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Article ID: 2721672 - Last Review: June 20, 2014 - Revision: 21.0

Summary

This article discusses the support policy for running Microsoft server software in the Microsoft Azure virtual machine environment (infrastructure-as-a-service). 

Microsoft supports Microsoft server software that runs in the Microsoft Azure virtual machine environments, as listed in the "More Information" section. This support is subject to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy. For more information, go to the following Microsoft website:
Microsoft Support Lifecycle (http://support.microsoft.com/?pr=lifecycle)

All Microsoft software that is installed in the Microsoft Azure virtual machine environment must be licensed correctly. By default, Microsoft Azure virtual machines  include a license for using Windows Server in the Microsoft Azure environment. Certain Microsoft Azure virtual machine offerings may also include additional Microsoft software on a per-hour or evaluation basis. Licenses for other software must be obtained separately. For information about the Microsoft License Mobility program see Volume Licensing (http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/software-assurance/license-mobility.aspx) .

In some cases, specific versions of Microsoft server software are required for support. These versions are noted in this article, and the supported versions may be updated as required.

Microsoft does not support upgrading the operating system of a Microsoft Azure virtual machine. Instead, you should create a new Microsoft Azure virtual machine that is running the supported version of the operating system that is required and then migrate the workload. Instructions for migrating Windows Server roles and features are located here (http://technet.microsoft.com/library/jj134202) .

More information


Microsoft BizTalk Server
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 and later versions are supported.

Microsoft Dynamics AX
Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and future updates are supported. For more information, see the following Microsoft TechNet topic:
Deploy Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 on Azure 
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn741581.aspx (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dn741581.aspx)

Microsoft Dynamics GP
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and later versions are supported.

Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and later versions are supported.

Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager
Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 SP1 and later versions are supported.

Microsoft HPC Pack
Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 and later versions are supported. For more information, see the "Microsoft Azure integration" section of the following Microsoft TechNet topic:
What's New in Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj899598.aspx#BKMK_Windows_Azure)
Microsoft Project Server
Microsoft Project Server 2013 and later versions are supported.

Microsoft SharePoint Server
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and later versions are supported on Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines. For more information, see the following SharePoint website:
Support and licensing for Microsoft Azure in SharePoint 2013 (http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/jj154957)
Microsoft SQL Server
64-bit versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and later versions are supported. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
956893  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956893/ ) Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment
Microsoft System Center
Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 and later versions are supported for the following applications:
  • App Controller
  • Configuration Manager
  • Endpoint Protection
  • Operations Manager
  • Orchestrator
  • Server Application Virtualization
  • Service Manager
For more information about Configuration Manager and Endpoint Protection support, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
2889321  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2889321/ ) System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection support for Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines
Microsoft Team Foundation Server
Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012 and later versions are supported.

Windows Server Roles
Windows Server 2008 R2 and later versions are supported for the following roles unless explicitly noted otherwise. The following list will be updated as new roles are confirmed: 
  • Active Directory Domain Services
  • Active Directory Federation Services
  • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
  • Application Server
  • DNS Server
  • File Services
  • Network Policy and Access Services
  • Print and Document Services
  • Remote Access (Web Application Proxy)
  • Remote Desktop Services*
  • Web Server (IIS)
  • Windows Server Update Services
*For more information about licensing restrictions that are related to Remote Desktop Services in Microsoft Azure, see Virtual Machines Licensing FAQ (http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/licensing-faq/#header-3) . For technical information about how to configure Remote Desktop Services in Microsoft Azure for session hosting by using Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2, see Microsoft Azure Desktop Hosting - Reference Architecture and Deployment Guides (http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/windowsazure/dn451351.aspx) .

The following roles are not supported in Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines:
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Server
  • Hyper-V
  • Remote Access (Direct Access)
  • Rights Management Services
  • Windows Deployment Services

Windows Server Features
Significant features that are not supported:

  • BitLocker Drive Encryption (on the operating system hard disk; may be used on data disks)
  • Windows Server Failover Clustering, except for SQL Server AlwaysOn Availability Groups (For more information, see the following MSDN topic:
  • Internet Storage Name Server
  • Multipath I/O
  • Network Load Balancing
  • Peer Name Resolution Protocol
  • SNMP Services
  • Storage Manager for SANs
  • Windows Internet Name Service
  • Wireless LAN Service

Additional resources

  • Download the Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=335841) . This assessment will help you with your move to Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines. It will automatically inspect your on-premises environment, whether that environment is physical or already virtualized. If you are running Active Directory, Microsoft SharePoint Server, or Microsoft SQL Server, this tool will make it easy for you to get started.
  • In Virtual Machines Image Gallery, you can find prebuilt Linux images that are provided by commercial distributors. For a complete list, go to the following Microsoft Azure website: 
    Linux on Microsoft Azure-Endorsed Distributions (http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/manage/linux/other-resources/endorsed-distributions/)
  • Our partners offer tools and finished services that you can integrate with your applications that run in Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines. For a complete list of add-ins for Microsoft Azure Store, see Microsoft Azure Store Add-ons (http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/store/overview/?fb=en-us) .
  • VM Depot is a community-driven catalog of preconfigured operating systems, applications, and development stacks that can be deployed on Microsoft Azure. These images are provided and licensed to you by community members. Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. does not screen these images for security, compatibility, or performance, and does not provide any license rights or support for them. By using unsupported images, you might forfeit Microsoft Azure availability SLA. For more information, see Using and contributing to VM Depot (http://vmdepot.msopentech.com/Help/Help.html) .
  • Supplemental guidance is available to help you use the following technologies in Microsoft Azure Virtual Machines:

Applies to
  • Microsoft Azure Virtual Machine and Networks
  • Microsoft Azure
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