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Article ID: 948680 - Last Review: April 23, 2012 - Revision: 4.0

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INTRODUCTION

This article describes the Microsoft server applications that are supported on Windows Server 2008.

MORE INFORMATION

Windows Server 2008 is the next generation of the Windows Server operating system. Windows Server 2008 provides significant improvements over Windows Server 2003. Important improvements include the following:
  • Networking
  • Advanced security features
  • Remote application access
  • Centralized server role management
  • Performance and reliability monitoring tools
  • Failover clustering
  • Deployment
  • File system
Because of these improvements to the base operating system, backward compatibility of all applications is not guaranteed.

For more information about how to upgrade to Windows Server 2008, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
948070  (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/948070/ ) Information and resources to use when you plan to upgrade Windows Server 2003 to Windows Server 2008

Applications that are currently compatible

For more information about the applications that are currently compatible with Windows Server 2008, visit the following Web sites:

Applications and services that are compatible with read-only domain controllers

For more information about applications and services that are compatible with read-only domain controllers (RODCs), visit the following Microsoft Web site:
http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/cf9c99c0-fa37-4ad4-88bd-c0d65292b0d11033.mspx (http://technet2.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/library/cf9c99c0-fa37-4ad4-88bd-c0d65292b0d11033.mspx)

Applications and Windows Server 2008 SKUs that will be compatible in the future

  • Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5
  • Microsoft Dynamics AX 2009
  • Microsoft Dynamics GP 10 Service Pack 2 (SP2)
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 4.0 Service Pack 3 (SP3)
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 5.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2009
  • Microsoft Dynamics SL 7 FP1
  • Microsoft Forefront Client Security Service Pack 1 (SP1)

    Note This does not include Management Server roles.
  • Microsoft Host Integration Server 2006 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1)

    Note This includes only client and agent support.
  • Microsoft PerformancePoint Server 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008
  • Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft System Center Operations Manager Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
  • Microsoft Virtual PC 2007
  • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows HPC Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Server Update Services 3.0 Service Pack 1 (SP1)
  • Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2008
  • Microsoft Windows Storage Server 2008

Applications that are incompatible

  • Microsoft BizTalk 2004 and earlier versions of BizTalk
  • Microsoft Commerce Server 2002 and earlier versions of Commerce Server
  • Microsoft Compute Cluster Server 2003
  • Microsoft Dynamics CRM 3.0 and earlier versions of Microsoft Dynamics CRM
  • Microsoft Exchange Server 2003
  • Microsoft Host Integration Server 2004 and earlier versions of Host Integration Server
  • Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration (ISA) Server 2006 and earlier versions of ISA Server
  • Microsoft Speech Server 2004 R2
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and earlier versions of SQL Server
  • Microsoft System Center Reporting Manager 2006
  • Microsoft Systems Management Server 2003

APPLIES TO
  • Windows Server 2008 Enterprise
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard
  • Windows Web Server 2008
  • Microsoft Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010
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