This article discusses the support policy for running Microsoft server software in the following supported virtualization environments:
Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
Supported partners' virtualization software
For more information, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
944987 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/944987/) Support partners for non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software
Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP)
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Microsoft supports Microsoft server software that is running in the supported virtualization environments that are listed in the "More Information" section. This support is subject to the Microsoft Support Life-Cycle policy. For more information, visit the following Microsoft Web site:
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.
Note 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.