There are many reasons for consolidating SQL Server but license and hardware cost reduction have always been primary drivers for organizations to consolidate. In this course, SQL Server: Consolidation Tactics and Best Practices, you'll start with general considerations for consolidation that should be thought about and completed before any planning, as well as ways that to identify consolidation candidates' recommendations for which type of servers to consider consolidating first. You'll then learn about three consolidation methods: using a large single instance, using a multiple-instance server, and using virtualization. The benefits of each consolidation method are explained as well as the risks associated with them, plus some considerations and practical experiences. Finally, you'll cover just about every option for migrating databases and servers from one location to another. By the end of this course, you'll have the skills required to plan and execute a consolidation project or an upgrade of your SQL Server environment, and you'll be well-versed in all the tactics that help reduce your SQL Server licensing requirements.