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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Hyper-V or Vmware Hypervisor Compatible Running Windows Server 2012 / 2012 R2 Guest Operating System

 

Before deploy Windows Server 2012/ 2012 R2 operating system on either Hyper-V or VMware platform, it is recommended to check the compatibility list. Here is the summary of information that I’ve gathered.

Hyper-V – Windows Server 2008 R2 or R2 SP1

H1

  • Must install hotfix, click here to download.
  • Support to run Windows Server 2012 guest operating system
  • Not supported to run Windows Server 2012 R2 guest operating system

Hyper-V Windows Server 2012

H2

  • Support to run Windows Server 2012 guest operating system
  • Support to run Windows Server 2012 R2 guest operating system

Hyper-V Windows Server 2012 R2

H3

  • Support to run Windows Server 2012 guest operating system
  • Support to run Windows Server 2012 R2 guest operating system

VMware Esx 4.0 or 4.1

H4

  • Not supported to run Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Upgrade to higher version or deploy Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V

VMware Esx 5.0 or 5.1

H5

Do take note the update is installed before deploy the guest operating system

  • ESXi 5.0 Update 1, Update 2 or Update 3 to run Windows Server 2012 guest operating system
  • ESXi 5.0 Update 2 to run Windows Server 2012 R2 guest operating system
  • ESXi 5.1 support to run Windows Server 2012 guest operating system
  • ESXi 5.1 or Update 1 to run Windows Server 2012 R2 guest operating system

VMware ESX 5.5

H6

  • Support to run Windows Server 2012 guest operating system
  • Support to run Windows Server 2012 R2 guest operating system

Information about Vmware compatibility is gathered from here and here.

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