Linux Integration Services v2.1 Now Available

Over on the virtualization team blog – Mike Sterling has just announced the availability of the Linux Integration Services v2.1.  And there is a lot to announce here.  Along with the previous support for our high performance virtual storage and network adapters – this release brings in the following new features:

  • SMP Support: All supported Linux distributions can use up to 4 virtual processors per virtual machine.
  • Integrated Shutdown: This means that you can finally shutdown Linux virtual machines directly from the Hyper-V / SCVMM management consoles – without needing to login to the virtual machine first.
  • Time Synchronization: Linux virtual machines will now have their clocks updated to deal with things like “saved states” just like Windows virtual machines.
  • Heartbeat: The virtual machine heartbeat allows you to confirm that Linux is still running and responding inside the virtual machine.

These integration services are supported on the following guest operating systems:

  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 10 SP3
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 11
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 / 5.3 / 5.4 / 5.5

You can download the integration services here: