Windows Server 2008 Certification

Certified for
Windows Server 2008

Follow these steps to obtain Windows Server 2008 Certification and the optional Hyper-V designation.
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1. Get Windows Server 2008 
Download the trial version of the latest build of Windows Server 2008 environment.

Visit this portal to find out the latest information on how to develop applications on the Windows Server 2008 enviroment.
2. Get Started 
This guide will step you through the process of requesting product ID, submitting drivers for signatures, and other key process questions. 
3. Get Technical Guidance
Download the following documents and tools:
4. Pre-test 
Get your application pre-tested, through one of the following options:

  • Self-Testing: Download the Certification Tool for x86 to begin testing your application. Although testing will be conducted on the 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008, applications that rely on the Microsoft WOW64 emulator to maintain compatibility are accepted. Alternatively, you can download the Certification Tool for x64, the same tool the authorized test vendors use.
  • Outsource your Pretesting: Take advantage of the many pretesting services offered by our testing vendors. Services start at US $1,500 and identify common challenges that ISVs have with “Certified for” test cases. Contact Wipro or VeriTest for more details.
  • FAQ for Windows Server 2008 Certification
5. Enroll with Winqual 
  • Create a Winqual Account
    Your company may already have a Windows Quality Labs (Winqual) account. If not, you will need to create one by visiting Winqual and selecting the “Establish an Account” button. All Winqual accounts require a VeriSign Digital ID to identify your organization on the Winqual site. Click here obtain a VeriSign ‘Microsoft Authenticode’ Code Signing Digital ID ($399 USD).
  • Create an XML Submission Package
    Download the Microsoft Product Identification Tool, and follow the step-by-step instructions to create a unique XML submission package for your application. This tool, along with your VeriSign Digital ID will be necessary to create a product signature for your installed application, and will be part of the entire submission package that you provide your authorized testing authority.
6. Driver Validation – Optional
Please note: This step is only required for applications with kernel-mode drivers.

If your application includes device drivers or filter drivers you must have documented proof of passing the Windows Hardware Quality Labs tests prior to submitting the application to the test vendor. Visit the Windows Logo Program for Hardware website and review the section titled WLK and WDK Updates and News for the latest updates on the Windows Logo Kit and Windows Driver Kit.
7. Apply for Testing Waivers 
Microsoft may occasionally grant limited waivers for specific test requirements on a case-by-case basis. Independent software vendors seeking waivers must justify the need for a waiver, document the application's behavior and impact on users, and agree to publish the information conspicuously for customers prior to installation.

Microsoft reserves the right to publish waiver documentation for customers seeking information on certified software. Download the Certified for Windows Server 2008 Waiver Application and work with your test vendor to complete the waiver request.  
8. Get your Application Tested
Engage an authorized test vendor to receive instructions on how to submit your application for testing.

Authorized test vendors include:

Please note: Applications may be submitted in any language. However, the testing process and communication with the authorized test vendor may be conducted in English only.
9. Get the Logo
After your test vendor has transmitted the passing results to Winqual, you will need to log back into your Winqual account and digitally sign the Logo Licensing Agreement by clicking on “Accept”. Once this agreement is signed your Certified for application will be automatically placed on the Windows Server Catalog. In addition, you will be prompted to download the Certified for Windows Server 2008 Logo artwork.

For questions regarding placement in the Windows Server Catalog send email to wscat@microsoft.com.
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