the Birds of a Feather Lunch event that was started last year and has been continued into this year. 

PASS Summit MVP Birds of a Feather Lunch 2010

This year will be my third year attending PASS Summit, and my second year hosting a table at the Birds of a Feather Lunch.  This year I thought I’d submit the topic of Virtualizing SQL Server as a general topic, but when the pre-list of selected topics was sent to the hosts by email I saw that my good friend Christian Bolton (Blog|Twitter) was hosting a table on Hyper-V with SQL Server, so rather than have overlap I’ll be doing VMware with SQL Server, providing platform specific tables for the two most popular hypervisors IMO.

I have been running production SQL Servers virtualized on VMware for going on 5 years now and I have nothing but good to say about it when its done correctly.  A lot of questions come up about the viability of running production systems virtualized and from my own experience it can certainly be done.  However, virtualizing SQL Server requires considerations that other applications don’t, and when you virtualize SQL as if it were any other application problems can and usually will occur, generally in the area of performance.  If you want to know more about virtualizing SQL Server on VMware come by and have lunch with me at the Summit.

For a full list of hosts and topics see Mike’s blog post above.

Published Wednesday, October 13, 2010 10:26 AM by Jonathan Kehayias
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Alexander Kuznetsov said:

Hey Jonathan,

Do we need to reserve a seat at a table we want, or is it going to be first-come-first-served kind of thing?

October 13, 2010 9:59 AM

Mike Walsh said:

No reservations required for the BoF. First come first server and since some folks eat quickly and go to Exhibitor booths, there will be folks leaving and joining tables. I'll make sure to talk about that a bit more in a future post about some lessons from last year and logistics thoughts for this year.

October 13, 2010 10:02 AM

widba said:

Too many good ones to decide, but lunch over talking about SQL running on VMware? Hard to pass up.  As long as I can quote Gunnery Sergeant Hartman in Full Metal Jacket through lunch.

October 13, 2010 2:26 PM

Glenn Berry said:

People come and go as they please, with no reservations accepted or required. It is pretty laid back and fun.

October 13, 2010 3:08 PM

Davide Mauri said:

Beside my BI workshop on Friday , this year at PASS Summit I’ll also contribute by participating at the

October 13, 2010 5:30 PM
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