The Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide is the third instalment in a series of guides intended to provide easily accessible, hands-on guidance to our customer and partner community. This 145 page guide is available on MSDN, TechNet and as a separate DOCX, PDF or CHM download alongside the already available “Microsoft BizTalk Server Operations Guide”  and “Microsoft BizTalk Server Performance Optimizations Guide

The guide provides relevant information to IT professionals to enable them to make educated decisions about the advantages and tradeoffs of using Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V to virtualize BizTalk Server environments.  It will be refreshed for future versions of Microsoft BizTalk Server.

The key sections of the guide are:

  • Getting Started: provides conceptual information about Hyper-V, the virtualization technology introduced with Windows Server 2008, and an introduction to the Hyper-V architecture.
  • Deploying BizTalk Server on Hyper-V: describes the steps that were followed to set up the lab environment, which was used to compare the performance of a BizTalk Server solution running on Hyper-V environment to the same BizTalk Server solution running on comparable physical hardware.
  • Evaluating BizTalk Server Performance on Hyper-V: details the important considerations when measuring the performance of a BizTalk Server solution running on a Hyper-V virtualized environment.
  • Testing BizTalk Server Performance on Hyper-V: provides detailed results of four distinct testing scenarios that compare the performance of a BizTalk Server solution running on Hyper-V environment to the same BizTalk Server solution running on comparable physical hardware.