MS Exchange Virtualization Support Announcement

August 19, 2008

in Exchange, Microsoft, Virtual

We all knew it was coming shortly after Hyper-V RTM’d a while back. MS had been hinting around at releasing an update to their support policy for virtualizing Exchange and they finally delivered.

"Today Microsoft announced some significant changes to its licensing and support policies for applications in hardware virtualization environments. There are two key parts of the announcement worth highlighting for Exchange customers:

  1. Microsoft now supports Exchange Server 2007 SP1 running Hyper-V or hypervisors validated under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).
  2. Microsoft is waiving its 90-day license reassignment policy to enable customers who virtualize Exchange to move their licenses between servers within a data farm as often as necessary."
Highlights for Exchange 2007
  • The guest is running Exchange Server 2007 SP1
  • The Exchange server is deployed on Windows Server 2008 OS (This is a big one)
  • The Exchange server does not have the Unified Messaging server role installed
  • No dynamically expanding disks (fixed disks only)

It is highly recommended to read the Microsoft Support Policies and Recommendations for Exchange Servers in Hardware Virtualization Environments found on the Exchange TechNet library if you plan on or are even thinking about virtualizing Exchange.

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