Speaker: Shawn Meyers - Intro to Running Virtual SQL Server

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You will learn the basics of running SQL server in a virtual environment. Covering sizing, storage, memory, network, and compute resources. Review of areas where virtualization can save your organization money on hardware and licensing. We will discuss common mistakes organizations make when migrating to a virtual environment. Lastly we will show how to monitor your virtual machine which are hosting your SQL servers, from the virtual layer. This session will talk about virtualization in general which apply to any virtual platform or hypervisor, but the samples and possible demos will be VMware specific. It is assumed the audience knows best practices for running SQL server in a physical environment and will be covering things which are different.


Shawn Meyers is the lead Principle Architect for Microsoft SQL Server at House of Brick, where he has contributed his knowledge and services for the past 4.5 years. Shawn has worked in IT for 20+ years and specifically with SQL Server for 18+ years, beginning with version 6.5. Shawn has spoken at VMworld, SQL Saturdays, and VMUG events. Shawn’s recent work includes advancing the VMware/House of Brick SQL Server VBCA best practices IP, including more advanced features and additional large or wide virtual machines.