At The Microsoft Management Summit 2011, Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President, Management and Security Division, discussed the System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta. Server Application Virtualization (Server App-V) allows you to separate the application configuration and state from the underlying operating system. This offers a simplified approach to application deployment and servicing.
Which applications can Server Application Virtualization virtualize as part of System Center 2012?
There is not yet a list of applications that Server Application Virtualization will support, however, there are a number of architectural attributes that the initial release of this technology has been optimized for. These attributes include:
- State persisted to local disk
- Windows Services
- IIS Applications
- Text-based Configuration Files
- WMI Providers
- SQL Server Reporting Services
- Local users and groups
Applications that do not have these attributes may be supported in later versions. The following applications or architectural attributes will not be supported in V1:
- Virtualization of Windows core component (IIS, DHCP, DNS, etc).
- J2EE Application Servers
- SQL Server
- Exchange Server
For more details see here.