Common Engineering Criteria

Applies To: Microsoft Server Products


All Microsoft server products are required to comply with a set of engineering requirements as part of the Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria (CEC) program. The goal of the CEC program is to reduce the overall total cost of ownership (TCO) through improved integration, manageability, security, reliability, and other critical infrastructure attributes that are expected by our customers. Microsoft continues to add new common engineering criteria to meet the evolving needs of our customers. All server products are evaluated against common engineering criteria. The process includes integrating the CEC program into the product development life cycles, incorporating executive reviews at major milestones, and publishing progress reports before each product launch.

The Common Engineering Criteria Web site ( From this site, you can read an overview about the common engineering criteria or download a document that explains the CEC program in detail. You can filter the CEC scorecards by product or by technical area. You can also download the complete CEC report.

Common Engineering Criteria Scorecards ( As of January 2010, all Microsoft server products comply with the common engineering criteria. These scorecards report each server product’s compliance status for the established common engineering criteria.

Common Engineering Criteria for Microsoft Server Products ( This document explains the motivation for the CEC program, the process for establishing and delivering common engineering criteria, technical details about the requirements, and the compliance details of the Microsoft server products.

Common Engineering Criteria Overview ( This overview describes the following common engineering criteria:

  • Manageability

  • Virtualization readiness

  • Data center and enterprise readiness

  • Reliability

  • Release readiness

  • Product improvement

  • Hardware support

  • Interoperability

  • International support