First published on CloudBlogs on Apr, 08 2014

The Application Certification Program for Windows Server 2012 R2 is now available to application providers, ISV’s, and IT Pros.

The process for attaining certification is simple and requires relatively modest resources. The program’s self-test tool is executed in your test environment where a comprehensive assessment report can be consulted as needed. Investing in certification translates to increased Customer satisfaction at minimal cost. Technology consumers have come to rely on the Certified for Windows Server 2012 R2 logo (or badge) as a symbol of quality and best in class management of Windows Server datacenter apps.

IT Pros can also leverage the certification test toolkit for validation of in-house applications when developing new Server platforms, making decisions about app purchases, or studying the compatibility of line-of-business applications.

Certification for Windows Server enables you to list your apps in the Windows Server Catalog , as well as usage of the “Certified for Windows Server” logo in your marketing collateral. The Windows Server Catalog is the authoritative reference for IT Pros and system integrators to identify the compatibility and support of specific platforms.

ISV and application providers can leverage the Certified for Windows Server 2012 R2 test tools to assess their compatibility to the latest Windows Server platform improvements. The test tools also allows for app compatibility assessments that can correct or adjust potential deployments or future upgrade issues.

This certification program offers an assessment of application compatibility with an upgraded test suite reflecting the platform improvements and the trend toward a software-defined datacenter. In our fast-paced, rapidly changing industry, end-users need high quality applications they can trust for deployment in their private/public/hybrid clouds, and IT Pros need apps that can ensure their workloads are operating as planned.

With the Application Certification Program these kind of assurances are possible.

The Certification of Applications provides a formal framework for an in-depth assessment of application compatibility and best practice guidance for development on the Windows Server platform, Microsoft Hyper-V, or Windows Azure VMs.

This program includes a number of certifications that include hundreds of tests and best practices with an emphasis on deployment, management, reliability, and security. The program already includes validation options for cloud-based deployment and manageability based on System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack.

There are also certifications for advanced software datacenter capabilities like:

  • Remote Desktop Sessions
  • Server Core minimal installation options
  • Running Microsoft Hyper-V Virtual Machine or Windows Azure Virtual Machine
  • Application Health Management through System Center 2012 R2 Management Pack
  • Virtual Machine Role deployment with System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack

To learn more about Application Certification for Windows Server 2012 R2, visit: Microsoft.com/WindowsServer/ISV .