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This article discusses the support policy for running Microsoft server software in the Windows Azure virtual machine environment (infrastructure-as-a-service).
Microsoft supports Microsoft server software that runs in the Windows 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 Lifecycle
All Microsoft software that is installed in the Windows Azure virtual machine environment must be licensed correctly. By default, Windows Azure virtual machines include a license for using Windows Server in the Windows Azure environment. Certain Windows 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 upgrading the operating system of a Windows Azure virtual machine. Instead, you should create a new Windows Azure virtual machine that is running the supported version of the operating system that is required and then migrate the workload. Instructions for migrating Windows Server roles and features are located here
Microsoft BizTalk Server
Microsoft BizTalk Server 2013 and later versions are supported.
Microsoft Dynamics GP
Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and later versions are supported.
Microsoft Dynamics NAV
Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and later versions are supported.
Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager
Microsoft Forefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 SP1 and later versions are supported.
Microsoft HPC Pack
Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 and later versions are supported. For more information, see the "Windows Azure integration" section of the following Microsoft TechNet topic:
What's New in Microsoft HPC Pack 2012Microsoft Project Server
Microsoft Project Server 2013 and later versions are supported.
Microsoft SharePoint Server
Microsoft SharePoint Server 2010 and later versions are supported on Windows Azure Virtual Machines. For more information, see the following SharePoint website:
Support and licensing for Windows Azure in SharePoint 2013Microsoft SQL Server
64-bit versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and later versions are supported. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:
956893Microsoft System Center
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/956893/ )Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment
Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 and later versions are supported for the following applications:
2889321Microsoft Team Foundation Server
(http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2889321/ )System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection support for Windows Azure Virtual Machines
Microsoft Team Foundation Server 2012 and later versions are supported.
Windows Server Roles
Windows 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 Windows Azure for session hosting by using Windows Server 2012 or Windows Server 2012 R2, see Windows Azure Desktop Hosting - Reference Architecture and Deployment Guides
The following roles are not supported in Windows Azure Virtual Machines:
Windows Server Features
Significant features that are not supported:
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