September 17 2012

VMWare ESX support for Windows Server 2012

I found it quite hard to find this information so I figured I would share it. I was looking for an official line from VMWare on the versions of ESX that would Windows Server 2012 as a guest operating system.

Directly quoted from http://blogs.vmware.com/guestosguide/2012/09/windows-server-2012.html :

The release of vSphere 5.1 introduces support for Windows Server 2012 on ESXi 5.1, with the following support considerations:

  • Installation instruction can be found here http://partnerweb.vmware.com/GOSIG/Windows_Server_2012.html
  • Snapshots, checkpoints and VMotion actions for virtual machines with Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 are incompatible between hosts running ESXi 5.0 Update 1 or ESXi 5.0 P03 with host running later versions of ESXi ( ESXi 5.0 Update 2, ESXi 5.1, etc.). Please refer to KB-2033723 for more information.
  • The Guest OS Customization feature in vCenter does not support Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 in vSphere 5.1.
  • vSphere client will use EFI BIOS for VMs configured for Windows 8 or Windows Server 2012 with hardware version 9, however, EFI BIOS is not compatible with the Fault Tolerance feature. Therefore to use Fault Tolerance feature, it is recommended to use Legacy BIOS instead of EFI BIOS.

For more information about software support, please check the VMware Compatibility Guide

Also from http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/microsite.do?cmd=displayKC&docType=kc&externalId=2006859&sliceId=2&docTypeID=DT_KB_1_1  I have extracted this one liner:

Windows 8 / Windows Server 2012 will not be supported on ESXi/ESX 4.0 or 4.1.

And finally, from http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide2/pdf/VMware_GOS_Compatibility_Guide.pdf (page 103) I read that supported releases are ESXi 5.1 or ESXi 5.0 U1.

More information:



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Posted September 17, 2012 by danovich in category "Windows

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