There was a ton of excitement at Microsoft Tech Ed 2012 in Orlando this week around the new Azure Virtual Machines Infrastructure-as-a-Service customer preview announced last week. Mark Russinovich delivered an outstanding technical session (AZR209) on this topic – the recording for this session is below:
We also announced details this week around the specific Microsoft products, roles and features that are currently supported inside an Azure Virtual Machine, as follows:
Microsoft SharePoint Server
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and later is supported on Windows Azure Virtual Machines.
Microsoft SQL Server
64-bit versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and later are supported with the following limitation: SQL Clustering and the 2012 feature of AlwaysOn are not supported.
Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 are supported for the following roles:
- Active Directory Domain Services
- Active Directory Federation Services
- Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
- Active Directory Rights Management Services
- Application Server
- DNS Server
- Fax Server
- Network Policy and Access Services
- Print and Document Services
- Web Server (IIS)
- Windows Deployment Services
- Windows Server Update Services
- File Services
The following Windows Server features are not supported on Windows Azure Virtual Machines: BitLocker, Failover Clustering and Network Load Balancing.
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