Windows Server roles not supported on Azure virtual machine

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In this article, we will discuss the support policy dealing with the Windows server roles that are not supported on Azure virtual machines. (VMs)

It is very important that all the Microsoft software that’s used inside the Microsoft Azure virtual machine environments are adequately licensed.

Windows Server has a license for using Azure by default. The Azure VM offers may also include other software on an evaluation license. All the other licenses for software outside of this category needs to be purchased separately.

There are specific cases in which other Microsoft server software is needed for offering support. These are the versions that we will discuss in this article.

Read on to find out more.

Here’s what we know about Azure supported roles

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Because Microsoft does not offer support for an upgrade of your OS in a Microsoft Azure VM, you will need to create a new Azure VM that does.

This new VM should include the operating system required for the system to run properly, and then transfer the entire workload to it.

If you want to know how you can do this, you can simply visit the following TechNet topic. 

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Microsoft Server software fully supported in Azure VM environment:

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  1.  Azure AD Connect
  2. MS BizTalk Server 2013 and later version are supported by the Azure VMs.
  3. Dynamics AX 2012 R3 and later versions.
  4. Dynamics GP GP 2013 and later.
  5. Dynamics NAV 2013 and later.
  6. Exchange 2013 and later.
  7. Forefront Identity Manager 2012 R2 SP1 and later.
  8. Project Server 2013 and later.
  9. SharePoint Server 2010 and later.
  10. Microsoft SQL Server
  11. System Center 2012 Service Pack 1
  12. Team Foundation Server 2012 and later.


If you find that your server software is not on the list we presented to you above, then it is safe to assume that your version is not compatible with Microsoft Azure VM environments.

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