Earlier tonight I co-presented to the Greensboro VMWare User Group. A former colleague of mine heads the group and we thought it would be an excellent topic. Another Consultant, Dan Weiss from Varrow, was the co-presenter. The venue was a party deck at the Greensboro Grasshoppers game. It was a little windy and bright, but we were able to engineer secure the screen and whiteboard with some make shift ties (USB cables) and weights (laptop bags). This is the first time that I presented at such a venue, but it was a great time.
I started off the presentation focusing on SQL Server Consolidation. As you could gather from the group, there is lots of interest in consolidation using VMWare. I shared my experiences with VMWare and other virtualization technologies and also stories that I have gathered from other MVPs and colleagues. The bottm line of my presentation: Don't virtualize to consolidate SQL Server if your workload has any "girth". I explained other methods of consolidation at a very high level. Dan talked to the group of his experiences and how he has been able to virtualize SQL Server on VMWare with good results. He had a list of best practices to go by - I will attempt to get his deck.
After the meeting, several folks came up to me and said "Thank you for stating your firm opinion on virtualizing SQL Server." because they have heard so many wishy-washy discussions about it. We then enjoyed the baseball game and a buffet. I was also picked to SUMO Wrestle one of the other organizers. Those SUMO suits are very hot.
Somebody also told me that MSFT put out a KB article stating that VMWare was now going to be supported for SQL Server. I have not had a chance yet to view that article. It is obvious that virtualization is playing a key role in many organizations; MSFT is moving to reflect this ongoing change.