Virtualizing a SQL Server cluster in a production environment

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SQL Server clustering
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What is Microsoft's official position in using virtualization (Virtual servers such as VMWare, etc.) for a SQL Server cluster (two node Active Passive) in a production environment? What are the best practices?

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Well of course Microsoft will want yo to use their product to virtualize SQL Server with but it is supported even with VMware with Microsoft’s new SVVP policy which certifies other virtualization vendors to run Microsoft products. I know many people including myself that have virtualized SQL Server and have been very happy with the performance and also the benefits that virtualization adds. Here’s some information that VMware provides on the subject:

SQL Server Performance in a VMware Infrastructure 3 Environment
Exchange and SQL on ESX Server (VMworld 2007)

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