Basic VMware and Hyper-V Terminology for the SQL Server DBA

SQL Server DBAs often need to work with virtualization– and frequently need to work with multiple virtualization platforms. Many platforms have similar features, but they often have different names, and it’s hard to remember what everything’s called.

I’ve got a little cheat sheet for you for two of the platforms! (No offense, Xen fans, please don’t come after me.)

What is it?VMware nameHyper-V name
Management Tools, FreevSphere / web clientHyper-V Manager (snap-in)
Management Tools, PaidvCenter ServerSystem Center Virtual Machine Manager
Automatic migration to another host if one failsHigh Availability (HA)High Availability (configured via a role in a Windows Failover Cluster)
Moving a VM from host to hostvMotionLive Migration
Moving a VM from one storage subsystem to anotherStorage vMotionStorage Migration
Automatic load balancingDRS (Distributed Resource Scheduler)Dynamic Optimization in VMM (Virtual Machine Manager, a part of System Center)
Rules to keep VMs from being too closeAffinity Rules for DRSAvailability Sets, part of Intelligent Placement in VMM


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