Certified Guest Operating Systems in Red Hat OpenStack Platform and Red Hat Virtualization

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Certified Guest Operating Systems

The following is the list of Red Hat and third-party operating systems that are certified and supported for use as the guest operating system with the Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor. The Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisors is integrated into and is used within the following products:

  • Red Hat Virtualization
  • Red Hat OpenStack Platform
  • Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure

Red Hat also offers Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM for low-density, single machine virtualization. For information on the certified guest operating systems for Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM, see Certified guest operating systems for Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM.

Operating System
Architecture
Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor Version
Spice Support
Support Tier
7
6
5
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
4
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 64 bit (x86)
4
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 [7] 64 bit (x86)
4
Tier 1
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
1
1
1
5
Tier 1
Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 64 bit (x86)
1
1
1
5
Tier 1
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 64 bit (x86)
1
1
1
Tier 1
Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 64 bit (x86)
1
1
1
Tier 1
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 64 bit (x86)
1
6
Tier 1
Microsoft Windows Server 2019 [8] 64 bit (x86)
1
6
Tier 1
Microsoft Windows 7 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
1
1
1
4
Tier 1
Microsoft Windows 8 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
1
1
1
Tier 1
Microsoft Windows 8.1 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
1
1
1
Tier 1
Microsoft Windows 10 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
1
1
1
Tier 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
2
2
2
Tier 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
2
2
2
3
Tier 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
2
2
2
3
Tier 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 64 bit (x86)
2
2
2
3
Tier 2


  1. 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 operating system. For more information, see this article. See the Microsoft SVVP site for certification details.
  2. Red Hat tests and supports the latest service pack of the guest operating system. Red Hat will work with the vendors of specific versions of the guest operating systems to resolve Red Hat hypervisor issues. The customer or partner offering a vendor-supported guest operating system will contact the vendor of that operating system. The vendor will then be responsible for appropriate escalations to Red Hat.
  3. SPICE drivers (QXL) are not supplied by Red Hat. However, the distribution's vendor may provide SPICE drivers as part of their distribution.
  4. SPICE is fully supported on Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7, Red Hat Enterprise 7.0 and above, and Windows 7. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.0, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 have Tier 2 level support.
  5. SPICE is supported when spice-vdagent is running on these guest operating systems, but has not been tested.
  6. An upstream WDDM DoD driver can be used for SPICE. See this link to access the driver. (Please note this is driver/resolution is not a Red Hat supported driver/solution.
  7. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 is supported by Red Hat Virtualization 4.3 with the following limitations: there is no support for SSO in gnome environments, only the qemu-guest-agent is supported, virt-sysprep(template sealing) and virt-sparsify are not supported, and v2v
    conversion of RHEL 8 is not supported.
  8. Microsoft Windows Server 2019 is only certified for compatibility with Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.

Supported Guest Operating Systems for IBM Power

The following is the list of Red Hat and third-party operating systems that are supported for use as the guest operating system with Red Hat Enterprise Linux hosts with the rhev-qemu-kvm kernel module on IBM POWER8 and POWER9 hardware. Red Hat Enterprise Linux hosts on IBM POWER8 and POWER9 hardware are integrated into and used within the following products:

  • Red Hat Virtualization
Operating System
Virtual Machine Architecture
Hypervisor Architecture
Red Hat Enterprise Linux Host Version
Spice Support
Support Tier
7
6
5
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.5 PPC64BE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.6 PPC64BE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.7 PPC64BE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.8 PPC64BE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.9 PPC64BE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.10 PPC64BE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 PPC64BE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.1 PPC64LE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.2 PPC64BE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.3 PPC64LE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.4 PPC64LE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.5 PPC64LE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.6 PPC64LE PPC64LE
Tier 1
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8 PPC64LE PPC64LE
Tier 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 PPC64BE PPC64LE
Tier 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 PPC64LE PPC64LE
Tier 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 15 PPC64LE PPC64LE
Tier 2

Note: Red Hat Virtualization does not support installing the RHEV-H minimal operating system on IBM POWER8 hardware.

Support Tiers

Global Support Services provides support for guest operating systems in accordance with two tiers as outlined below.

