When we first released Hyper-V, support for Novell’s SUSE Linux Enterprise Server was a shock to many customers. However, we’ve seen many customers in mixed environments virtualize SUSE Linux alongside their Windows virtual machines. We’ve received many requests for additional Linux distributions, and we worked closely with Red Hat to provide this announcement. We’ve now added support for the following Linux distributions to the Linux Integration Components for Hyper-V:
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.2 (x86/x64)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.3 (x86/x64)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5.4 (x86/x64)
These operating systems now have support for the synthetic network and storage devices, enabling significant performance gains.
The components can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?displaylang=en&FamilyID=c299d675-bb9f-41cf-b5eb-74d0595ccc5c .
We’ve also updated the supported guest operating system documentation on Technet – refer to “About Virtual Machines and Guest Operating Systems” on Technet at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc794868(WS.10).aspx for more information.
Q: Will these Linux ICs enable support for more than one virtual CPU?
A: No. This release of the Linux IC’s does not provide support for more than one virtual processor.
Q: Will these Linux ICs enable mouse support?
A: Synthetic mouse support will not be included in this download. However, synthetic mouse drivers for use with Linux running on Hyper-V are available. For more information, see the Citrix Project Satori Web site at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=157779.
Q: Did Citrix develop these ICs?
A: No. The Linux IC’s were developed by a team in the Microsoft Open Source Technology Center. A huge shout out to Hank Janssen, Haiyang Zhang and Hashir Abdi who have been working tirelessly to enhance the capabilities of the IC’s.