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I have a physical machine running Server 2003/SQL 2000.  The standard version does not support cluster services, if I remember right.  I want to move this to a Hyper-V VM and have the guest/child VM in a HA clustering arrangement.  Will that VM running SQL  perform live migration without issues?
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Yes, if you move your Windows 2003 Standard/SQL 2000 standard workload into a virtualization cluster you can provide HA at the hypervisor level for the VM. This won't protect you against all of the failures that a SQL HA cluster will, but it does offer some level of protection, and you will be able to live migrate the VM. This will protect against hardware failure at the host level, but you can still blow up your VM via configuration error, bad patch, deleted file, database corruption, etc. Virtualizing often gives you better recovery options, such as restoring just the OS from an image. If you want full on SQL clustering, you need to run on Windows Enterprise and whatever version of SQL supports clustering.  

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