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Windows Server 2012

I haven’t paid too much attention to this version of windows yet, but I have just been reading up on some of the Hyper-v improvements in Windows Server 2012. It does seem to have a lot of new features that could be useful for DBA running SQL Server in a virtual environment. Particularly the High Availability improvements and I’m very interested in the new Hyper-V replica feature.
I don’t have a link but if you search for Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V in your favourite search engine you will see the PDF whitepaper available to download from
I’m going to download the release candidate and get VM setup and configured so I try SQL Server 2012 on this new Windows Server. I’m also going to get some Hyper-V VM’s configured on my VMware Workstation console so I can look at some of the new Hyper-V features that may be useful.
I’ll be sure to blog about my finding here. From what I have read,  I know it is a moving target the release date is being touted as Q4 2012 or Q1 2013. I don’t know how accurate these dates are but if anyone knows to the contrary please let me know by leaving a comment.


  1. I was trying to get Hyper-V to work through a VM I created using Virtual Box; I don't have a Windows Server machine at home and it does not work on Windows 7. It was a no go and after many hours of research I learned that Windows 8 will support Hyper-V. It will be a nice addition for those of us that still like to use the Desktop version of the OS and have Hyper-V available.


  2. Hey Ayman, thanks for the comment.

    You can get a hyper_v host to install on VMwareWorkstation

    Obviously you need the Windows Server ISO to install Windows server but you can get a Hyper-V host on VMWare Workstation

  3. Thanks Getyhn. I've looked at VMWare before and it is not for free which is why I've been working with Virtual Box. I think I figured out a way around it where I don't have to use either VMWare or Virtual Box. I'm still doing some testing but when I've got it stabilized I'll blog about it and let you know.


  4. Finally got around to posting my findings using native boot with VHD. Will save me some money on new hardware and even software licensing. Until I get around to putting Windows 8 in a year or so, this is the path I have to take:

    Running a SQL Server Environment at Home Using Native Boot Virtual Hard-Drives (VHD)


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