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A True SQL OS


A True SQL OS

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I would love to see a core OS install running SQL Server. There are still many times when apps on the SQL Server would be necessary likewise there other reasons to not implement a core only model. It really depends how granular of an implementation a person wantseeds.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143506.aspx -- "SQL Server 2008 is not supported on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installations."

Unfortunately SQL Server 2008 is not compatible with the Windows Server 2008 Core only installation. Maybe it is part of MS long term upgrade strategy.
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Steve,

You say they won't do this due to a loss of revenue from selling fewer Windows licences.
Surely Micro$oft will just charge more for this 'SQL OS' to make up the difference.

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I like the idea of a stripped down version of Windows for this purpose more than the idea of SQL Server having to support hardware drivers, Active Directory, booting, internet connectivity (even if just for SQL Server updates to be downloaded), network connectivity (SQL Server doesn't contain the TCP/IP protocols, NIC drivers, etc., because Windows does that for it), and so on.

A version of Windows Server specialized for SQL Server and nothing else might be a good idea. But then Microsoft has to include support, upgrade and new version paths, etc., for it, and that might just add to expenses. If it would be a viable product, then it would be nice.

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It is a great Idea! When a automobile company designs a car, or developers design an application. They focus on the capabilities they want to include. Then they can optimize the product to get the best performance. I Liken Installing SQL Server on a server to hitching a trailer on the family car. The trailer works fine and the job gets done, but If you were using the family car and the attached trailer every day, how long would it be before you were wishing you had a truck. The truck could be the perfect size, with a suspension and engine matched to your particular need. Sure it wouldn't do everything the family car did, but it would haul stuff better than the family car. You would probably have both parked in your driveway.
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I like the car analogy!

And I hope they don't start charging more for SQL without Windows, but I wouldn't be surprised.

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Question: How would this effect features of SQL Server which interact with other windows-dependent features such as CLR? I know we've had discussions on this forum as to whether SQL Server really benefits from the addition of CLR, but since it's there, it seems like a lot of Windows functionality is going to be potentially called.

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a database / os hybrid? You've just invented an AS/400! :-)
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"Windows I/O and scheduling could be tuned specifically for SQL Server, or just incorporated into the SQL Server platform."

I'm afraid if you incorporated these into SQL Server you would quickly have the functionality diverge from the base OS source, which could in the long run lead to strange consequences. I've seen code which was copied from a legacy system mutate so fast in the space of the year that the original designer could not figure out why it would no longer work in the new system.
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http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms143506.aspx -- "SQL Server 2008 is not supported on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 Server Core installations."

Unfortunately SQL Server 2008 is not compatible with the Windows Server 2008 Core only installation. Maybe it is part of MS long term upgrade strategy.


That specifically says "not supported". In MS-ese that is not the same as "not compatible". I'd guess this stems from the fact that .NET is required for SQL to install. Initially, .NET was not supported under Core installations either. But I think this might have changed: http://blogs.technet.com/server_core/archive/2008/12/19/net-3-0-and-3-5-in-windows-server-2008-r2-server-core.aspx
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