Generation-ID Supportability with "non-Hyper-V” hypervisors

Hello – this is a quick posting about support for Windows Server 2012 features that require virtualization capabilities. I blogged about it earlier: Windows Server 2012 Domain Controller Cloning.

What’s required in order to leverage these virtualized Domain Controller capabilities is a hypervisor that supports the notion a “generation ID”. By the time Windows Server 2012 was released and my above referenced article was originally written, Hyper-V supported the generation-ID solely.

In early January, VMware have announce that they support the Windows Server 2012 VM-Generation ID in some of their products, too – this I noticed based on a blog posting by my friend Michel, over at Server Talk (German).

VMWare says in their blog posting, that the following products support the VM-Generation ID:

  • VMware vSphere 5.0 Update 2 (vCenter Server and ESXi must both be at 5.0 Update 2)
  • VMware vSphere 5.1 (ESXi must be at least 5.0 Update 2)

You should be good using the Domain Controller Cloning and VM-Safe DC capabilities of Windows Server 2012 on these VMWare virtualization solutions.

However – keep in mind that there’s another angle, the official “Support Story” attached. Although VMWare state that they support VM-Gen ID, they have not worked with Microsoft to register these VMWare editions and run through the required testing for the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). Therefore, although VMWare support VM-Gen ID and Windows Server 2012, Microsoft might still require you to replicate an issue on physical hardware, if you call support and they think it’s non-Hyper-V hypervisor-related.

Hum – so on one side, that’s good news VMWare support these new concepts, on the other hand, the full story needs development still. AND we’re still waiting for other hypervisor vendors to post support statements. Thanks, Michel for bringing this up!

1 Comment so far

  1. Mike Kline on February 13th, 2013

    Sander had a similar blog and he was saying that VMware workstation 9 is also supported.

    I’m going to verify that before I upgrade workstation to 9.0