Requirements for production deployment of Exchange Server 2007 with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V

A new article has been posted on TechNet covering “Microsoft Support Policies and Recommendations for Exchange Servers in Hardware Virtualization Environments”. This article, posted this week, marks the first time that I have seen details on the requirements for a supported Exchange Server 2007 implementation with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in production.

In short, for a production deployment of Exchange Server 2007 with Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, you will need:

  • Exchange Server 2007 SP1 or later
  • Fixed sized storage (fixed-sized VHD or pass-through disk)
  • No other server applications running on the parent partition
  • No CCR or SCC if combined with clustered virtualization servers
  • No snapshots
  • Processor ratio no greater than 2:1

Keep in mind that the list above is just a summary and there are additional details on each item.

The article is a very interesting read and it addresses a number of related issues, including:

  • Virtual Machine Considerations
  • High Availability and Disaster Recovery Considerations
  • Backup and Restore Considerations
  • Exchange Server Storage Requirements and Recommendations
  • Performance and Scalability Considerations

There are also references to two support articles:

I recommend that you read the entire article, posted at

Comments (1)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hyper-V Available for Windows Server 2008 Key message: l Hyper-V RTM 自从 7 月 8 日已在 Windows 更新中发布 l Hyper-V

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