I've just completed the BizTalk 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide project working with the BizTalk UE team and Clint Huffman from Premier Field Engineering. The purpose of this guide is to provide you with the information, techniques and best practices necessary to evaluate BizTalk Server performance in a Hyper-V environment.
Overall the results were very positive. In most scenarios we were able to process about 75% of the load in a virtualized environment compared to an equivalent physical environment. The Hyper-V team have done a great job at improving this when compared to Hyper-V. Pass-through storage provides fast storage access and they have done a great job at ensuring that CPU and memory overhead of virtualization is kept to a minimum. You can even install the Hyper-V role on Server Core which minimizes the overhead further.
The guide provides full details of our experiements, results and findings. I hope that you find this information useful.
The guide is available on MSDN (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc768518.aspx) and TechNet (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc768518.aspx )
The BizTalk Customer Advisory Team and BizTalk UE team are pleased to announce the first edition of the “Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide”.
The Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006 R2 Hyper-V Guide is the third installment 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. This guidance was derived from a 6 week performance lab conducted by the BizTalk Customer Advisory Team and Premier Field Engineering. It will be refreshed for future versions of Microsoft BizTalk Server.
The key sections of the guide are:
The target audience for this guide is Microsoft field, partner organizations, and customers who plan, deploy, and maintain BizTalk Server installations.
Full MSDN URL: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc768518.aspx