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  • Creating a Windows Azure Virtual Machine - the RIGHT Way

    Windows Azure has added Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), the ability to deploy, run and manage Virtual Machines, to its growing list of services. You can create Virtual Machines from a gallery, upload them from images you create locally on Hyper-V (that's right, you can do that, even from PowerShell) and of course you can just jump right in and ...
    Posted to Buck Woody (Weblog) by BuckWoody on April 17, 2013
  • September 12 in San Fran

    Just a reminder that I will be speaking at the SF UG SQL Server User Group on Sep 12.  Here is a link with all of the details.  If you are in the area, It would be great to see you!
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 11, 2012
  • Speaking at Richmond

    I am honored to be the guest speaker at the Richmond SQL Server User Group on Monday, Sep 15.  They usually have their meetings on the 2nd Thursday of the month, but they made a special exception.  I will be speaking about SQL Server 2008 and Consolidation.  If you are in the area, drop by and socialize with other SQL Server ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on September 9, 2009
  • Perfmon for VMWare ESX

    Recently, I needed to capture some performance data from the host of a virtualized SQL Server.  There is a utility called ''esxtop'' that if run from the ESX Host Command Line, it displays text-based information in columns similar to that which you see in Windows Task Manager.  That is handy, but I wanted to get this to a file.  ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on June 3, 2009
  • Updated Support Policy for SQL Server on VMs

    As virtualization grows stronger in the marketplace, the question of SQL Server performance and support on Virtual Machines appears more often.  Bob Ward has a great post here.  Enjoy!
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on October 8, 2008
  • Thoughts after the presentation in Greensboro's VMUG

    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 ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on August 21, 2008
  • Recent Change to VM Licensing for SQL Server

    Recently, MSFT changed its licensing. Basically, if you buy Enterprise Edition fully licensed for the base server, you can run SQL Server on the VMs on that box without having to license SQL for each VM.  Here is an article realting to this story. http://www.virtualization.info/2007/02/microsoft-unlocks-sql-server-2005.html Before, ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on February 28, 2007
  • SQL Server on VM

    Recently, someone asked me a question about consolidating SQL Server to VMWare.  Here is my response.  Microsoft has a webcast on their TechNet website that discusses SQL Server on MSFT’s virtual server.  You can draw some conclusions as well that this also deals with VMWare.  Basically, the main idea is that you may ...
    Posted to Rick Heiges (Weblog) by RickHeiges on February 16, 2007
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