The following certified Red Hat and third-party guest operating systems apply to Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server with KVM virtualization. Red Hat also offers Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, which offers greater scalability and more advanced features. To see certified guest operating systems for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization, please see Certified guest operating systems for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization.
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Server with KVM||Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Server with KVM||Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Server with KVM||Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Server with KVM|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4||Not supported|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5||Not supported|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7|
|Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8||RHEL7.5 or later*4||RHEL6.10 or later||Not supported|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64-Bit||Not supported||*1||Not supported||All versions *2, *3|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64-Bit||Not supported||*1||RHEL6.0 or later*2, *3||All versions *2, *3|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64-Bit||Not supported||*1||RHEL6.4 or later*2, *3||Not supported|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64-Bit||All versions *2, *3||*1||RHEL6.5 or later*2, *3||Not supported|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2016 64-Bit||All versions *2, *3||*1||RHEL6.9 or later*2, *3||Not supported|
|Microsoft Windows Server 2019 64-Bit||All versions *2, *3||*1||Not supported||Not supported|
1. In RHEL 7, RHEL will have SVVP support only under specific subscription programs. If you are unsure whether your subscription model includes support for Windows guests, please contact customer support. RHV and OSP have full support and ship SVVP certified drivers. In addition, the Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and 8 Server version which you are using must be listed as a supported virtualization technology for running Windows Server at Windows Server Catalog - Server Virtualization.
2. Microsoft Windows operating systems certifications only apply to all RHEL8 releases, RHEL 6 releases and all RHEL 5 releases.
3. For best performance, the para-virtualized I/O drivers (virtio-win) are required to be installed in the Windows guests. The drivers are made available as images in the Supplementary channel of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux host OS. Please refer to this article for details. Please see the Microsoft SVVP site for certification details.
4. Customizing RHEL8 KVM image on RHEL7 KVM host is not supported. Please refer to this article for details.