Support for Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 on a Virtualised Computer
We sometimes get asked about whether or not Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is supported in a virtualised operating environment. When CRM 4.0 first shipped it was not. But as time has gone by we have been able to test more scenarios and learn more about running an application in a virtualised environment. There is a very good KB article on our support site that covers our current position. In short, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 is supported on computers that run Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V in production systems. Additionally, Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 supports virtualisation solutions from vendors who participate in the Microsoft Windows Server Virtualization Validation Program (SVVP). For more information about this program and about participating vendors, visit the following Windows Server Marketplace Web site:
The full KB article is Article ID# 957054. You can review it here:
We also recommend that you review the following Web sites before you decide whether to implement hardware virtualisation technologies in your data centre:
- Top Ten Virtualization Myths
- Virtualization – Evolution Not Revolution
- Virtualization – The Architectural Foundation for Dynamic IT
- The Microsoft Virtualization home page
This information can also helpful when you plan a Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 implementation. For example, the decision to deploy different server roles of Microsoft Dynamics CRM 4.0 to virtualised or non-virtualised environments is strongly dependent on your data centre implementation, management strategies, and available resources.
I hope this provides both clarity and insight. All the best with the planning of your next CRM project!