Announced: Virtualization support for Exchange Server 2007

by Bharat Suneja

Exchange Server 2007 is now supported on Hyper-V and other (read “Non-Microsoft”) hypervisors validated under the Microsoft Server Vitualization Validation Program. Vendors participating in the program: Citrix, Cisco Systems, Novell, Sun Micrososystems, and Virtual Iron Software.

The new support policy for Exchange in virtualized environments: Microsoft Support Policies and Recommendations for Exchange Servers in Hardware Virtualization Environments.

  • 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.

A change has also been made to licensing policies allowing transfer of licenses for server applications (such as Exchange and SQL Server) between servers as frequently as required. This was earlier restricted to 90 d