Validating that the servers contain only signed drivers
The program enables vendors to validate various machine virtualization products so that Microsoft customers running copies of Windows Server they have acquired and licensed from Microsoft directly can receive technical support for Windows Server in virtualized environments.
SVVP does not apply to vendors that are hosting Windows Server or other Microsoft products through the Microsoft Service Provider License Agreement Program (SPLA).
To improve customers' support experiences when running Windows Server on virtualization technologies other than Hyper-V™ and Virtual Server, Microsoft has launched the Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP).
Hyper-V Supported Virtual Machines and Guest Operating Systems Microsoft Server Software and Supported Virtualization Environments Microsoft Server Software Support for Windows Azure Virtual Machines SVVP is open to any vendor that delivers a machine virtualization solution that runs currently supported versions of Windows Server.
Contact your virtualization vendor for detailed information on what physical systems, adapters, storage external to the system such as SAN and NAS products, and networking devices such as switches and routers, are supported by the machine virtualization vendor.
The virtualization vendor may validate configurations that use para-virtualization drivers, i.e.
SVVP is not a logo program, rather a reference that companies and customers will be able to use in conjunction with their validated solutions.
Note that the version of Windows Server that was tested for validation and is listed for the virtualization product is supported, and that all the previous versions of Windows Server are supported as well.Microsoft Life Cycle Support policy still applies for support and end of support for specific versions of an operating system and Service Packs.