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1 Maximizing SQL Server Virtualization Performance Michael Otey Senior Technical Director Windows IT Pro SQL Server Pro 1

2 What this presentation covers Host configuration guidelines CPU, RAM, networking and storage Guest VM configuration guidelines VHDs, SQL Server storage configuration Using SSDs with SQL Server VMs Using In-Memory OLTP Software Defined Networking and Virtualization 2

3 Host CPU Guidelines If possible optimize performance through 1:1 ratio of virtual to logical processors (cores) Don t overcommit the physical CPUs Ability of processors can limit the maximum throughput of virtual device (virtual NICs) More cores = more performance per VM Maximum vcpu limit can vary by guest OS SLAT enabled processors improve virtual machine performance

4 Host OS Configuration Guidelines Get the latest hypervisor Windows Server 2012 R2 vsphere 5.5 Plan for Scalability NUMA DVMQ vrss 4

5 Host Configuration Guidelines Hyper-V Host Configuration Plan for 1GB+ memory reserve for the management OS in the root partition Hot-Add RAM enables upgrades w/o downtime Plan for one dedicated NIC for management purposes Plan (ideally) for one dedicated NIC for live migration Separate LUNs/Arrays for hosts and guest OS VHDs Exclude VMs from AV scanning

6 Guest Configuration Guidelines Hyper-V Guest Configuration Provide adequate memory for Hyper-V guests Paging, disk I/O cannot compete with RAM Avoid over allocating physical memory (overcommit) Fixed-sized VHDs for Virtual OS Install Integration Services / VM Tools

7 Disk IOs per second (IOPS) Hyper-V Fixed Virtual Hard Disk Performance Overhead Analysis Native vs. Fixed VHD IO Performance Analysis (Window 2008 R2 Physical Disk(Native) vs. Fixed VHD(VM), ESG Lab Iometer workloads) SQL Log OLTP Database File Server Exchange DB Physical Disk (Native) Fixed VHD (VM)

8 SQL Server and Dynamic Memory 12GB 12GB VS. 7.5GB 7.5GB 1 Live Migration 1 1 Live Migration 1 Host cluster Host cluster Shared Storage iscsi, SAS, Fibre Shared Storage iscsi, SAS, Fibre Remember

9 SQL Server VM Storage Guidelines Change the default data and log files placement By default SQL Server puts everything on the drive with the SQL Server binaries Separate the data and log files to different VHDs Place the log file on fast writing drives -- RAID 1 or 10 9

10 Best Practices for tempdb Don t put tempdb on the same VHD as your data and log files Use RAID 10 is possible Data files per core SQLCat - one data file per core Data files equal to 2:1 to 4:1 the number of logical processor cores 10

11 SQL Server & SSDs CPUs have become faster Memory has become cheaper Disks have gotten larger but not much faster I/O bottlenecks Simpler than SAN SSDs can be dedicated to SQL Server Move VHDs to SSDs 11

12 SQL Server & SSDs SSDs are much faster than rotational disks 15K rpm SAS drive can do about MB/sec of sequential throughput 6Gbps SATA or SAS solid-state drive can do about 550MB/sec of sequential throughput - 100,000 IOPs random read and write 12

13 SQL Server & SSDs Short lifecycle? There is degradation with use More with fuller drive High I/O implementations like SQL Server do shorten the lifecycle Drives will last years under normal usage Not forever Tops out at 5 yrs SQL Server implementations will be less Don t ever defragment SSDs 13

14 SQL Server & SSDs No silver bullets Won t fix slow queries Won t fix a lack of memory Best for heavy random I/O Not so great for sequential Keep utilization at under 75% 14

15 SQL Server and SSDs Possibilities Move data files onto SSDs Move log files onto SSDs Move indexes to SSDs Move tempdb onto SSDs NAND not always the best solution Too much write fast burn out DRAM is optimum Fast write built for pure random IO Expensive 15

16 SQL Server 2014 In-Memory OLTP New In-Memory OLTP engine Formerly code named Hekaton SQL Server 2014 Enterprise Edition Only Moves select tables and SPs into memory New optimistic lock-free design Physical or VM With enough host processing power and RAM Amount of host RAM is critical 16

17 Software Defined Networking Virtualization for the network layer Flexibility Speed application deployment Eliminates the need for VLANs Predictability Maintain SLAs High density networking Ensures VMs get the bandwidth they need 17

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