  • Tier 1: Red Hat has tested, certified and will support this combination of hypervisor and guest operating system. Customers may contact Red Hat for support.
  • Tier 2: Red Hat will provide hypervisor support for customers that use this combination of hypervisor and guest operating system. Customers may contact Red Hat for hypervisor support and their Vendor for guest operating system support. Red Hat will work with the Vendor if the guest operating system issue is related to a hypervisor issue.
  • Note: If a guest operating system is not listed then support for that guest operating system will be provided in accordance with Red Hat's Third-Party Software Support Policy.
    • Red Hat may chose to continue providing hypervisor support for a guest operating system beyond the supported life cycle of that guest operating system. However, customers are recommended to review with the guest operating system vendor support policies relating to support for end of life products.

Product Versions

This section provides an overview of the version of the Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor included in Red Hat products. See the table for each product for a list of the applicable versions.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform

The following table outlines the versions of the Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor module included in Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform Version Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor Version
3.0 6.4 and above
4.0 6.4 and above
5.0 6.4 and above, 7.0 and above
6.0 7.2 and above
7.0 7.2 and above
8.0 7.2 and above
9.0 7.2 and above
10.0 7.3 and above
11.0 7.3 and above
12.0 7.4 and above
13.0 7.5 and above
14.0 7.6 and above

Red Hat Virtualization

The following table outlines the versions of the Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor module included in Red Hat Virtualization.

Red Hat Virtualization Version Red Hat Virtualization Hypervisor Version
3.0 6.2 and above
3.1 6.3 and above
3.2 6.4 and above
3.3 6.5 and above
3.4 6.5 and above
3.5 6.6 and above, 7.1 and above
3.6 7.2 and above
4.0 7.2 and above
4.1 7.3 and above
4.2 7.4 and above
4.3 7.6 and above

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20 Comments

This link didn't include informance about Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor 7.

in microsoft website, Windows Server certified with Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform Version 7.0 and Red Hat Enterprise Linux with Enterprise Virtualization Version 7.0.

http://www.windowsservercatalog.com/results.aspx?&chtext=&cstext=&csttext=&chbtext=&bCatID=1521&cpID=17597&avc=0&ava=0&avq=0&OR=1&PGS=25&ready=0

The link you provided shows that Windows is certified with RHEL OpenStack Platform 7.0 and RHEL with Enterprise Virtualization 7.0. Both of those products use the Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor described in this article and are certified with Windows guests.

RHEL 7.0 with KVM uses a different hypervisor and is not certified with Windows guests.

Hi,
Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization hypervisor 7 certification is not included above currently .
We will support it later.

The latest version of RHEV (currently 3.4.3) only provides Tech Preview support for RHEL 7 Hosts. While we have certified the underlying OS/Hypervisor Combo under the SVVP program, we will not have full support for RHEL 7 hosts until RHEV 3.5. This document will be properly updated upon the 3.5 release date.

but RHEL OSP5 have released. RHEL OSP5 also use RHEV Hypervisors.

For clarification, the Red Hat Enterprise Hypervisor refers to the rhev-qemu-kvm kernel module which is used by Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform. This rhev-qemu-kvm kernel module is different than the standard kvm module included in Red Hat Enterprise Linux and has additional bells and whistles (like gluster support) turned on at compile time.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux and the associated kernel modules must adhere to the ABI/API standards. Having a separate kernel module for Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization and OpenStack Platform allow those products to move at a different speed with dot releases.

[UPDATE] This page has been revised and newly published as of Feb 10, 2015.

is the QXL driver for Win 8 and friends finally done? Windows 10 is due out in a couple of months, and QXL is a must for even passable graphics performance. Thanks.

No support for Oracle Linux?

Updated 01 Jan 1970 ?

I was told that there is no 32 bit of RHEL 7?

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)

That's correct. I've fixed that. Thanks!

Could you let me know when can we expect the support of Windows2016 as guest VM , we are doing Container POC with RedhatOpenstack 8 version and Windows2016 since this version of Windows got container available . Please let me know Windows2016 instance can build in Openstack8 with KVM hypervisor for POC purpose.

https://www.windowsservercatalog.com/item.aspx?idItem=d3951330-1bc5-65dc-d454-53f5f2a18ca9&bCatID=1521

Please note that RHOSP does not include SPICE HTML5 support at present. https://access.redhat.com/solutions/517823 So if you are using RHOSP, ignore the column "Spice support" in the tables of this article.

Hello, I want install RHEL 6.2 64 bit on RHEV 4.1 but during installation it will showing not usable disk found.. Can anyone suggest on it.

Why freebsd is not supported? I need to mount a cluster with virtual firewalls pfsense,

Hello,

As RHEL-8 is released now, I tried the installation on RHV 4.2 and RHV 4.3 and its working fine. Can we add RHEL-8 in the list of the supported guest operating system.

Done.