Checklist to apply SQL Server 2008 SP3 on VMWare env

Hi there,
Is there a different steps to apply SQL Server 2008 SP3 on VMWare vs. Stand alone? If there is could you please provide me the checklist? Thank you in advance.
hpradhan08Asked:
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David ToddSenior DBACommented:
Hi,

I don't believe that there is any difference in applying SQL 2000 Service Pack 3 on a virtual machine vs a physical machine.

Regards
  David

PS Given that we are talking about virtual machines here, surely it is fairly easy to test this? If you are not comfortable with a particular operation then test or at least walk through the operation on a test machine/environment.

With Virtual Box support 64bit OS's and being free, I don't see any barrier to you doing this cheaply and easily. All it will take is some time.
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hpradhan08Author Commented:
Hi David,
Thanks for the comment. But we don't have extra hardware lying around to test this process... If it is the same process then, would you please provide me the checklist to apply the SP3 on sql server 2008?
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David ToddSenior DBACommented:
Hi,

Virtual Box is free, and you should be able to run that on your desktop/workstation.

If nothing else, then I recommend you go through the process of just installing SQL and applying the service pack to a virtual machine on your workstation.

Otherwise, make sure you have full backups of all databases prior to starting the install of the service pack.

While you are restarting SQL, a good idea is to take a n offline copy of the physical files for the system databases - master and msdb and model. If you get a corruption of these and SQL wont start, then instead of doing things the long way - the modern equivalent of rebuildm - then copy the latest backup onto the current location, then SQL will at least start and you can restore the backups of master and msdb etc as needed. Anyway, to do that you need an offline file copy, and now is as good a chance to take that. Don't forget to do this after applying the patch.

Anyway, best of luck.

Do what testing you can do.

Regards
  David
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hpradhan08Author Commented:
ok, thanks, David.
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