Virtual Interface Adapter

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A Virtual Interface Adapter ("VIA") is a network protocol (such as TCP/IP ...). As of July 2006 Microsoft SQL Server 2005 supports it. The specific implementation of VIA will vary from vendor to vendor. In general, it is usually a network kind of interface but is usually a very high-performance, dedicated connection between two systems. Part of that high performance comes from specialized, dedicated hardware that knows that it has a dedicated connection and therefore doesn’t have to deal with normal network addressing issues. [1]

The VIA protocol is used to support VIA devices such as VIA Storage Area Network devices.

Note that the VIA protocol is deprecated by Microsoft, and will be removed in a future version of Microsoft SQL Server. It is however supported in SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2 and SQL Server 2012. [2] [3]


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  1. ^ "Choosing a network protocol". Microsoft. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-08. 
  2. ^ "Creating a Valid Connection String Using VIA Protocol". Microsoft. 2011. Retrieved 2011-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Hardware and Software Requirements for Installing SQL Server 2012". Microsoft. 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-24.