Support Policies And Recommendations For Exchange Servers In Hardware Virtualization Environments
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Microsoft now supports running Exchange Server 2007 in server virtualization environments, not just on Hyper-V, but on any virtualizing solution that is validated in the Server Virtualization Validation Program. Before virtualizing Exchange Server, you will need to be clear about the business advantages, and consider the size of the installation, otherwise the results can be a disappointment
This has changed since Hyper-V was released. All server virtualization products that are validated in the SVVP (Server Virtualization Validation Program) are now fully supported by Microsoft. Needless to say that all major virtualization vendors have signed up in this program, so all recommendations regarding virtualization are not only valid for Hyper-V but for all vendors in the SVVP program.
Microsoft now supports running Exchange Server 2007 in server virtualization environments. This is not only Hyper-V, but all vendors that have their solution validated in the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP) are fully supported.
One should always take the business requirements into account, why do you want to virtualize and what are the project goals against which costs? I have seen customers returning from the virtualization twilight zone being very frustrated and ending up in a bare metal environment. For larger environments I have seen a lot of large implementations where the Exchange Server 2007 Client Access Servers and Hub Transport Servers were running under VMware, but where the mailbox servers were running on bare metal. I have to admit though that these environment were larger than 4000 mailboxes. For these environments virtualizing the mailbox servers is questionable, but this might change in the future and this is something that is hard to foresee.
64-bit versions of SQL Server 2008 and later versions are supported. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article: 956893 Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment
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 Lifecycle policy. For more information, see Microsoft Support Lifecycle.
All Tableau products operate in virtualized environments when they are configured with the proper underlying operating system and minimum hardware requirements. CPUs must support SSE4.2 and POPCNT instruction sets so any Processor Compatibility mode must be disabled. We recommend VM deployments with dedicated CPU affinity.
The libvirt library is used to interface with different virtualization technologies. Before getting started with libvirt it is best to make sure your hardware supports the necessary virtualization extensions for KVM. Enter the following from a terminal prompt: 2b1af7f3a8