Hyper-V Program Manager
Looking at the Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 release notes, you will find the following list of new guest operating systems that are supported with Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1:
Now most of these are unsurprising. Yes - we have added support for Vista and Beta 3 of Longhorn Server. We have also added support for the latest versions of Windows Server 2003 and of our supported Linux distrobutions. One thing that you might have missed though is the addition of support for OS/2 4.5 and Solaris 10. Neither of these operating systems have been officially supported under Virtual Server before - so here you go (please note - no Virtual Machine Additions are available for Solaris 10).
Actually I'm surprised that some versions of Vista are supported when, just like the non-supported XP, they aren't Server OSes. I'd have expected it to be just a matter of luck whether they work or not.
I can understand the "non-production use only" for the Windows Server 2008 Beta - it is after all a Beta and they by default are non-production use - but why this restriction for Vista ? If people have a Vista licence and want to use it in a VM in production (which admittedly seems to be a stupid idea) why shouldn't they ?
Mike Walsh -
We only support client OSes on Virtual Server for test and development purposes.
we're thinking of using Virtual Server 2005 R2 Sp1 for test installing our product on Vista, but since we believe our customer base mostly consists of Vista Home Premiums, this is currently not possible (Vista Home Premium is not supported under Virtual Server).
Today we use Norton Ghost 12.0 to quickly restore to a "virgin" Vista install, but Virtual Server would be nicer and faster...
Does this KB need to be updated? It does not show support for the Vista clients..