Intercompatibility issues with Microsoft and VMware

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Microsoft is saying that they won't support VMware software: "Microsoft does not test or support Microsoft software running together with non-Microsoft hardware or virtualization software". (Source : http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=897615.) I would take it this means that I cannot install MS exchange 2007 on VMware? Another thing that I would like is to have all OS files on storage. Can I do a clean Win Server install on Storage and boot from storage?

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<i>This answer comes courtesy of virtualization expert Eric Siebert:</i>

That may have been true to some degree in the past, but since Microsoft recently instituted its <a href=”http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956893/en-us”>Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP)</a> program, it now officially supports running its products on non-Microsoft virtualization software like VMware.

The version of VMware that was validated was ESX 3.5 Update 2, so make sure that you are at least running that version if you try and obtain support on a Microsoft product. If you reference Microsoft article <a href=”http://support.microsoft.com/kb/957006/”>#957006 </a>, you will find a listing of all the Microsoft software that is included in the program. For more information on this new support program, read this recent <a href=”http://itknowledgeexchange.techtarget.com/virtualization-pro/vmware-achieves-microsoft-svvp-validation-new-reason-to-upgrade-to-esx-35-update-2/””>SearchVMware.com blog post</a>.

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