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Application Support in Virtual Environments Policy

All the below listed Microsoft Server-focused application versions, as well as all later versions of those applications, are supported on Hyper-V and Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) validated products, so long as the virtualization product supports the correct operating system version and platform architecture(s) required by a specific application.
This support is subject to the Product Life-cycle Policy for any specific application, as detailed at the included links for each application. For more information, visit the Microsoft Support Lifecycle page. In some cases, specific versions of Microsoft server software are required for support. These versions are noted in this article, and the supported versions may be updated as needed.
Microsoft Server-focused applications not listed below are not supported for operation in a virtual environment. If an application or version is not visible below, queries can be made at this alias svvpfb@microsoft.com. Please provide the specific and exact application product name, version, service pack or feature pack, and platform architecture [x86 or x64].
There may be application-specific links for special guidance on what virtualization limitations might exist. See the "Product-specific virtualization information" links for some of the Windows Server-focused applications below. Additionally, unless otherwise stated, the minimum processor, memory, disk space and other requirements are not modified by operation in a virtual environment. Refer to the respective Product Requirements page for each application for that information.
With regards to what Windows Server operating system versions and platform architectures are supported by a vendor's particular version of their virtualization product, see the vendor's web site for further information.
Any virtualization product listed in the catalog that supports the correct Windows Server operating system Version and Platform Architecture is supported for the applications listed below.
Note that not all software applications are good candidates for running in a virtualized environment. For example, if an application has specific hardware requirements, such as access to a physical PCI card, the applications cannot be supported in a virtual machine. This is true because virtual machines generally do not have access to underlying physical hardware.
The third-party products that this article discusses are manufactured by companies that are independent of Microsoft. Microsoft makes no warranty, implied or otherwise, about the performance or reliability of these products. Third parties are responsible for testing their software together with Microsoft software. Microsoft software may not work as intended in third-party virtualized environments or with any features that are not directly related to emulation of a physical system as a virtual machine (VM).
  • Application Virtualization (App-V) 4.5 and later (Product Requirements)
    • Note: support also includes Management Server, Publishing Server, Sequencer, Terminal Services Client, and Desktop Client
  • BizTalk Server 2009
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842301
  • BizTalk Server 2006 R2
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842301
  • BizTalk Server 2006
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842301
  • BizTalk Server 2004
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://support.microsoft.com/kb/842301
  • Certificate Server Commerce Server 2007 Service Pack 2 and later /li>
  • Dynamics AX 2009 (both server and client) and later
  • Dynamics CRM 2011
  • Dynamics CRM 4.0 and later
  • Dynamics GP 10.0 and later
  • Dynamics NAV 2009 and later
  • Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 and later
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794548(EXCHG.80).aspx
  • Exchange Server 2010
  • Fast Search Server 2010 for Sharepoint
  • Forefront Client Security
  • Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
  • Forefront Identity Manager 2010
  • Forefront Intelligent Application Gateway (IAG)
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc891502.aspx
  • Forefront Security for Exchange (FSE) Service Pack 1 (SP1) or higher
  • Forefront Security for SharePoint (FSP)Service Pack 2 (SP2) or higher
  • Forefront Threat Management Gateway 2010
  • Forefront Unified Access Gateway
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc891502.aspx
  • Host Integration Server 2006 and later
  • Host Integration Server 2009
  • Identity Integration Server
  • Identity Lifecycle Manager 2007 Feature Pack 1 (FP1) (w/ latest updates) and later
    • Product Requirements, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc720598(v=WS.10).aspx
  • Identity Lifecycle Mngr Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2000
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc891502.aspx
  • Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2004
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc891502.aspx
  • Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc891502.aspx
  • Lync Server 2010 and later
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=22746
  • Office Communications Server 2007
  • Office Groove Server 2007 Service Pack 1 and later
    • Note: The virtual machine for Microsoft Office Groove Server Relay should be configured to use a physical hard disk, not a virtual hard disk.
  • Office PerformancePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 2 and later
  • Office Project Server 2007 Service Pack 1 and later
  • Office SharePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 1 and later
  • Office Web Apps
    • Product Requirements, http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/web-apps/
  • Opalis Integration Server 6.2.2 and later
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-US;2023123
  • Operations Manager 2005 Service Pack 1 (agents only)
    • Product Requirements, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc180251.aspx
    • Note that System Center Operations Manager 2007 or a later version is required to manage Windows Server 2008 and later versions.
  • Project Server 2010 Search Server 2008 and later
  • Search Server 2010
  • Sharepoint Foundation 2010
  • Sharepoint Server 2010
  • SQL Server 2000
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://support.microsoft.com/?id=956893
  • SQL Server 2005
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://support.microsoft.com/?id=956893
  • SQL Server 2008
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://support.microsoft.com/?id=956893
  • SQL Server 2012
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://support.microsoft.com/?id=956893
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007 SP1 (both server and agents) and later
    • Product Requirements, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680717.aspx
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb680717.aspx
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2007
    • Note Microsoft Systems Center Data Protection Manager 2007 is supported when it runs inside a virtual machine, but only if the DPM storage pool disks are made available directly to the DPM virtual machine as one of the following:
      • Pass-through disks
      • SCSI target disks
      • FC SAN target disks
    • You can also perform backups for the virtual machines either by using a DPM agent that is installed on the host computer or by installing the DPM agent into the virtual machine directly.
  • System Center Essentials 2007 Service Pack 1 and later
  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 (both server and agents) and later
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb309428.aspx
  • System Center Service Manager 2010 and later
    • Product-specific virtualization information, http://technet.microsoft.com/library/ff460890.aspx
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 (both server and agents) and later
  • Systems Management Server 2003 Service Pack 3 (agents only) and later
    • Product Requirements, http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc179620.aspx
  • Visual Studio Team System 2008 and later
  • Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2008
  • Windows Essential Business Server 2008 and later
  • Windows HPC Server 2008 and later
  • Windows 2000 Server
  • Windows Server 2003 Web Edition with Service Pack 2 and later
  • Windows Server 2003
  • Windows Server 2003 R2
  • Windows Server 2008
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 and later
  • Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 and later
  • Windows Small Business Server 2008 and later
  • Windows Web Server 2008
With regards to virtualization product functionality that operates without the knowledge or cooperation of the operating system or applications executing within the virtual machine such as, but not limited to; live migration of virtual machines, virtual machine clustering, memory ballooning, virtual machine fault tolerance, etc., these are outside the scope of the Server Virtualization Validation Program.
There are no industry standards to follow in implementing such features, and since 'by design' the operating system [whether that be Windows Server or some other OS] or application are not cognizant of such virtualization product functionality, there is no practical method of testing these virtualization product features using Microsoft-developed tests and tools. The SVVP program does not test these features or functions, and the virtualization product vendor is solely responsible for testing and supporting such features. However, unless otherwise stated in articles or documents for Windows Server operating systems or for Microsoft Server-focused applications, Microsoft does not preclude their use by customers. If a customer running a supported version of Windows Server on a validated virtualization solution experiences issues after using such third party virtualization features (such as live migration) that operate independently of Microsoft products, then the customer should contact the virtualization vendor for assistance in resolving the issue.
This policy and listing will be updated as new Microsoft Windows Server-focused applications are released. If an application or version is not visible above, queries can be made at this alias: svvpfb@microsoft.com. Please provide the specific and exact application product name, version, service pack or feature pack, and platform architecture [x86 or x64].