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BizTalk Virtualization

For virtualization on BizTalk Server 2010 supportability and licensing are key.

Microsoft BizTalk Server supportability on a virtual machine

The following table indicates the supportability of hosting a BizTalk Server virtual machine. In this table, "Yes" means that it is fully supported.

Virtualization program BizTalk Server 2010
Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 No
Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V Yes
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008
Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, including Hypervisor Yes
Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 Yes
SVVP certified * Yes
Non-SVVP certified Commercially reasonable support

Table above is derived from Microsoft Support: Microsoft BizTalk Server supportability on a virtual machine

Note: SVVP lists products that have been tested and validated to work with Windows Server. Some SVVP companies have only been validated for Windows Server 2008 and later. For more information about SVVP, visit the following Microsoft Web site:

The following table describes the operating systems and the versions of SQL Server that are supported when you use different versions of BizTalk Server 2010:

   BizTalk Server 2010
Windows 2000   No
Windows XP  No
Windows XP Professional, 64-Bit Edition  No
Windows Server 2003  No
Windows Server 2003, 64-Bit Edition  No
Windows Vista, including 64-bit  Yes, with Windows Vista Service Pack 2 or later service pack
Windows Server 2008, including 64-bit  Yes
Windows 7, including 64-bit  Yes
Windows Server 2008 R2, including 64-bit  Yes
SQL Server 7.0  No
SQL Server 2000
SQL Server 2000, 64-Bit Edition
SQL Server 2005, including 64-bit  No
SQL Server 2008, including 64-bit  Yes, with SQL Server 2008 Service Pack 1 or later service pack
SQL Server 2008 R2, including 64-bit  Yes
SQL Server Desktop Engine  SQL Server Express Edition is supported, but is not recommended

Table above is derived from Microsoft Support: Summary of 64-bit support, operating systems and SQL Server versions supported by BizTalk Server

The following table describes 64-bit support for the different versions and editions of BizTalk Server:

   64-bit Operating System Support  Native 64-bit Execution Support
 BizTalk Server 2010
 All Editions Enterprise Edition
Standard Edition
Developer Edition
Branch Edition
Evaluation Edition

Note The Standard Edition is supported for native 64-bit execution.

Licensing BizTalk Server on Virtual Machine

Similar to SQL Server Enterprise, BizTalk Server 2010 ENT can be licensed for unlimited virtualized processors that are available on a single physical server. As customer you will be required to license the number of physical processors on a server.

White papers explaining licensing in a virtual server environment are located at Volume Licensing Brief Downloads

Ready made BizTalk Server 2010 Virtual Machines (VHD)

Microsoft provides ready made BizTalk Server 2010 virtual machines you can download:

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