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Oracle Databases on VMware vSphere – Part 2

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In Part 1, we discussed on the best practices for deploying Oracle databases on VMware. In Part 2, let us discuss on how to deploy Oracle 11gr2 RAC on VMware vSphere using VMFS. Oracle 11gr2 RAC Deployment on VMware vSphere using VMFS Oracle DBAs planning to virtualize Oracle RAC on the VMware platform should work Read more...

Oracle Databases on VMware vSphere

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This week we will publish three blogs on the topic of Oracle Databases on VMware. In this series, we will discuss on the following: Part 1: Best practices for deploying Oracle Databases on vSphere, Part 2: Oracle 11gr2 RAC deployment on VMware vSphere using VMFS and Part 3: Oracle 11gr2 RAC Node VM vMotion – Read more...

SQL Server Rolling Patch Upgrade using Standby VM

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SQL Server patching is a common use case for high availability deployments. When people think about minimizing down time for patch upgrades, most people will think of SQL Server failover clustering or SQL Server database mirroring. Those are the two SQL Server native availability features that support rolling patch upgrade. Did you know that you Read more...

Virtualized Exchange Storage: VMDK or RDM or…?

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One of the hottest topics I get into when talking to customers about virtualizing Exchange is storage. Not surprising considering the number of options available when we virtualize Exchange on vSphere. If you are not familiar with the common methods for provisioning storage in vSphere a brief description of each follows: VMFS based virtual disk Read more...

Using Virtual Disks for Business Critical Apps Storage

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Hello all! Welcome to the Business Critical Apps Blog. This week we will be publishing a few blogs that focus on virtualizing Microsoft Tier-1 applications. This may include discussion around a specific application like MS SQL or Exchange or some more generalized discussion around topics we get the most questions on when talking to customers. Read more...