Best Practices for running Microsoft® SQL Server® and Microsoft® Hyper-V on Dell™ PowerEdge™ Servers and Storage

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Executive Summary

Dell Business Ready Configurations provide technical architecture guidance as a reference to help simplify complex solutions for customers. This white paper provides a reference architecture based on the Dell Business Ready Configurations for Virtualization targeted towards virtualizing Microsoft SQL Server 2008 with Microsoft Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V in an iSCSI environment. The Business Ready Configuration for Virtualization is a configuration solution that provides architectural design to deploy and configure a robust virtualization infrastructure. Utilizing this configuration to build a virtual environment for SQL Server minimizes the design, deployment and configuration phases. We then ran a series of workload tests to validate the configuration and documented the system resource utilization to aid as a reference for sizing exercises.

The tests results described in this white paper will highlight some of the new features in Windows Server 2008 R2 and help reveal potential bottlenecks that may arise in a virtualized environment, providing best practice recommendations to mitigate the effects of these bottlenecks, including recommended server and virtual machine configurations as well as workload sizes supported by the server and storage configuration.

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