Confused about Citrix XenServer 5 support for Windows Server 2008

November 25th, 2008 by jason Leave a reply »

I read a news item here stating Citrix XenServer 5 lacks support for Windows Server 2008 as a guest operating system. I decided to check it out for myself.

Citrix reveals here that indeed Windows Server 2008 guests are not supported in XenServer 5. However, the What’s new in Citrix XenServer 5 page explains that XenServer 5 is tuned for Windows and Windows Server 2008 guest support has been added through the all important Microsoft Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).

Confused? I am.

VMware supports Windows Server 2008 for many of its products and VMware is very clear about it. VMware’s guest OS support for all VMware products can be found in the Guest Operating System Installation Guide.

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2 comments

  1. James says:

    Oversight? Perhaps …

  2. jason says:

    Could be an oversight. However, publishing an inaccurate compatibility list for an enterprise virtualization product seems to be more than an oversight to me.

    I beat up VMware plenty on their oversights. I could choose to ignore the oversights and turn my head to uninformed individuals basing important virtualization decisions on misinformation, but I choose not to. That’s part of what this blog is about. Getting accurate virtualization information to the masses.

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