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November 2009

Adding virtualization to SharePoint governance

It is easy to think of a SharePoint governance plan as a set of rules that end users must follow. But many organizations are finding that a well conceived governance plan can also help prevent servers from being deployed in a haphazard manner. This is especially true when it comes to server virtualization. When the concept of virtualization was first introduced, it was portrayed as a strategy that would reduce the number of physical servers that organizations have to maintain, thereby reducing hardware and licensing costs in the process. As server virtualization technologies have matured, though, organizations are finding that the opposite is often true. Virtualization technologies such as Microsoft's Hyper-V and VMware's ESX make it so easy to deploy virtual machines (VMs) that virtualization sprawl has quickly become a major issue. Growth is not necessarily a bad thing, but it's critical that you carefully control VM deployments during expansion in an effort to prevent chaos. This is where your SharePoint governance plan comes...

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