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Microsoft Life Cycle Support policy still applies for support and end of support for specific versions of an operating system and Service Packs.SVVP is not a logo program, rather a reference that companies and customers will be able to use in conjunction with their validated solutions.

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Contact your virtualization vendor for detailed information on what physical systems, adapters, storage external to the system such as SAN and NAS products, and networking devices such as switches and routers, are supported by the machine virtualization vendor.Hyper-V Supported Virtual Machines and Guest Operating Systems Microsoft Server Software and Supported Virtualization Environments Microsoft Server Software Support for Windows Azure Virtual Machines SVVP is open to any vendor that delivers a machine virtualization solution that runs currently supported versions of Windows Server.The program enables vendors to validate various machine virtualization products so that Microsoft customers running copies of Windows Server they have acquired and licensed from Microsoft directly can receive technical support for Windows Server in virtualized environments.Please note that the vendor's machine virtualization solution may support larger virtualization, additional Operating System architectures and Processor architectures than they have submitted for validation.Those possible additional configurations will not be eligible for support until the vendor performs additional tests and validations.Note: all drivers must be tested by the virtualization vendor using the appropriate version of the Microsoft-provided hardware test kit, submitted to Microsoft for review, and by Microsoft.

Microsoft does not support Windows Server operating in a virtual machine environment with unsigned drivers.

Customers can benefit from the support provided by Microsoft as part of the regular Windows Server technical support framework when running currently supported versions of Windows Server on validated machine virtualization solutions running on server hardware Certified for Windows Server , with the same validated processor architecture and not exceeding the maximum virtual memory or processors validated.

Note that the version of Windows Server that was tested for validation and is listed for the virtualization product is supported, and that all the previous versions of Windows Server are supported as well.

In order to ensure that the configuration is supportable by Microsoft Support organizations, Microsoft requires the machine virtualization solution to be tested on server hardware that is Certified for Windows Server .

Additionally, by requiring that customers use servers Certified for Windows Server for running the validated machine virtualization solution using the same processor architecture that was validated, customers can be assured that their system will run correctly, regardless of bus, interface, chipset, firmware, BIOS or other differences between the systems used for testing and the systems the customer has.

The virtualization vendor may validate configurations that use para-virtualization drivers, i.e.