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This article discusses the support policy for running Microsoft server software in the Microsoft Azure virtual machine environment (infrastructure-as-a-service).
Microsoft supports Microsoft server software that runs in the Microsoft Azure virtual machine environments, as listed in the "More Information" section. This support is subject to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy. For more information, go to the following Microsoft website:
Microsoft Support LifecycleAll Microsoft software that is installed in the Microsoft Azure virtual machine environment must be licensed correctly. By default, Microsoft Azure virtual machines include a license for using Windows Server in the Microsoft Azure environment. Certain Microsoft Azure virtual machine offerings may also include additional Microsoft software on a per-hour or evaluation basis. Licenses for other software must be obtained separately. For information about the Microsoft License Mobility program see Volume Licensing
In some cases, specific versions of Microsoft server software are required for support. These versions are noted in this article, and the supported versions may be updated as required.
Microsoft does not support an upgrade of the operating system of a Microsoft Azure virtual machine. Instead, you should create a new Microsoft Azure virtual machine that is running the supported version of the operating system that is required, and then migrate the workload. Instructions for how to migrate Windows Server roles and features are available in the following TechNet topic:
Install, Use, and Remove Windows Server Migration Tools
Microsoft supports the following Microsoft server software running in the Microsoft Azure virtual machine environment.
Windows Server rolesWindows Server 2008 R2 and later versions are supported for the following roles unless explicitly noted otherwise. The following list will be updated as new roles are confirmed:
(http://www.windowsazure.com/en-us/pricing/licensing-faq/#header-3). For technical information about how to configure Remote Desktop Services in Microsoft Azure for session hosting by using Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2, see Azure Desktop Hosting - Reference Architecture and Deployment Guides
The following roles are not supported in Microsoft Azure virtual machines:
Windows Server featuresSignificant features that are not supported:
Article ID: 2721672 - Last Review: November 22, 2014 - Revision: 30.0