• Common Engineering Criteria Program for Microsoft Server Products

      Many organizations face the challenge of containing overall IT spending while supporting new business requirements. As they work to contain costs, organizations must also position themselves for the future. While they devote significant resources to maintaining existing IT investments, they still depend on IT to forge new business models, seize new opportunities, and adjust to changing markets.

      Microsoft server products strive to help organizations meet these challenges by facilitating efficient operations and providing the ability to quickly adapt to changing business needs. The Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria (CEC) program establishes a set of engineering requirements to improve integration, manageability, performance, reliability, and other critical infrastructure attributes that can help organizations add IT value and contain implementation costs.

      Our server products are designed to share engineering capabilities, management tools, and common architectures. So although each server product can be used effectively on its own, it can provide even greater value as part of an integrated system.

      Common Engineering Criteria Overview

      All Microsoft server products are required to comply with a set of engineering requirements as part of the CEC program. This includes criteria and requirements in the following areas:

    • Virtualization has fundamentally changed the way organizations plan, build, deploy, and operate software solutions. By abstracting software from the physical hardware that it runs on, virtualization enables a dynamic data center and opens opportunities to architect and develop applications. Virtualization provides a practical method for organizations to save costs and ease management. All Microsoft server products are required to support virtualization.

      The Virtualization Readiness technical area of the CEC program includes the following requirements, which are designed to support virtualization across all Microsoft server products:

      • Deployment agility

      • Virtualization support

      • Install and run on physical servers that are booted from a virtual hard disk (VHD)

    • Microsoft server products are data center ready, and they come with guidance, instrumentation, models, and management packs to incorporate them into every step of the service life cycle (including planning; change management; deployment and configuration; and monitoring health, performance, and automation).

      The Data Center and Enterprise Readiness technical area of the Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria program includes the following requirements, which are designed to help manage the costs and risks of deploying and running data centers:

      • Health and performance management packs

      • IPv6 support

      • Active Directory support

      • Support for a Server Core installation

      • Energy efficiency

      • Support for fully qualified domain names, internationalized domain & names, and email address internationalization

    • The total cost of operations and support includes the costs to manage and maintain the server product and to recover from unexpected issues. Managing operations represents one of the highest expenses for organizations.

      The Manageability technical area of the Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria program includes the following requirements, which collectively help reduce the management costs of all Microsoft server products:

      • Data protection and disaster recovery infrastructure

      • Remote Desktop Services support

      • Windows PowerShell scripting

    • Interoperability in a product means that it effectively works with other platforms and applications.

      The Interoperability technical area of the Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria program includes the following requirements to help ensure that our server products work well together and with other products:

      • Standardized installer

      • Web Services adoption

      • Workflow

      • Certificate issuance and lifecycle

    • The Reliability technical area of the Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria program includes the following requirements, which are designed to help maintain the performance and reliability of Microsoft server products:

      • Microsoft Update serviceability

      • Smarter setup

      • High availability

      • Certified for Windows Server