Planning a SQL Server consolidation is a mammoth task. You can simplify the project by breaking it into individual components, which I'll review in this step-by-step guide.
This information is excerpted from Chapter 2, 'Planning your SQL Server consolidation,' of our original expert e-book, "Consolidate SQL Servers for availability, scalability and cost savings." This chapter explains five steps to consolidation and other key consolidation considerations.
How to consolidate SQL Servers
Step 1: Create a SQL Server consolidation methodology
Step 2: Analyze candidate databases, servers and more
Step 3: Test your consolidation
Step 4: Deploy consolidated SQL Servers
Step 5: Monitor and stabilize consolidated SQL Servers
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Hilary Cotter has been involved in IT for more than 20 years a Web and database consultant. Microsoft first awarded Cotter the Microsoft SQL Server MVP award in 2001. Cotter received his bachelor applied science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Toronto and studied economics at the University of Calgary and computer science at UC Berkeley. He is the author of a book on SQL Server transactional replication and currently working on books on merge replication and Microsoft search technologies.
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