Targeting Group Policy at Hyper-V VMs

I make heavy use of group policy in my home environment.  It makes it very easy to push out defaults to all of my various computers and virtual machines.  However, there are times when I have a setting that I only want applied to virtual machines.  Luckily this is somewhat simple to do.  You need… Read more

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 includes Support for Hyper-V

Last week, Red Hat announced the general availability of Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 (details here:  Amongst the various improvements is built-in support for Hyper-V: New Virtualization Capabilities and Flexibility in Multi-vendor Environments. Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.9 enhances the operating system’s usability in multi-vendor environments by introducing Microsoft Hyper-V drivers for improved performance. This… Read more

Ubuntu 12.04 under Hyper-V on Windows 8

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Recently a number of the Hyper-V drivers for Linux made it into the main kernel branch.  This means that native support for Hyper-V is starting to turn up in a number of Linux distributions.  Ubuntu 12.04 LTS is an example of a new Linux release with Hyper-V support “out of the box”. … Read more

Installing Android 2.2 on Hyper-V

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; This is a post that I have been meaning to do for a while now: how to install Android 2.2 in Hyper-V.  While Android is designed for smart phones – there are a number of ports out there for running on standard computers.  Today I am going to show you how to… Read more

Linux Integration Services Version v3.2 for Hyper-V now available

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Yesterday we released a new version of the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V.  You can download them directly from here: Some key changes / new features to call out are: Integrated mouse support Yay!  This means that you no longer need to install a separate package to get integrated mouse support,… Read more

Diagnosing a cause of PXE boot failure

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; The other day I was trying to boot a virtual machine over the network using my Windows Deployment Services (WDS) Server.  This normally works fine – but for some reason I was getting nothing but errors.  Sometimes I would get a DHCP failure, other times I received varied PXE error messages: After… Read more

Recent MVP posts about different operating systems under Hyper-V

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; We have a great group of Hyper-V MVPs who contribute greatly to our users.  Recently there have been some interesting posts about running different operating systems under Hyper-V. Last Thursday, Alessandro Cardoso posted a detailed guide to installing RedHat 6.1 and setting up the latest integration services.  You can read about that… Read more

Linux Integration Services 3.1 for Hyper-V

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; Last week we released an update for the Linux Integration Services for Hyper-V.  You can download the 3.1 release here: Key details are that this release supports the following Linux distributions: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.0 and 6.1 x86 and x64 (Up to 4 vCPU) CentOS 6.0 x86 and x64 (Up… Read more

Installing Ubuntu Server 10.10 on Hyper-V

// Now that the Hyper-V integration services are included in the official Linux builds – I wanted to try out a Linux distribution that is not officially supported by Microsoft and see what was involved in getting it all working.  With the recent release of Ubuntu 10.10 I thought I would try out their server… Read more

Linux Integration Services v2.1 Now Available

tweetmeme_url = ‘’; 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… Read more