Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program and Support Wizard

Microsoft has launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) (http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/svvp.aspx).


SVVP is open to any vendor that delivers a machine virtualization solution that hosts Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows 2000 Server Service Pack 4 (SP4)and Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) and subsequent service packs. The virtualization solution can either be hypervisor-based or a hosted solution. The program enables vendors to validate various configurations so that Microsoft customers can receive technical support for Windows Server in virtualized environments.  The list of vendors currently includes:


  • Cisco Systems, Inc.
  • Citrix Systems, Inc.
  • Novell, Inc.
  • Oracle, USA Inc.
  • Red Hat, Inc.
  • Riverbed Technology, Inc.
  • Sun Microsystems
  • Unisys Corp.
  • Virtual Iron Software
  • VMware, Inc.

 


Perhaps more importantly for you, when designing infrastructure, you now have an easy reference for determining whether or not a product or application is fully supported using Virtualization…and not just Hyper-V.  The list of virtualization technologies currently includes:


·       Hyper-V


·       Cisco WAAS Virtual Blades 4.1


·       Novell SUSE Linux Ent Server 10 SP2


·       VMWare ESX 3.5 Update 2, 3, 4


·       VMWare ESXi 3.5 Update 3, 4


·       VMWare vSphere 4


·       Citrix XenServer 5, 5.5


…validated against Windows 2000 Server SP4, Windows Server 2003 SP2, Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 and your choice of architecture (x86, x64, or IA64).




The list of Microsoft Products is fairly comprehensive and will continue to be updated as needed.  It includes all items below:


·       Application Virtualization 4.5 (App-V)


·       BizTalk Server 2000


·       BizTalk Server 2002


·       BizTalk Server 2004


·       BizTalk Server 2006


·       BizTalk Server 2006 R2


·       Certificate Server


·       Commerce Server 2007


·       Dynamics AX 2009


·       Dynamics GP


·       Exchange 2000 Conferencing Server


·       Exchange Server 2000


·       Exchange Server 2003


·       Exchange Server 2007


·       Exchange Server 5.5


·       Forefront Client Security


·       Forefront Intelligent Application Gateway 2007 (IAG)


·       Forefront Threat Management Gateway (TMG)


·       Forefront Security for Exchange (FSE)


·       Forefront Security for Sharepoint (FSSP)


·       Host Integration Server 2006


·       ldentity Integration Server (MIIS)


·       ldentity Lifecycle Manager (ILM)


·       ISA Server 2000 (Standard or Enterprise)


·       ISA Server 2004 (Standard Only)


·       ISA Server 2006 (Standard or Enterprise)


·       Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0


·       Microsoft Dynamics NAV2009


·       Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005


·       Office Communications Server 2007


·       Office Groove Server 2007


·       Office SharePoint Server 2007


·       Office Project Server 2007


·       Search Server 2008


·       SQL Server 2000


·       SQL Server 2005


·       SQL Server 2008


·       System Center Configuration Manager 2007


·       System Center Data Protection Manager


·       System Center Essentials 2007


·       System Center Operations Manager 2007


·       System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008


·       Systems Management Server 2003 (SMS)


·       Visual Studio Team System 2008


·       Windows HPC Server 2008


·       Windows Server 2000


·       Windows Server 2003


·       Windows Server 2008


·       Windows Server Update Services 3.1


·       Windows SharePoint Services 3.0




 


Let’s walk through the wizard using Dynamics AX 2009 as our example product (i.e. – we want to virtualize Dynamics AX but are unsure of the supportability of our proposed configuration).




The Support Policy Wizard can be accessed here: http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/svvp.aspx?svvppage=svvpwizard.htm


Step 1: We select our product and any version variable necessary (the Version field will display SP revision level, etc., depending on the product chosen).








Step 2: Select your proposed virtualization technology and the OS Version and architecture that the guest system will run.







Step 3: Your Summary Support Statement is produced. 



 


While this wizard won’t serve as the last word in Virtualization Support, it will prove useful in determining the basics of support for any of these products.



Happy Virtualizing!


–Ryan


 

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