Virtualization Interoperability with Windows Server and Red Hat Linux

Are Microsoft and Linux Friends? Well … at least they’re playing nice.

It was announced earlier this week that Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Microsoft are expanding server virtualization interoperability.

Sometime soon Microsoft will validate Red Hat Enterprise Linux server guests to be supported on Hyper-V and Red Hat will validate Windows Server guests to be supported on Red Hat Enterprise’s hypervisor.

They are very careful not to call this a “joint agreement” between Red Hat and Microsoft (why can’t we all just get along?) but each side is testing how the other works in their respective virtualization technologies. So you can have your cake and eat it too!

Even if you are running earlier Windows server products you will be able to validate a virtual Linux guest. This should work with Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003 SP2, or Windows 2000 Server SP4 and later.

Once they finish the testing – customers will even receive cooperative technical support! I guess we can all get along.

Read a Windows Virtualization Team Blog post by Mike Neal on this topic.


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