Microsoft has announced new support policy for running Exchange on virtualization software.
Basically the Exchange is now completly supported to be run in a virtualized environment. This includes also support for features that were not supported earlier like:
- The Unified Messaging server role and,
· Combining Exchange 2010 Database Availability Groups with hypervisor-based clustering, high availability, or migration solutions that will move or automatically failover mailbox servers that are members of a DAG between virtualization hosts.
This applies to all virtualization vendors participating in the Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).
In addition, the Best Practices for Virtualizing Exchange Server 2010 with Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V whitepaper has been released. This whitepaper is designed to provide technical guidance on Exchange server roles, capacity planning, sizing and performance, as well as high availability best practices.
Complete system requirements for Exchange Server 2010 running under hardware virtualization software can be found in Exchange 2010 System Requirements . Also, the support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software can be found here .