Certified guest operating systems for Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM

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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 Certified Certified Certified
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 Not supported Certified Certified Certified
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 Certified Certified Certified Certified
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 Certified Certified Certified Certified
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 Certified RHEL7.5 or laterCertified*4 RHEL6.10 or laterCertified Not supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 64-Bit Not supported *1 Not supported All versions Certified*2, *3
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64-Bit Not supported *1 RHEL6.0 or laterCertified*2, *3 All versions Certified*2, *3
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64-Bit Not supported *1 RHEL6.4 or laterCertified*2, *3 Not supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64-Bit All versions Certified*2, *3 *1 RHEL6.5 or laterCertified*2, *3 Not supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 64-Bit All versions Certified*2, *3 *1 RHEL6.9 or laterCertified*2, *3 Not supported
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 64-Bit All versions Certified*2, *3 *1 Not supported Not supported

Footnotes:
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.

11 Comments

I get confused about certified guest operating systems for RHEL7, in this link:
https://access.redhat.com/articles/973133
there are no windows Certified for RHEL7.

but in RHEL7 ReleaseNote, say RHEL7 support windows8, windows8.1 and windows 2012.
https://access.redhat.com/documentation/en-US/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux/7/pdf/7.0_Release_Notes/Red_Hat_Enterprise_Linux-7-7.0_Release_Notes-en-US.pdf

Which information is correct?

This article is correct. We will fix the Release Notes.

Thanks for bringing this to our attention.

Did I understand that correctly, that no Windows system on RHEL 7 systems (including RedHat OpenStack) is supported?
Is there a reason for this?

That is not entirely correct. Please see https://access.redhat.com/site/articles/973163
That article covers guest operating systems on:
- Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform
- Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure

This article is only for RHEL using the included KVM. As indicated above, Windows is not certified on this platform.

Question regarding CentOS, are we to assume that support for RHEL versions as VMs implies support for CentOS as well? Any plan to support Ubuntu?

Thanks in advance.

Consider SUSE linux support added , please.

Is it possible to open a customer center case with your exact requirements and use case? This would be the best start to get this request evaluated.

Hello,

I can see RHEL-8 is not included in the list of the supported guest operating system on KVM,can we add RHEL-8 as a supported guest OS.

It is in progress and it will be include soon

not support win10?

On a RHEL 7.6 KVM host, RHEL 7.6 vm does not work for me because the qemu-kvm-1.5.3-160.el7 OR qemu-kvm-1.5.3-165.el7 package does not include the RHEL 7.6.0 machine type.

/usr/libexec/qemu-kvm --version
QEMU emulator version 1.5.3 (qemu-kvm-1.5.3-165.el7), Copyright (c) 2003-2008 Fabrice Bellard
/usr/libexec/qemu-kvm -machine help
Supported machines are:
none                 empty machine
pc                   RHEL 7.0.0 PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996) (alias of pc-i440fx-rhel7.0.0)
pc-i440fx-rhel7.0.0  RHEL 7.0.0 PC (i440FX + PIIX, 1996) (default)
rhel6.6.0            RHEL 6.6.0 PC
rhel6.5.0            RHEL 6.5.0 PC
rhel6.4.0            RHEL 6.4.0 PC
rhel6.3.0            RHEL 6.3.0 PC
rhel6.2.0            RHEL 6.2.0 PC
rhel6.1.0            RHEL 6.1.0 PC
rhel6.0.0            RHEL 6.0.0 PC

The rhel-7-server-openstack OR rhel-8-for-x86_64-appstream-rpms repos has the newer qemu-kvm package [2.12.0] which supports RHEL 7.6 machine type. On a RHEL 7 environment, I do not expect to enable openstack or el8 repos. Am i missing anything here since the table above lists RHEL 7 as supported.