More of an FYI than anything else, and another example of Microsoft’s ongoing efforts to provide a secure virtualisation platform for customers.

We are pleased to announce that the certification results have been published, and the Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V role is now certified at the Common Criteria level EAL4 augmented by ALC_FLR.3 (also known as EAL4+)!

According to Wikipedia, The Common Criteria certification is a framework in which computer system users can specify their security requirements, vendors can then implement and/or make claims about the security attributes of their products, and testing laboratories can evaluate the products to determine if they actually meet the claims. In other words, Common Criteria provides assurance that the process of specification, implementation and evaluation of a computer security product has been conducted in a rigorous and standard manner.  This is vital to our customers (especially government agencies) worldwide.  It provides them reassurance to know that Hyper-V has gone through a rigorous and internationally-accepted security review.

If you’re so inclined, you can read the published document here.

For those of you who are more interested in R2 (Fair enough!), this kind of submission isn’t something, i assume, that can really be started before RTM, and now that we’ve hit RTM for Hyper-V in R2, I’m sure the relevant parties are already getting the process underway.  At least you know, for now, the platform R2 has grown from, is pretty darn secure.