HLK Compatibility Program Playlist and Additional Qualification Update for November 15th, 2016


The Windows Hardware Compatibility Program uses an official playlist to determine which tests must be successfully completed for devices and systems to be compatible with Windows 10 and Windows Server 2016. The latest playlist can be downloaded at https://sysdev.microsoft.com/en-US/Hardware/compatibilityplaylists.

This playlist is optional for the next 90 days, after which it will be required by the Hardware Developer Portal, and previous playlists will no longer be accepted. Published playlists can be used for submissions for 90 days after the next playlist update.

 

Note: This playlist must be used with version 1607 of the Windows HLK.

 

Jobs removed from the playlist:

  • Camera Driver Test –  Video Capture (Record) – Record 30 seconds of 480p Video from Capture pin to H264 file (Video Only)
  • Camera Driver Test – Video Capture (Record) – Record 30 seconds of 720p Video from Capture pin to H264 file (Video Only)

 

New Additional Qualifications for Windows Server 2016

With this playlist, two new Additional Qualifications (AQs) can be earned and are described below. For these AQs, the Windows Server Catalog will display the appropriate designations on devices or systems that pass the associated tests.

  1. Firmware Update Capable
    Disk Drives that can update firmware while running without requiring a power cycle.
    SAS, SATA, and NVMe Storage devices may be optionally tested for Firmware Update Capability. If this AQ is sought for SAS devices, you must manually add the If Implemented Device.Storage.Hd.FirmwareUpdate feature to run the corresponding test.
  2. Nano Server Capable
    Devices and systems that are verified to run Nano Server, the new very-small footprint installation option for Windows Server 2016.
    Network adapters, Storage adapters, USB components and “Other” (a.k.a. Unclassified) products can be optionally tested running Nano Server. To receive the Nano Server AQ, you must manually add the If Implemented DevFund.Server.Nano feature, which will avoid having unneeded tests scheduled.

 

This playlist enables these new tests:

Note: For Windows Server 2016 certification, Quick Path offerings, Software Defined Data Center (SDDC) Standard or Premium certifications, or Azure Stack certification testing, Microsoft recommends that this playlist be used along with the latest October Update (10D) update (https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/3197954) to Windows Server 2016.

 

Additional references:

The policies and processes for certification testing, product submission and business requirements can be found at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?LinkID=615222.

The HLK requirements can be found at https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/hardware/commercialize/design/compatibility/index.


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