Microsoft is looking to help boost confidence and support of applications running inside a Windows Server 2008 R2 environment with Hyper-V. The company announced changes to that effect with its updated Windows Server 2008 R2 Logo Program. The purpose of the company's logo program is to increase the quality of applications across the Windows server ecosystem. And one of the stated goals for the program is to help make an application more compatible, reliable, and secure when running on Microsoft's Windows client operating systems.
To that end, the company is finally looking to help virtualization users by introducing requirements for logo certification that include support for Microsoft Hyper-V. With the new logo program, Hyper-V support is no longer an optional requirement. Applications seeking the logo will be tested on virtual machines running on Microsoft Hyper-V enabled Windows Server 2008 R2 servers.
Microsoft approved testing vendors will test applications within a Hyper-V virtual machine. However, there does seem to be an out clause of sorts. Any application that cannot be run in a virtual environment seeking the logo must justify the technical and any other reasons why they cannot meet this policy. Companies going this route must fill out a special waiver request and submit it to the test vendor. These waivers must then be approved by Microsoft.
The logo program further states:
Applications that pass testing on a Virtual Machine running on Microsoft Hyper-V will be listed with an extra modifier in the Windows Server Catalog designating them as Hyper-V tested.
The designation means that the application's primary functionality has been validated in a Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine running on Hyper-V and that the application supports five key Hyper-V features specific to virtual machine behavior – save state, restore, pause, shut down and snapshots.