Hi all, We have a scaled out replication environment and we need to virtualize the Distributor server. Basically our thought is to let the publisher server continue to service the application while we shut the distributor down and VM the server. Everything will remain the same from server name on down and the outage will run for 4 hours while we VM the current distributor. Our thought is the log readers will go into re-try until we bring the new distributor back online. Does anyone see an issue with this approach?
Your biggest concern will be transaction log growth during that period. As the log reader will not be able to deliver transactions to the distributor they will not be cleared from the log and growth will occur. Ensure that you have sufficient disk capacity to allow for that and you should be ok.