Windows Azure IaaS Supported OS versions

Windows Azure IaaS Supported OS versions

Supported OS versions on Windows Azure IaaS

Recently I was starting to do a POC for migrating to Windows Azure for a customer and I gathered they still were on Windows Server 2003. Of course, the way out is to use Windows Azure IaaS, but 2003 is still not a supported scenario. I thought of doing a small blog post about the Supported OS versions on Windows Azure IaaS. Please don’t assume that what works and is supported on-prem on your hardware/network is completed supported on Windows Azure. (or any other cloud provider for that matter) You may technically be able to install the software but it still might not be a supported scenario. If you need to go-live and are pressed for time, best is to open a ticket with the windows azure support team and check with them.

Windows Platform

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (and above)
  • SQL Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2012
  •                Technically you can still install SQL Server 2005 or even SQL Server 2000, but that is not a supported scenario.
  • SharePoint 2010
  • BizTalk 2010, BizTalk 2012 R2 CTP (should work with Windows Server 2008 R2)
  • Also note that only 64bit versions of the above are supported.

It goes without saying that, any other 3rd party server software that works on-prem will work on the above, but still it’s better to check with the vendors if that is a supported scenario.

On Linux side

  • OpenS– USE 12.1
  • CentOS 6.2  
  • Ubuntu 12.04
  • S– USE Linux Enterprise Server SP2

On Jan 10th 2013 Microsoft Open Technologies, a subsidiary of Microsoft, has launched a public preview of its app store for Windows Azure called VM Depot. VM Depot is community driven. It allows users to build, deploy and share Linux configurations and also create custom open source stacks.

Microsoft Open Technologies was launched in April 2012 as wholly owned subsidiary of Microsoft, run by Interoperability strategy team.

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  1. Phani January 19, 2013 at 2:45 am - Reply

    Exchange 2010 is not supported on the current infrastructure.

  2. blogstreamer January 25, 2013 at 10:13 am - Reply

    Hi Can i have Azure OS installed in my Local Mechine? like any other Web/SAL servers ?

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