There's been some good discussion around this today, and it was good, tomorrow am some official language will come out that will be along the clarifying lines in the body of this post. Remember, just because I post it doesn't make it official, it's not official until it comes from VMware. But, this should elucidate things a bit.
Ok - open standing proposal... First some history... EMC has a long experience in working specific customer configurations through the Windows Server Catalog. Getting MSCS configs certified historically (it's recently gotten a lot better, thank goodness) was BLACK AND WHITE. Only that EXACT configuration was supported. For many people this was a deal-breaker. Over time we got really good This turned out to be a good thing for MSCS as a whole, when you're building these mission critical config, support testing We became a machine at doing this. Want a fun proof point?
Step 1 - go here: http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/
Step 2 - click on "cluster solutions" - note there are: 6,792 items found
Step 3 - type "EMC" in the storage field and search: 3,380 items found
You can see that we've done this A LOT - just about half the MSCS configs are on EMC.
OK - here's the open offer - if you are a customer, and the only thing stopping you from adopting a joint VMware/EMC solution for your Microsoft apps is a specific gap on the SVVP that matches you, post your needed config as a response to this thread, I'll work with VMware to get it up there.
I'm that sure that virtualizing wth VMware is the right thing for customers - I'll get YOUR config tested. We do have experience on getting this sort of thing done fast.
Ok - for some Q n A - read on.
VMware Products Certified Under Microsoft SVVP – FAQ and Update
Microsoft now supports their server products on VMware. This eliminates a significant barrier to adoption for many prospective customers, and makes all our customers more confident about deploying on VMware.
Since this policy change was announced, several questions have come up from VMware’s partners and customers:
Q: What about Active Directory? Its not on the list.
A: Active Directory is a Server Role provided in Windows Server since Server 2000. This is similar to file services, print services, or other roles that are included in the operating system. All of these roles are supported under SVVP. Active Directory is fully supported under SVVP.
Q: Why isn’t VMware certified with 64-bit versions of Windows?
A: Each SVVP run is a multi-day process. The tools provided by the qualification kit have not always worked as expected. We have worked through the learning curve, and are now doing SVVP runs continuously. We chose to certify the 32-bit version of the OS first in order to cover the large installed base of virtual machines that haven’t yet upgraded. 64-bit versions are in the queue and will begin to appear in the next few weeks. VMware ESX and ESXi products will both be supported.
Q: Why isn’t ESXi certified?
A: As a new product, ESXi will be certified after ESX certification is complete. Our priorities have been placed on the larger number of users running ESX today.
Q: What do the memory limits mean in the certification?
A: Certification is completed for a specific “maximum” virtual machine. The numbers shown are the biggest configuration that VMware has submitted for certification. These configurations will expand in the fourth quarter.
Q: Why aren’t we certified with bigger memory limits in the virtual machine?
A: Our initial test runs were conservative to ensure that we fully understood the behavior of the qualification kit. We’re upgrading the servers soon to provide support for larger VMs. We plan to deliver certification for all our products at the maximum supportable memory limit with ESX 3.5 update 3. We will be re-certifying update 2 variants to increase the memory limit well beyond 4 GB early in the fourth quarter.
Q: How long will it take for new product releases to be fully certified?
A: Our plan is to ensure that all SVVP certifications are complete within 60 days of product GA. We hope to significantly out-perform on this commitment if possible.
Q: What does SVVP mean for hardware certification and the VMware HCL?
A: SVVP isn’t related to VMware’s HCL. Microsoft’s SVVP program demonstrates that a hypervisor runs Windows just like physical hardware, and is a requirement for Microsoft to offer support for Windows and other server products like they do on logoed hardware. VMware’s HCL remains the standard for determining what hardware is supported with VMware products.
Q: I’ve still got questions about Microsoft support with VMware.
A: Ask your VMware representative or channel partner. VMware is happy to help you to understand the details and implications of this program, and how it helps you to deploy Microsoft products on VMware.