Exchange Server 2007 now supported in Hyper-V... and others!
Microsoft finally announced its support for Exchange Server 2007 in a virtualized environment. Exchange will not only be supported under Hyper-V, but also under any hypervisor validated under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).
Here's an excerpt from the post announcing this at the You had me at EHLO blog.
- Microsoft now supports Exchange Server 2007 SP1 running Hyper-V or hypervisors validated under the Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).
- 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.
For all the details, please read Microsoft Support Policies and Recommendations for Exchange Servers in Hardware Virtualization Environments.
Bharat did a wonderful job gathering the required conditions for full support:
What's supported: Exchange Server 2007 SP1 running on Windows Server 2008
Supported Exchange 2007 Server Roles: All except Unified Messaging
What Hypervisor: Microsoft Hyper-V, or any hypervisor validated by MSVVP
Not supported: Differencing disks and expandable virtual disks
Not supported: Taking VM snapshots (these aren't application-aware)
Not supported: Combining Exchange's clustering features (SCC and CCR) with availability features from the virtualization layer, such as Hyper-V's quick migration.