Microsoft supports server software that runs in the Microsoft Azure virtual machine environments, as described in the "More Information" section. This support is subject to the Microsoft Support Lifecycle policy. For more information, go to the following Microsoft website: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. (For more information, see KB 4014997.) Instead, you should create a new 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:
Supported softwareMicrosoft supports the following Microsoft server software that's running in the Azure virtual machine environment:
Azure AD Connect
Azure AD Connect is supported. For more information, see the following topic:
Microsoft BizTalk ServerMicrosoft BizTalk Server 2013 and later versions are supported.
For more information, see BizTalk offerings: Server, IaaS, and PaaS feature list.
Microsoft Dynamics AXMicrosoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and later updates are supported. For more information, see the following TechNet topic:
Microsoft Dynamics GP
- Microsoft Dynamics GP 2013 and later versions are supported.
Microsoft Dynamics NAVMicrosoft Dynamics NAV 2013 and later versions are supported.
Microsoft ExchangeExchange Server 2013 and later versions are supported. For more information, see the "Requirements for hardware virtualization" section of the following TechNet topic: Note The only supported way to send email to external domains from Azure compute resources is through an SMTP relay (otherwise known as an SMTP smart host). The Azure compute resource sends the email message to the SMTP relay, and then the SMTP relay provider delivers the message to the external domain. Microsoft Exchange Online Protection is one provider of a SMTP relay, but a number of third-party providers also offer this service.
Microsoft Forefront Identity ManagerForefront Identity Manager 2010 R2 SP1 and later versions are supported.
Microsoft HPC PackMicrosoft HPC Pack 2012 and later versions are supported. For more information, see the "Microsoft Azure integration" section of the following TechNet topic:
Microsoft Project ServerProject Server 2013 and later versions are supported.
Microsoft SharePoint ServerSharePoint Server 2010 and later versions are supported on Azure virtual machines. For more information, see the following SharePoint website:
Microsoft SQL Server64-bit versions of SQL Server 2008 and later versions are supported. For more information, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article:956893 Support policy for Microsoft SQL Server products that are running in a hardware virtualization environment
Microsoft System CenterSystem Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) and later versions are supported for the following applications:
2889321 System Center 2012 Configuration Manager and System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection support for Microsoft Azure virtual machines
- App Controller
- Configuration Manager
- Data Protection Manager
- Endpoint Protection
- Operations Manager
- Server Application Virtualization
- Service Manager
Microsoft Team Foundation ServerTeam Foundation Server 2012 and later versions are supported.
Windows Server 2016 Standard is not available in the Azure Marketplace.
Windows Server 2003 and later versions are supported for deployment in Microsoft Azure. Click here to see more information about running Windows Server 2003 on Azure.
For versions that are earlier than Windows Server 2008 R2, there is no Azure Marketplace support, and customers must provide their own images. The ability to deploy an operating system on Microsoft Azure is independent of the support status of the operating system. Microsoft does not support operating systems that are past their End of Support date without a Custom Support Agreement (CSA). For example, Windows Server 2003/2003 R2 is no longer supported without a CSA.
Windows Server 2008 R2 and later versions are supported for the following roles unless explicitly noted otherwise (this list will be updated as new roles are confirmed):
- Active Directory Certificate Services
Note Whether you're extending an existing public key infrastructure (PKI) or planning to deploy a new PKI in the Azure environment, there are best practices, policies, and recommendations to mitigate many of the common insecurities and shortcomings. Not all the recommendations are applicable to every customer scenario. Consider the level of protection that is required for your business through a risk assessment. Before you deploy, make sure that you can implement those controls.
- Active Directory Domain Services
- Active Directory Federation Services
- Active Directory Lightweight Directory Services
- Application Server
- DNS Server
- Failover Clustering *
- File Services
- Hyper-V role is supported in Azure Ev3, and Dv3 series VMs
- Network Policy and Access Services
- Print and Document Services
- Remote Desktop Services ***
- Web Server (IIS)
- Windows Server Update Service
* Requirements for Windows Server Failover Cluster:
- Must Run Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2012, Windows Server 2008 R2
- For Windows Server 2012 and Windows Server 2008 R2, must have hotfix 2854082 installed on all nodes
- Must use a single-cluster IP address resource
- Must use Azure-hosted storage by using one of the following options:
- Application-level replication for nonshared storage
- Volume-level replication for nonshared storage
- ExpressRoute for remote iSCSI Target shared block storage
- Azure Files for shared file storage
Note For example: SQL Server AlwaysOn availability groups. For more information, see the following MSDN article:
- Can be a third-party clustered role
Note Third-party clustered roles are supported by the vendor
*** For more information about licensing restrictions that are related to Remote Desktop Services in Microsoft Azure, see Virtual machines Licensing FAQ. 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.
- Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol Server
- Hyper-V (Hyper-V role is supported in Azure Ev3, and Dv3 series VMs only)
Rights Management Services
- Windows Deployment Services
Windows Server featuresThe following significant features are not supported:
- BitLocker Drive Encryption (on the operating system hard disk, may be used on data disks)
- Internet Storage Name Server
- Multipath I/O
- Network Load Balancing
- Peer Name Resolution Protocol
- SNMP Services
- Storage Manager for SANs
- Windows Internet Name Service
- Wireless LAN Service
- Minimum version support for Linux and Windows virtual machine agents in Azure.
- Download the Azure Virtual Machine Readiness Assessment. This assessment helps you make your move to Azure virtual machines. It automatically inspects your on-premises environment, whether that environment is physical or already virtualized. If you are running Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS), SharePoint Server, or SQL Server, this tool makes it easy for you to get started.
- The optimization assessment provides prioritized recommendations across six focus areas to optimize your experience while running in Azure. After a short questionnaire, automated data collection and analysis, a custom report is generated. The report includes an executive summary, key and detail recommendations which provide a high level view across the focus areas to help you manage, prioritize, and implement the recommendations.
- In Virtual Machines Image Gallery, you can find prebuilt Linux images that are provided by commercial distributors. For a complete list, go to the following Microsoft website:
- Our partners offer tools and finished services that you can integrate with your applications that run on Azure virtual machines. For a complete list of add-ons for Microsoft Azure Store, go to Azure Marketplace.
- VM Depot is a community-driven catalog of preconfigured operating systems, applications, and development stacks that can be deployed on Microsoft Azure. These images are provided and licensed to you by community members. Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc. does not screen these images for security, compatibility, or performance, and does not provide any license rights or support for them. By using unsupported images, you might forfeit Microsoft Azure availability SLA. For more information, see Using and contributing to VM Depot.
- Supplemental guidance is available to help you use the following technologies on Azure virtual machines:
- Active Directory Domain Services: Guidelines for deploying Windows Server Active Directory in Azure virtual machines
- Windows SharePoint: SharePoint on Azure Infrastructure Services
- Microsoft SQL Server: SQL Server on Microsoft Azure virtual machines
- For information about Office activation on Azure virtual machines, see the following Microsoft Knowledge Base article: 2998147 Microsoft Office prompts for activation in Azure