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Please what's the pros and cons for both running SQL Server on VMware and Physical box?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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The Pros and Cons are the same for any computer, not specific to SQL.

Although one disadvantage of SQL on VMware, is performance can be worse.

Advantages

1. Faster and Easier Backup
2. Easier DR
3. Easier Replication
4. Upgrade path of hardware is easier to perform, e.g. adding storage, memory and cpu
5. Depending upon License with VMware, ability to move server from one single host to another. e.g. vMotion.
6. Depending upon License with VMware, ability to move server from one datastore to another e.g. Storage vMotion.
7. Depending upon License with VMware, availability, e.g. VMware HA, DRS and Fault Tolerence
8. Performance Monitoring is easier.
9. Less networking required.
10. Lower cost of support for VM,
11. Less electricity required per VM.
12. Less air conditioning required per VM.
13. Less space needed in the datacentre.
14. Support and Maintenance only required for Host, hosting many VMs.

That's why we virutalise!

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VMware Guides for helping with Virtualising SQL, and Best Practices.

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If possible, I want to be able to differentiate two physical boxes and VMware running sql server 2012
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hancooka,

How can you contrast VMware pros and cons from sql server running on a physical hardware ?

Thank you
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see my first post.
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