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Windows Server 2008 R2 Logo Program for Software

Affected Platforms

Servers - Windows Server 2008 R2


We want to continue building on the success of Windows and expand the logo program so that it is more relevant to customers. Based on partner and customer feedback, the Windows Server 2008 R2 logo program focuses on ensuring that devices, systems, and applications are compatible, reliable and can perform to meet Windows standards.

Microsoft has focused the Logo Program on fundamentals that enable partners to innovate and reward them for their deeper technical investments through additional qualifications (AQs). AQs increase the visibility of key technologies by recognizing the investment and easily identifying them for customers. The latest information on the logo program is available at Windows Server Logo Program.

The process for qualifying server applications for Windows Server 2008 R2 is similar to that for Windows Server 2008. There are five Requirement Chapters for Logo certification:

  • Windows Fundamentals
  • Install and uninstall
  • Security
  • Reliability and high availability
  • Hyper-V compatibility

Each chapter contains specific requirements that the application must meet. Requirements are further divided into deterministic tests.

Four Server Logo program tools are available to help test for the requirements, the Certification Tool, the Windows System State Analyzer, the Windows System State Monitor, and LoadGen. All are included in the Software Certification Toolkit. Downloads are available here:

New for Windows Server 2008 R2

The Windows 7 Compatibility Logo self-test is an important change in the Windows Server 2008 R2 Logo program.

  • Server Logo certification already includes the required tests for Client components
  • Test vendors will test all Client components that are part of the Server application concurrently against all applicable test cases in the Certified for Windows Server 2008 R2 test framework as part of the testing efforts for Server Certification
  • Client components of Server applications passing all the required tests under the Certified for Windows Server 2008 R2 Logo Program may receive the Windows 7 Compatibility Logo by self-testing with the Windows 7 Software Logo Toolkit
  • Applications may also add the Hyper-V designation if all testing is performed on a Hyper-V based virtual machine and requirements in Chapter 6 are also met


The Logo certification process includes both self-testing and a third party test. An authorized third party testing vendor performs most of the tests. However, some long-term and Cluster tests must be done by the ISV developers themselves.

When you are ready to consider Logo certification:

  1. Download the Software Certification Toolkit from Windows Server Logo Program (there is no registration or fee required).
  2. Evaluate your applications against the technical bar.
    1. First level help for technical questions and clarifications is available at an MSDN Forum.
    2. Second-level help is available via a dedicated mailbox at WsLogoFB@Microsoft.com.
  3. All application drivers must pass Windows Hardware Quality Labs (WHQL) tests and be signed specifically for R2 by WHQL. This also applies to drivers already WHQL-signed for Windows Server 2008. The WHQL Submission ID is required for Logo qualification. Driver Signing Guidelines for ISVs.
  4. Certain self-test logs need to be made available before Final certification is complete (for example, long-term stress tests are self-tested by the ISVs; the Test Vendor only requires interpretable logs).
  5. When you are ready to submit your application for official testing, contact one of our authorized test vendors who will guide you from that point. Contact information is available at Windows Server Logo Program.

If all tests are successful, Microsoft will grant you the right to use the "Certified for Windows Server" logo on your packaging and in your advertising.

If any tests fail, Microsoft may assist you in resolving the failure, including evaluating waiver requests where applicable.

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