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Red Hat and Microsoft support mixed virtualisation

It is now possible to deploy supported virtualisation environments that combine Red Hat Linux with Microsoft Windows Server, the two companies have announced.Late on Wednesday, Red Hat and Microsoft said they had completed interoperability testing and validation between the two companies' virtualisation software and operating systems.
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It is now possible to deploy supported virtualisation environments that combine Red Hat Linux with Microsoft Windows Server, the two companies have announced.

Late on Wednesday, Red Hat and Microsoft said they had completed interoperability testing and validation between the two companies' virtualisation software and operating systems. They first said they planned to do so back in February.

The two firms are offering joint support for:

- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4, using the Kernel Virtual Machine (KVM) hypervisor, with Windows Server 2003, 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 guests.

- Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V, Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 host with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, 5.3 and 5.4 guests.

Microsoft products certified on Windows Server and Red Hat products certified on RHEL are also supported.

"Red Hat customers have the flexibility to run their applications in environments that span from bare-metal servers, to virtualised servers, to public clouds — and this additional support will broaden their deployment choices even further," Red Hat corporate deployment chief Mike Evans said in the companies' statement.

Windows Server virtualisation chief Mike Neil said in the statement that the support would let customers "confidently deploy new applications and services".

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