There was a ton of excitement at Microsoft Tech Ed 2012 in Orlando this week around the new Azure Virtual Machines Infrastructure-as-a-Service customer preview announced last week.  Mark Russinovich delivered an outstanding technical session (AZR209) on this topic - the recording for this session is below:

We also announced details this week around the specific Microsoft products, roles and features that are currently supported inside an Azure Virtual Machine, as follows:

Microsoft SharePoint Server
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and later is supported on Windows Azure Virtual Machines.

Microsoft SQL Server
64-bit versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and later are supported with the following limitation: SQL Clustering and the 2012 feature of AlwaysOn are not supported.

Windows Server
Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows Server 2012 are supported for the following roles:

    • Active Directory Domain Services
    • Active Directory Federation Services
    • Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
    • Active Directory Rights Management Services
    • Application Server
    • DNS Server
    • Fax Server
    • Network Policy and Access Services
    • Print and Document Services
    • Web Server (IIS)
    • Windows Deployment Services
    • Windows Server Update Services
    • File Services

The following Windows Server features are not supported on Windows Azure Virtual Machines: BitLocker, Failover Clustering and Network Load Balancing.


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HTH,

Keith