You no longer need to choose between the cloud and your data center — or between your Windows environment and your Linux systems for scalable open source applications. Your Microsoft Azure public cloud can expand to host a catalogue of open source technologies, from rapid-scale developer tools to production application support.

The Red Hat and Microsoft partnership certifies that Red Hat offerings have been validated in Microsoft Azure. Support paths have been established to ensure continuity of service if issues arise, and management and update mechanisms are integrated for full life-cycle support.

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A list of Red Hat products certified for use on Microsoft Azure can be found in the Red Hat cloud provider certification catalog.

There are two primary ways to use Red Hat products in Azure.

Red Hat Cloud Access

Red Hat Cloud Access provides subscription portability for Red Hat customers who want to use their eligible product subscriptions in a public cloud.

Red Hat Enterprise Linux On-Demand

Red Hat Enterprise Linux is available on-demand with pay-as-you-go pricing in the Azure Marketplace for customers who want deployment flexibility.

Getting started with Red Hat Enterprise Linux in Microsoft Azure

Customers who want to migrate a RHEL subscription to Azure, follow the steps outlined below.

Customers who want to use RHEL on demand, see Creating a Red Hat Enterprise Linux Virtual Machine in Microsoft Azure Using an On-Demand Marketplace RHEL Image.

Setting Up The Environment

The following articles describe how Red Hat and Microsoft support Red Hat products running on Azure. Browse the Microsoft Knowledge Index for even more content!

.NET CORE on Red Hat Enterprise Linux

Red Hat and Microsoft are partnering to bring .NET Core to our joint customers.

Red Hat and Microsoft support .NET Core integration with Red Hat solutions for enhanced integration of Red Hat CloudForms with System Center VMM. This is great for consistent workload management in a hybrid environment.

Users of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) and RHEL-based Red Hat products can develop and run .NET Core applications directly on RHEL 7 and 8, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host and Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform. You can get .NET Core as a collection of RPMs or as a source-to-image- (S2I-) compatible docker container, which can also be used in OpenShift Container Platform.

Red Hat conducted a .NET Core on RHEL webinar last year to demonstrate why developers should use .NET Core to develop applications. Even though .NET Core continues to evolve since then, the three-part video series provides a solid introduction to the open source version of the .NET framework.

Using .NET Core on RHEL Webinar (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3).

Red Hat and Microsoft jointly engineer, ship, and support Microsoft .NET Core on:

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7 and 8
  • Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux Atomic Host
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux OpenStack Platform

See Red Hat Developers to learn more about building with .NET Core on the proven and trusted Red Hat Enterprise Linux.

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What to Expect

Microsoft and Red Hat are working together to provide integrated support for your hybrid cloud.

Microsoft is a Red Hat Certified Cloud & Service Provider, which certifies Red Hat offerings have been validated in Microsoft Azure. Support paths have been established to ensure continuity of service if issues arise, and management and update mechanisms are integrated for full life-cycle support. Updates are automatically provided to you for Red Hat product images that are certified and supported by Red Hat. They include any critical errata or updates so that you always have the most current Red Hat product images.

Integrated support is a collaborative process between Red Hat and Microsoft. Customers using Red Hat products in Microsoft's Azure cloud are mutual customers, and both companies are united to provide troubleshooting and support services. This joint entitlement process provides Integrated Enterprise Support across companies and platforms while delivering a seamless customer experience.

Red Hat and Microsoft’s Case Exchange allows Red Hat and Microsoft to work together on customer-reported issues and make support simple and efficient. The Joint Security Response Team ensures that security issues discovered in Azure are addressed with the same urgency as on-premise security issues.

Microsoft customers should only access Red Hat support if directed by your Microsoft Azure platform support engineer.

If you have not already opened a case with Microsoft Azure platform support and you would like assistance on a Red Hat product issue, you can engage Red Hat support directly.

As part of this effort Red Hat:

  • Provides customers with security advisories and updates that are easily accessible.
  • Investigates and addresses security issues.
  • Provides timely fixes for security issues.
  • Proactively address customer exposure, often before issues arise.
  • Tracks alerts and security issues from the community.


The Microsoft Community Forums (TechNET and MSDN) are public-facing engagement platforms where Microsoft and Red Hat resources can jointly respond to and provide solutions for inquiries related to Red Hat products running within the Azure Cloud Fabric.

Red Hat resources have been granted elevated roles within forums to provide a greater level of authenticity for the information and solutions being offered as well as the opportunity to demonstrate the extent of the partnership.

See the Customer Platform Blog for more information.

Portal integration ensures that a customer consuming on-demand content will be able to open a case with Red Hat.

  • Red Hat monitors and responds to questions in Microsoft’s forums.
  • Red Hat has a presence in MSDN and Stack Overflow forums and is initially monitoring MSDN and Stack Overflow’s Linux forums.
  • Red Hat may create new Red Hat forums if there is sufficient volume.
  • Portal integration places a RHEL subscription in the customer's user account that has been mapped to their Azure subscription.


Opening new opportunities to develop and deploy truly open hybrid cloud applications.

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