Sharepoint 2013 on virtual servers

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I recently had to take a look at the possibilities of running Sharepoint 2013 on virtual servers for a customer.
I had do find some information and luckily Microsoft has a good set of articles about the topic.

Here are some of the articles I used to familiarizes myself with Sharepoint 2013 running in a virtual environment.

Overview of farm virtualization and architectures for SharePoint 2013

Detailed design and system specification process for a virtual SharePoint 2013 farm

Create a virtualization plan for SharePoint 2013


The way virtualization works, if you use the same hardware specification for a physical server as a virtual server, the physical server will always outperform the virtual one.
This means it will require more hardware e.g. more RAM and more CPU cores to use virtualized servers. So depending on the environment and number of servers you have to make a judgment of cost vs. flexibility etc.

In our case we ended up with a recommendation of running Microsoft SQL server on a dedicated physical server and running Sharepoint 2013 services and front-end servers on virtual machines.

For general information on  Microsoft and virtualization  see the following links.

Server virtualization
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012

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