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

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This is a 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 Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor, which is used by:

 - Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization
 - Red Hat OpenStack Platform
 - Red Hat Cloud Infrastructure

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 Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor. The Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisors is integrated into and is used within the following products:

  • Red Hat Enterprise 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 Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor Version
Spice Support
Support Tier
7
6
5
Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 32 bit, 64 bit (x86)
Tier 1
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
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 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


  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.

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 hardware. Red Hat Enterprise Linux hosts on IBM POWER8 hardware are integrated into and used within the following products:

  • Red Hat Enterprise 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 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 7.2 PPC64LE PPC64LE
Tier 1
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 SP4 PPC64BE PPC64LE
Tier 2
SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 PPC64LE PPC64LE
Tier 2

Note: Red Hat Enterprise 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 Enterprise 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 Enterprise Virtualization Hypervisor module included in Red Hat OpenStack Platform.

Red Hat OpenStack Platform Version Red Hat Enterprise 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

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization

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

Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization Version Red Hat Enterprise 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

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