Jesper M. Christensen

SharePoint and Security

Supporting Microsoft Servers in a Virtual Environment


You need to consider certain issues when running your Windows Servers in a virtual environment and Microsoft have written some knowledgebase articles regarding these challenges.

Considerations when hosting Active Directory domain controller in virtual hosting environments

Running Domain Controllers in Virtual Server 2005 (Word document download)

Support policy for Microsoft software running in non-Microsoft hardware virtualization software

How to detect and recover from a USN rollback in Windows 2000 Server or Windows Server 2003

I have written a couple of tips down to help avoiding stability-issues

  • Install VMware Tools (if using VMware) on the servers as soon as possible
  • "undo", "differencing" and Snapshot are not supported for Domain Controllers
  • The following hotfix are recommended for Domain Controllers:
    • How to detect and recover from a USN rollback (Win2k: 885875, Win 2k3: 875495)
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