Windows 10 support on Hyper-V

by Shijaz Abdulla on 13.08.2015 at 10:23


Q: I want to deploy Windows 10 within Hyper-V VMs. What Hyper-V host is required?

A: From a support standpoint, Microsoft uses a consistent support policy for guest operating systems that are newer than the Host OS. Specifically, Microsoft supports a guest operating system (N) on an N-1 HOST. Thus, Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported as a guest on a Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V HOST, but it is not supported on a Windows Server 2008 R2 -SP1 Hyper-V HOST (N-2).

Here are a couple examples of supported configurations:

1. Windows 10 Client is supported as a guest on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V host.

2. Windows Server 2012 is supported as a guest on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 Hyper-V host.

3. Windows Server 2012 R2 is supported as a guest on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V host.

Since there’s so much interest in Windows 10, here are further details:

Hypervisor version Windows 10 supported as guest?
Windows 8.1 Hyper-V Yes
Windows 8.0 Hyper-V No
Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V Yes
Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V No


Finally, from a best practices standpoint, Microsoft recommends deploying the latest, up-to-date version of Hyper-V as host.


Q: I want to deploy Windows Server 2016 within Hyper-V VMs. What Hyper-V host is required?

A: Windows Server 2016 is still under development and thus production support isn’t available yet. However, based on our consistent support policy, you can expect Windows Server 2016 to be supported as a guest operating system on Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V.

Citrix announces VDI support on Windows Azure

by Shijaz Abdulla on 16.07.2013 at 10:30

You can now run VDI on Windows Azure with Citrix. Think of all the possibilities – Desktop-as-a-Service, your personal desktop on the cloud, accessible anytime, anywhere.

Citrix has announced that version 7 of its Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) product XenDesktop can now be deployed on a Windows Azure virtual machine. This is now possible because Microsoft has made Remote Desktop Services (RDS) Subscriber Access Licensing (SAL) available on Azure, paving the way to install XenDesktop on a VM running on Azure.

In order to support this announcement, Citrix published two new Design Guides detailing how to design a VDI environment running on Windows Azure.

VDI seminar at Microsoft Qatar office

by Shijaz Abdulla on 24.06.2012 at 11:28

A seminar on Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) will be held at the Microsoft office in Qatar on Tuesday, 26th June 2012.

This interesting session will be delivered by Yasser Shaheen, our expert from Adonia Consultancy, a Microsoft partner. The session will feature a live demonstration of cutting edge VDI software and hardware technologies.

9:00 – 10:30 Presentation (60-90 min)
VDI overview
VDI concept based on Microsoft solutions
Brief about integration between Microsoft and Citrix VDI solutions
PanoLogic Systems – Zero client and VDI solutions
VDI Licensing
10:30-11:30 Practical demonstration (30-60 min)
11:30 – 12:00      Q & A
12:00 Lunch

Attendance to the seminar is FREE, however registration is required. To register please drop me an email or post a comment below indicating your name, title and company name.

Here’s a preview of the Pano Logic Zero client that Yasser will be demonstrating as part of the seminar:

Pano Logic Zero Client   Pano Logic Zero Clients

Pano Logic Zero Client - Rear view

Microsoft VDI Licenses for partners

by Shijaz Abdulla on 08.06.2011 at 06:14

A partner approached me recently requesting Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) licenses for internal use.

Here’s the official statement on the matter:

Windows Virtual Desktop Access (VDA) is licensed only to those partners who have either the Gold Desktop or Gold Virtualization competency; these partners receive 5 VDA licenses.  Windows VDA licenses are required for devices to access the VDI environment.  Windows VDA is a device-based subscription and licensed per device per year.  Beyond what is licensed for gold desktop or gold virtualization competency, partners would need to purchase VDA licenses unless the partner has Software Assurance outside of the program.  SA includes rights to Windows VDI desktops. 

There’s a good Windows licensing for VDI overview that may be a helpful resource.

Citrix VDI event at Doha, April 7

by Shijaz Abdulla on 18.04.2010 at 13:41


Mannai Trading, a Microsoft Gold Certified Partner on Server Virtualization and many other competencies, held an event jointly with Citrix and HP on 7th April at the Intercontinental Hotel, Doha, Qatar. The event mainly focused on Desktop Virtualization.

Nabil Khalil, Deputy General Manager at Mannai, Alex Filocca and Raja Slaiman Haidar from Citrix, Rajat Rallan and Bechara from HP were some of the speakers at the event.

The event was well attended and gave us the opportunity to keep the Qatar customer community to be informed of the strategic alliance between Microsoft and Citrix in the VDI space.

For more information on the Citrix Microsoft partnership, visit