Virtualize SharePoint Server

Where do I download white papers about SharePoint Virtualization?  You can download all the white papers from Microsoft site for SharePoint Virtualization

  • SharePoint 2010 Virtualization Guidance and Recommendations
  • Virtualization of Microsoft SharePoint Products and Technologies
  • Deploying Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 on the Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform Reference Architecture Guide
  • Virtualizing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 and Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0
  • Read the ESG Lab Report on Hyper-V
  • Microsoft IT Leverages its Compute Service to Virtualize SharePoint 2010
  • Virtualize SharePoint Server on Hyper-V

    How to virtualize SharePoint Server 2010/2007 in Hyper-V?

    Microsoft Virtualization: Best Choice for SharePoint Server

    ​ Microsoft Virtualization technologies – Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center – provide SharePoint architects with a flexible toolset that can be used to reduce hardware and energy costs, increase the performance of SharePoint farms, and provide a level of design and management flexibility that is not possible with traditional physical deployment approaches.

    Virtualize SharePoint Server on Hyper-V

    Best practices for SharePoint Server 2010 virtualization

    Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 is fully supported when you deploy it in a virtual environment that is supported by Windows Server 2008 or by Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology. SharePoint Server 2010 is also supported for virtualization technologies that are accredited by the Server Virtualization Validation Program ( environment.

    This article is one of a series of Best Practice articles for Microsoft SharePoint Server. This article describes best practices for SharePoint Server 2010 virtualization. For more articles in the series, see Best practices (SharePoint Server 2010). For additional information and resources regarding Best Practices for SharePoint Server 2010, see the Best Practices Resource Center (

    The best practices in this article are ordered based on the sequence in which they would apply as you move from creating a virtual machine to deploying SharePoint Server.

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    Optimizing the performance of a virtualized SharePoint environment

    There are differences between physical hardware and the virtual implementation of hardware that host your SharePoint farm.  Many of these differences are subtle and not obvious.  This topic will highlight some of the important differences and explain how that impacts your virtual machine design and how to optimize the performance of your virtualized SharePoint environment. It helps you understand in one blog post the real underlying issues affecting performance of your farm. Finally it finishes off by providing a plan for virtualizing your SharePoint farm.

    This topic discusses:

    • “Hosted” versus “bare metal” hypervisor and recommendation for your SharePoint farm
    • What are the physical and virtual hardware boundaries for hosting your SharePoint farm?
    • What are the layers of a virtual SharePoint farm?
    • The difference between a physical and virtual resource
    • Recommendations for your SharePoint environment from a physical and virtual perspective for CPU, Memory, Disk and Network.
    • Plan for virtualized SharePoint farms

    “Hosted” versus “bare metal” hypervisor

    The first important performance choice to make when virtualizing your SharePoint farm is whether to use a “hosted” or “bare metal” hypervisor virtualization technology to host your SharePoint farm.

    • “Bare Metal” hypervisors are software systems, such as Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and VMWARE ESX Server, that execute directly on the host’s hardware as a hardware control and guest operating system monitor. The guest operating system which hosts SharePoint software executes directly above the hypervisor.
    • “Hosted” hypervisors are software applications running within a conventional operating system environment, typically as a service. Examples include Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 and VMWare Server.  The guest operating system which hosts SharePoint software is executes above the operating system which then executes on the hardware resulting in 3 layers between hardware and SharePoint.

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    Import error on demo SharePoint 2010 VHD

    I was trying to import SharePoint 2010 VHD file to my HyperV following the instruction from but it failed.


    This is what I did

    1. Clicked on Import Virtual Machine

    Import Virtual Machine, HyperV


    2.  Selected “ Copy the virtual machine (Create a new unique ID) and browse to the location where I had the file

    Import Virtual Machine, HyperV

    I got error message saying ..

    Import failed. Unable to find virtual machine import files under location ‘C:\HyperV\SharePoint2010\’. You can import a virtual machine only if you used Hyper-V to create and export it.


    To resolve the problem, I went through new virtual machine creating wizard and this worked.  Now I can start the SharePoint 2010 VHD