Creating a SQL Server Test Lab On Your Workstation

 Target Audience:

DBAs, developers and anyone else who would love a SQL Server sandbox to play around in.


One of the most useful tools to the DBA when we need to test new features, recreate a fault that we’ve seen in production or just want to see ‘what if…?’ is a test lab.

In this session I’ll walk you through how to create a virtualised test lab right on on your workstation or laptop.

We will start by selecting a hypervisor, look at building a virtual machine and then creating a domain controller, a couple of clustered SQL Servers and finally fulling functioning availability group.

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a fully functional Availability Group. 😉


Not sure I didn’t see this earlier, but having gone through David’s steps to build my own lab on my laptop, I can honestly say that I only wish I had done so sooner! Really helps to be able to play with new features and build out your own sandbox. I think plenty of people would benefit from a session like this. He’s got my vote.


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