Beta Linux Integration Services Available – SMP support is coming!



We have just released the beta of the next version of the Linux integration services.  This release brings some much wanted and requested new functionality to our Linux support on Hyper-V.  Specifically it brings:

  • Support for running Linux with up to 4 vCPUs per virtual machine.
  • A time synchronization component to provide the same time synchronization functionality that we have for Windows virtual machines.
  • A shutdown integration components so that Linux virtual machines can be shutdown directly from the Hyper-V user interface / WMI interfaces

This release is currently available on Connect (http://connect.microsoft.com) under the “Linux Integration Services for Microsoft Hyper-V” connection (which you can go and sign up for right now).

This release is supported on all versions of Hyper-V out there – namely:

  • Hyper-V on Windows Server® 2008 Standard, Windows Server® 2008 Enterprise, and Windows Server® 2008 Datacenter (64-bit versions only)
  • Microsoft® Hyper-V Server 2008
  • Hyper-V on Windows® Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, and Datacenter
  • Microsoft® Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

It is officially supported for the following versions of Linux:

  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3 x86 and x64
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP2 will no longer be supported by Novell as of April 12, 2010. Novell recommends that users migrate to SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3.
  • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11 x86 and x64
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2, 5.3, and 5.4 x86 and x64

This new functionality will also be submitted shortly to the Linux kernel – so that it should hopefully appear in your favorite Linux distribution soon.

Cheers,
Ben