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  Asked By: Stephanie    Date: Nov 05    Category: MOSS    Views: 768

I am struggling with my network group on the issue of running MOSS and
SQL on virtual servers. While I think it sounds great in theory my
experiences to date have been somewhat disappointing.

Crawls (when they work) take forever (10 hours to index 50,000
documents one night last week), SQL box getting hammered with traffic,
pages taking 30 seconds - 2 minutes to load, documents taking forever
to save after editing and the list goes on.

How many of you are, or know someone running MOSS, WSS 3 or SQL on a
virtual server (VM Ware or MS either one) and what are your thoughts on
the subject?

Any links to documentation specifically stating that running MOSS
and/or SQL in a virtual environment is a bad thing, or even better, not
fully supported by Microsoft would be nice to have.

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Answer #1    Answered By: Tyrell Nash     Answered On: Nov 05

We started out with running  our development MOSS farm on VMWare ESX
and were getting bad  performance especially on indexing. The farm
consists of 2 WFE, a Query/Index/Excel Services and a SQL server.
All of them were provisioned with 4GB RAM and 2 Virtual CPUs. At
this point we have moved the SQL server  to a physical server and
things are running much better.

Another thing  to keep in mind is that the way SQL is currently
licensed, if you are using per CPU licensing, you get more
performance for your money with a single Quad core physical CPU than
on a VMWare session with 4 Virtual CPUs. On the physical server the
retail cost of SQL Standard would be $5,999 for a single CPU license
where you would have to have 4 CPU licenses on the VMWare at a cost
of $24,996. There is more to minimizing costs than vitalizing
hardware.

 
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