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Linux Integration Services v2.1 RTM

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From Virtualization Team Blog

“We are really excited to announce the availability of the Hyper-V Linux Integration Services for Linux Version 2.1. This release marks yet another milestone in providing a comprehensive virtualization platform to our customers. Customers who have a heterogeneous operating system environment desire their virtualization platform to provide support for all operating systems that they have in their datacenters. We have supported Linux as a guest operating system on our virtualization platform from the days of Virtual Server and continue to enhance our support in that regard.”

The following features are included in the 2.1 release:

Driver support for synthetic devices: Linux Integration Services supports the synthetic network controller and the synthetic storage controller that were developed specifically for Hyper-V.
Fastpath Boot Support for Hyper-V: Boot devices take advantage of the block Virtualization Service Client (VSC) to provide enhanced performance.
Timesync: The clock inside the virtual machine will remain synchronized with the clock on the host.
Integrated Shutdown: Virtual machines running Linux can be gracefully shut down from either Hyper-V Manager or System Center Virtual Machine Manager.
Symmetric Multi-Processing (SMP) Support: Supported Linux distributions can use up to 4 virtual processors (VP) per virtual machine.
Heartbeat: Allows the host to detect whether the guest is running and responsive.
Pluggable Time Source: A pluggable clock source module is included to provide a more accurate time source to the guest.

This version of the integration services for Hyper-V supports Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3, SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11, and Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3 / 5.4 / 5.5.
Obtain the Linux IC’s via the Microsoft Download Center.

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July 30, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Linux P2V – Vmware and Hyper-V

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Although you can P2V Windows machines using System Center Virtual Machine Manager, the same functionality is not available for Linux computers (Note:  You can V2V a Linux VM).

VMware vCenter Converter is a free tool that allows you to convert Linux physical machines into VMs. The process will create a vmdk disk file.  The problem is that it appears that the target must be VMware ESX, ESXi, Workstation or Player.

If you need to move that machine to Hyper-V, you can, in theory, use a tool like VMDK2VHD to convert that vmdk to a vhd file. If you’re using System Center Virtual Machine Manager to mange VMware vCenter Server you can do a direct V2V from VMWare ESX to Hyper-V hosts. After migration process, you’ll need to install integration components which are supported on RHEL and SLES.

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February 24, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Hyper-V and Red Hat Enterprise

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From Windows Virtualization Product Group

Hyper-V customers are running both SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and Red Hat Enterprise Linux as guests. We have provided Linux integration components for SUSE Linux Enterprise Server, but customers did not have the same level of performance with Red Hat Enterprise Linux as a guest since the IC’s were not supported for RHEL.

 We are excited to announce the availability of Linux integration components for Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4) which provides synthetic network and storage drivers enabling RHEL to work with the optimized devices provided by Hyper-V.  We’ve already submitted these drivers to the upstream Linux kernel in July 2009 (read here for more information) and are looking forward to these being integrated with a future version of RHEL.  In the meantime, Microsoft will provide full support for these drivers.  Red Hat provides best effort support for these components. Customers interested in understanding how these are supported by Red Hat prior to their inclusion natively into to their distribution can read the details at the Red Hat Knowledge Base article.

 To download this new version of the Linux Integration Components, visit this link on the Microsoft Download Center.

Written by IT Core

February 23, 2010 at 10:10 PM

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