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Tech-Ed 2011: Exchange 2010 Gets Enhanced Virtualization Hardware Support

Improvements to Exchange 2010 that will avoid supported scenarios when running the software in a virtualized environment was announced by Microsoft at Tech-Ed 2011, currently underway in Atlanta, Ga.

The new scenarios, available for those running Exchange 2010 SP1 or later, enhance Exchange and Unified Messaging by combining Database Availibility Groups (DAGs) with failover solutions and hypervisor-based clustering.

"Due to improvements we made in Exchange Server 2010 SP1, along with more comprehensive testing of Exchange 2010 in a virtualized environment, we are happy to provide this additional deployment flexibility to our customers," wrote Kevin Allison, general manager of the Exchange Customer Experience, in a TechNet blog posting.

"The updated support guidance applies to any hardware virtualization vendor participating in the Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP)," he continued.

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