Small Business Susan

Holy cow this really works but this is really unsupported

Holy cow this really works! – THE OFFICIAL BLOG OF THE SBS “DIVA”:
http://msmvps.com/blogs/bradley/archive/2009/11/05/holy-cow-this-really-works.aspx

Please keep in mind that in the next few days as I blog about the migration from SBS 2003 to SBS 2008 test run that I’m doing that the SBS 2003 installed in HyperV is totally and utterly unsupported when it’s in that HyperV like that.  Exchange 2003 is not supported in HyperV, only in Virtual Server. 

If you put SBS 2003 on a platform that virtualization is not supported, you will get push back from support where they will tell you you have to recreate the issue on a supported platform.

Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software:
http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx/kb/897615

Exchange is normally the one that sets the support line in the sand.

Summary Support Statement*
 This configuration is Not Supported.


* Customers with Premier-level support agreements should contact their account manager for more information
* Additional information is available in the “Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software” which can be viewed here


 Support Statement Details


Product: Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 on Hyper-V with Windows Server 2003 SP2 (x86) Guest OS



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For Exchange Server 2003 Service Pack 2 only Virtual Server 2005 R2 and later is supported as hardware virtualization software. See here for specific configuration information.

http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/svvp.aspx?svvppage=svvpwizard.htm


For those asking about ESXi


 Summary Support Statement*
 This configuration is Supported.


* Customers with Premier-level support agreements should contact their account manager for more information
* Additional information is available in the “Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software” which can be viewed here

  Support Statement Details


Product: Exchange Server 2007 Service Pack 1 on VMware ESXi with Windows Server 2008 (x64) Guest OS

 
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Exchange 2007 SP1 and later must be deployed on the Windows Server 2008 operating system. (Note: Windows Server 2008 R2 is not currently supported with Exchange Server 2007 on hardware virtualization). For more information about support and scaling see the Microsoft Support Policies and Recommendations for Exchange Servers in Hardware Virtualization Environments here .

 


  Supported features:  Anti-Virus, Back-up Software, Virtual Machine Management Software, Cluster Continuous Replication (CCR), Virtual Processors


 


  Unsupported features:  Unified Messaging, Dynamically Expanding Virtual Disks, Virtual disks that use differencing or delta mechanisms, Hyper-V Quick Migration combined with Exchange Clustering, Virtual Machine Snap Shots