Note: Effective July 15, 2009, certification on the original Windows Server 2008 platform will be discontinued. The “Certified for” and “Works with” programs will require applications to be tested on Windows Server 2008 R2 in a Hyper-V environment. Eligible applications will earn “R2” versions of the logos.
The “Works with Windows Server 2008 R2” logo designates applications that are independently verified as compatible with the platform according to Microsoft-recommended standards.
Complete the following steps to begin the verification process:
Test your application on the latest version of Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V to verify compatibility with your applications. Download the latest build of Windows Server 2008 R2.
Detailed step-by-step instructions to help you participate in the Works with Windows Server 2008 program. An updated guide for Windows Server 2008 R2 will be available by July 1, 2009.
Download documents and tools:
The "Works with" Tool is included in the Software Certification Toolkit. This highly-automated tool will help you quickly determine baseline compatibility with Windows Server 2008 R2. Get results within 45 minutes to four hours, depending upon application complexity. Any pieces of the application (installation, primary functionality, drivers, etc.) that do not meet baseline compatibility will be flagged for development refinement.
Download the Software Certification Toolkit x64
Download the Software Certification Toolkit x86
Participate in the growing community that's developing applications on the new platform.
Correspond with the Windows Server 2008 R2 technical team to address technical issues.
Review technical requirements a server application and its client components must meet in order to become validated for Works with Windows Server 2008 R2. This document is embedded in the "Works with" tool.
The framework document describes tests that verify an application's compliance with to earn the "Works with" validation. This document is also embedded into the "Works with" tool.
Microsoft may occasionally grant limited waivers for specific test requirements on a case-by-case basis. Independent software vendors seeking waivers must justify the need for a waiver, document the application's behavior and impact on users, and agree to publish the information conspicuously for customers prior to installation. Microsoft reserves the right to publish waiver documentation for customers seeking information on certified software.
Use the Windows Quality Online Services (Winqual) site to site to start the submission process and complete the steps for obtaining the Works with Windows Server 2008 R2 logo.
Sign in to the Winqual site and create a new Works with Windows Server 2008 R2 submission package using your Winqual account.
Your company may already have a Winqual account. If so, check with your Winqual account administrator for your company's Winqual access credentials.
If you do not currently have a Winqual account, you will need to create one before starting the submission process. This requires a VeriSign Organizational Certificate (US$99) which allows Microsoft to identify your organization on the Winqual site. If your organization needs to sign executable files, device drivers, and kernel mode drivers, you should instead consider the VeriSign Microsoft Authenticode Code Signing Certificate available for US$399.
This validation ensures that only you can communicate information about your products to Microsoft. It also ensures that the right information about your application is received. This allows Microsoft to share your application's certification status with Windows Server 2008 R2 customers.
Get a Winqual Account
All application drivers must pass Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) tests and be signed by WHQL. The WHQL Submission ID is required for Works with Windows Server 2008 R2 and Certified for Windows Server 2008 R2. Get started with WHQL.
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Engage the authorized test vendor of your choice to receive instructions on how to submit your application for testing. You will receive documentation after completing the Works with Windows Server 2008 R2 submission process on the Winqual site. This documentation is required by the authorized test vendors.
Note: Applications may be submitted in any language. However, the testing process and communication with the authorized test vendor may be conducted in English only.